Ravenstein Seminar 2016 – Cultural Hierarchies

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Date: January 27-29, 2016

This conference will focus on the formation, shape and impact of cultural hierarchies on western literature in the twentieth and twenty-first century. The conference aims to complicate existing views of the genealogy and functioning of cultural hierarchies by exploring hitherto largely neglected practices and discourses. The interactions between various forms of high and low culture will be given a special emphasis, as well as middlebrow culture as a distinct cultural sphere with its own protocols and practices

Course – Creative Writing: Practice, Research and Reflection

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Dates: Oct 1, Nov 5 and Dec 10, 2015

In this course, participants learn to reflect on academic writing as a genre and are stimulated to improve their academic writing skills. They learn to use creative writing techniques as a form of artistic research and element of their methodologies. In addition, the participants are introduced to recent research on creative writing as a historical and discursive phenomenon

OSL Seminar 2015-16 – Literature and Ethics

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Dates: Oct 8, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Dec 11

Lectures and seminars by: Yra van Dijk (Leiden University), Carrol Clarkson (University of Amsterdam), Jacob Lothe (University of Oslo), Liesbeth Korthals Altes (University of Groningen), Max van Duijn (Leiden University) and Derek Attridge (University of York)

Reading group Fredric Jameson


Antinomies of Realism Rik Spanjers and Stephan Besser (UvA) are looking for fellow scholars (RMa students, PhD candidates, staff members) to discuss Fredric Jameson’s most recent book The Antinomies of Realism (2013), in particular the first part on the relation of narrative, realism and what Jameson terms the ‘present of affect’. If you are interested…  Read more →

Call for Ideas and Proposals

Call for ideas

We would like to encourage all OSL members—RMa students, PhD candidates and staff members at the different universities—to contribute their ideas, research interests and expertise to the OSL programme

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