André du Bouchet centenary conference

Edgbaston Park Hotel, Hybrid Event
Friday 12 April 2024 (09:30-17:30)

For more information and to register, please contact Emma Wagstaff:

International conference organised by Thomas Augais (Sorbonne) Olivier Belin (Rouen) and Emma Wagstaff (Birmingham)

University of Birmingham, 12 April 2024 and Sorbonne University, Paris, 6-7 June 2024 

Part 1: André du Bouchet and Translation

Edgbaston Park Hotel, 12 April 2024 and hybrid online

Supported by the College of Arts and Law, The Society for French Studies, the Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni and the University of Rouen

André du Bouchet (1924-2001) was a major poet and translator writing in France in the second half of the twentieth century. The first part of this conference assessing his writing and legacy one hundred years after his birth will consider his work as translator from German, English, and Russian, including in particular his translations of Paul Celan, as well as translations of his poetry and his reflection on the process of translation.

To register and for the Zoom link, please contact Emma Wagstaff:


9.30 Accueil / Welcome and introduction 


  • Julian Koch, ‘Translation as Poetics in the Works of André du Bouchet’
  • Dirk Weissmann, ‘André du Bouchet’s Celan Translations: Revisiting the Dynamics of Author-Translator Collaboration with Special Emphasis on “Le Méridien”’ 

11.15 Pause café / Tea and coffee


  • Michel Murat, ‘Vakante Glut. Paul Celan traducteur d'André du Bouchet’
  • Evelyn Dueck, ‘« La voie fatalement insolite de la littéralité » - la poétique de la traduction dans la correspondance d’André du Bouchet et Bernhard Böschenstein’

1.00 Lunch (Edgbaston Park Hotel)


  • Caroline Andriot-Saillant, ‘Dans la vacance de soi : traduire l'air de Shakespeare’
  • Luke Roberts, ‘Meeting in the Language: Iliassa Sequin and André du Bouchet’

4.00 Pause café / Tea and coffee


  • Lecture bi-/multilingue de poésie et discussion
  • Bi-/multilingual poetry reading and discussion

Attendance is free for postgraduate researchers and for those attending online. There is a charge of £25 for those attending in person (except PGR/Ts) to cover refreshments.

Part 2 Sorbonne University, Paris, 6-7 June 2024