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Melissa Pawelski

I have joined the University of Warwick in October 2017 as a PhD student and my project is supervised by Dr Oliver Davis (French Studies) and Professor Stuart Elden (PAIS). I am based in the School of Modern Languages (French Studies).

My thesis considers the English and German translations of Michel Foucault’s Surveiller et punir. Naissance de la prison (Paris: Gallimard, 1975):
Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison, translated by Alan Sheridan (London: Penguin, 1991 [1977])
Überwachen und Strafen. Die Geburt des Gefängnisses, translated by Walter Seitter (Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 1977)

I am particularly interested in the translation of concepts and ideas, such as pouvoir, puissance, supplice, dispositif and assujettissement. I have also started to explore Michel Foucault’s writing style and use of rhetoric, including metaphors and irony. The aim of this project is to make a contribution to the emerging disciplinary association of Translation Studies, Philosophy and Theory that recognises philosophical and theoretical texts as particularly challenging for translation.

I have been fortunate to receive funding from the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) at Warwick in the form of a Doctoral Fellowship to organise a one-day interdisciplinary conference on Saturday, 11th May 2019. Please see the Twitter feed and website below for information.

Research interests
  • Translation of Philosophy and Theory
  • Michel Foucault
  • Philosophy of Geography
  • Reception and influence of philosophy and social theory in the social sciences

Conferences
11th May 2019, forthcoming
Translating Philosophy and Theory - Style, Rhetoric and Concepts
~~~ CfP available! ~~~ please visit the webpage
Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick, One Day Interdisciplinary Conference
Organiser (HRC Doctoral Fellow)
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/tpt


12th - 13th October 2018
La réception de la pensée française contemporaine au prisme de la traduction
Université Paris 3 La Sorbonne Nouvelle
Speaker 'Lire Michel Foucault en anglais: L'exemple de Surveiller et punir'

23rd May 2018
PG Annual Symposium of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Questioning the disappearance of disciplinary boundaries, University of Warwick
Organiser & Speaker 'Connecting knowledges: Translation Studies as an interdiscipline'

26th – 28th January 2017
Neue Kulturgeographie XIV Konferenz, Bayreuth University, Germany
Presentation (in German): “Michel Foucault: ein relevanter Denker für die Humangeographie? Ein Einblick in das deutsche, französische und britische Forschungsfeld” (Michel Foucault, a relevant thinker in Human Geography? Insights into the German, French and British research fields).

Teaching
2018-19 Term 1 Seminar tutor for FR121 Story of Modern France, Mondays 2-3pm

Administrative Roles
2018-19 SSLC Chair for SMLC
2017-18 SSLC Course Rep French Studies for SMLC

Awards
2018-19 HRC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Warwick
2018-21 CADRE PhD Scholarship, University of Warwick
2015-16 Postgraduate Scholarship, Swansea University
2015-16 Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary Student Prize for Outstanding Contribution
2014-15 Erasmus and Explo'RA (France, Rhône-Alpes) student bursaries
Qualifications
BA (Lyon), 2015
MSc by Research (Swansea), 2017
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Melissa Pawelski

m dot pawelski at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office hours: please email me