Jelinek in the Arena

Sport, Cultural Understanding and Translation to Page and Stage

The production of Sports Play by Elfriede Jelinek was accompanied by the first dedicated conference on Elfriede Jelinek in the UK taking place at Lancaster University 11-13 July 2012. 

The Department of European Languages and Cultures (DELC) and the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) at Lancaster University have joined forces to bring you an exciting series of public events based on the work of Austrian playwright and Nobel laureate, Elfriede Jelinek. Offering a brief time-out from London 2012, the academic conference looks at the work of Austria's foremost contemporary writer and Nobel laureate in the light of sport, translation and cultural understanding. Elfriede Jelinek's body of work could be read as a model cultural Olympics all of its own. Her intersections with a multiplicity of different artistic forms are legend. Not only has she penned novels, plays, poetry, screenplays, and essays, but she can also point to libretti, to numerous of her own translations of other writers, and to collaborations with a wide variety of artists, composers and intellectuals. Furthermore, her efforts to speak to both highly specialized audiences and to ordinary individuals provide us with a model for understanding how elite performances are valued by multiple audiences and evolve in collaboration with them. At the same time, sport and the mass public consumption of cultural events have been a recurrent point of criticism and a frequent theme within Jelinek's work to date.

For more information and the conference programme please visit conference website.