26-28 October 2016
Currently, public discourse in Europe is dominated by crises: conflicts over migration politics and refugee quotas, financial meltdowns, member states’ threats to exit the EU. This discourse of crisis seems to corroborate the complaints of sceptics who consider Europe a loosely stitched patchwork on the brink of disintegration. On the other hand, the story of Europe can be told as a transnational success story. From this perspective, the continent is best described as the site of a peaceful and pervasive quest for unifying ideas, common ideals, and shared cultural values
26-28 October 2016
Date: January 25-27, 2017 / EC: 5
During this winter school participants will get an overview of essential developments in recent research in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities and have an opportunity explore their own interest in these fields. The 2017 Ravenstein Seminar will start with an introductory workshop for RMA students on January 25 and continue with a two day conference on January 26-27. During the conference, international guest speakers and experts from Dutch universities will give presentations on selected aspects of the current ecocritical moment and its genealogies.
The seminar consists of ten sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2016-17 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers
Deadline: December 1, 2016
We encourage all OSL staff members (i.e. OSL members with an appointment at a Dutch university) to contribute their ideas, research interests and expertise to the OSL programme. OSL can offer you an opportunity to organise a workshop or seminar about topics relating to your own research for highly motivated RMA students.
June 12 – 16, 2017 / For PhD candidates
Literature and art are always situated in a context, both literally, metaphorically and by reference. But what does this ‘situatedness’ mean? How do literature and art imagine or critically reflect a community, a state or a world and what does the social and cultural context of the reader or the spectator mean for the interpretation of a work of literature or art? Do globalization and new media change our understanding of what context is? And do new methods of comparatism or Big Data entail new ways of perceiving the concept of context?