Catherine Lefebvre Online Lecture: “Self-Translation & Translating Meaning Through Contemporary Art”

Location: Zoom



1:00 pm

- 2:00 pm


Catherine Lefebvre

“Self-Translation & Translating Meaning Through Contemporary Art”

Friday, June 21

1-2pm EST on Zoom; register here:

How is it possible to communicate meaning in art through translation? How does diplomacy work through translation? Can we think of translation as a kind of soft power? If so, why do authors such as Karen Blixen / Isak Dinesen self-translate their writing? In this online talk at Harvard, Catherine Lefebvre will draw on examples from her current work as a curator of contemporary art and the cultural attachée for the Danish Embassy in Paris as well as from her work as the former director of the Karen Blixen Museum.

This event is hosted by the GSAS Fellowships & Writing Center, the Language Center, and Translation Studies 260, with support from the Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund at Harvard University.

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Catherine Lefebvre holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, an MA in History of Ideas from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and was awarded two scholarships from New York University. From 1997 to 2009, she pursued her career as a curator with The Danish Contemporary Art Foundation and The Danish Arts Foundation collaborating on exhibitions including The Venice Biennial and Documenta. In 2009, she was appointed director of the Karen Blixen Museum, exploring the work of the Danish writer with regard to identity, language, gender, sustainability, and global context. On Blixen, she has published scholarship in Revue littéraire mensuelle and Scandinavica. Lefebvre has also collaborated with Tokai University Denmark and served as an external lecturer and researcher at Tokai University in Japan. Currently she is involved with Tokai as a member of the board of the Tokai Alumni Association. In 2021, she was appointed as a project manager of classical music at Art Music Denmark, a national centre for contemporary, experimental music and sound art. In 2023, she was appointed cultural attaché and director of Le Bicolore at The Danish Embassy in Paris as well as director of The Fondation Danoise in Paris.