Editors Note


The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry at UCL (SCCI) is delighted to introduce the fourth issue of our postgraduate journal, Tropos. The papers included were all presented at the 2016 Conference, titled ‘Belonging and Transgression’. The papers addressed a wide variety of disciplinary interests in connection with the title theme, intended to allow a point of convergence for scholars from a number of eclectic intellectual backgrounds. The submissions each explored how notions of Belonging and Transgression could be understood and interpreted across a number of cultural, linguistic, and theoretical contexts.

This edition of Tropos presents an exclusive selection of the papers presented at the conference, which in 2016 enjoyed its fourth year running. The conference was held at University College London on 23rd-24th June 2016 and was organised by members of the Society from both the School of European Language, Culture, and Societies (SELCS) and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). It featured numerous postgraduate speakers from across the UK and Europe as well as keynote addresses from Professor Mairéad Hanrahan (Chair of French, UCL) and Professor John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature, UCL)

The research presented at the conference drew on a wide variety of disciplines, speaking to a range of different subjects as diverse as writings on the politics of AIDS/HIV in France, the 16th century legal discussions on the rights of free-movement of peoples, and mid-twentieth century Hungarian theatre. The conference stimulated lively discussions provoked by the theme and the different methods of addressing it throughout the papers. These conversations continued long after the formal proceedings concluded. We are delighted to share a selection of the papers from this conference with you in these pages, and we hope that a similarly lasting discussion will occur between you, the reader, and the articles in this third edition of Tropos.

The conference series will continue in 2017 and organised by the Graduate Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry.

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DOI: 10.14324/111.2057-2212.071

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Woodcock, A., (2017) “Editors Note”, Tropos 4(1).







Alexander Woodcock (UCL, UK)




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