ESSCS 2016 on Legibility – Program now online

ESSCS 2016
European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS) on Legibility

Dates: 20-24 June 2016
Location: Leiden (Mon-Wed) / Amsterdam (Thurs-Fri)

In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences. It is of particular urgency in a rapidly globalizing world in which the legibility of flows of capital, goods (including cultural products) and people is seen as key to prosperity and security, and in a machine-­‐ centric universe (Lazzarato) in which an ever-­‐larger part of the texts and images that surround us are based on binary code and algorithms.

Given that legibility and traditional reading methods can no longer be taken for granted, we want to ask what it means for something to be (considered) legible and what the stakes and limits of such legibility are. What are the new conditions, forms and technologies of legibility and what is its temporality and spatiality in a globalizing world? How does cultural and historical difference impact legibility, traditionally considered as accessibility and assimilability? What new ways of reading (and kinds of readers) are emerging in relation to old and new media – from distant, surface and descriptive reading to automated perception and data mining, from the Thumbelina (Serres) to the vision machine (Virilio) – and what do they imply about the modes and aims of (il)legibility? What kinds of agency and subjectivations do they afford or presuppose? What values are attached to (il)legibility in discussions about privacy and security, in the ubiquitous imagery of the black box or in museum and archiving practices? And how does the legible relate to the law (to which it has been etymologically linked) and to the sensible or affective?

Panel Sessions

In a number of panel sessions, PhD students will address these questions, in relation to their own research, from cultural, literary, cinematic, material, affective, technological, machinic, linguistic and other perspectives, including the meta-perspective reflecting on the (il)legibility of our own academic writing, especially in interdisciplinary contexts. Papers will be circulated before the start of the summer school, and all PhD participants are requested to read the papers and prepare comments and questions before coming to the panel sessions.

Keynotes and Masterclasses

In addition to the panel sessions, the Summer School will feature keynote lectures and masterclasses by senior scholars.

Keynote speakers:

Masterclasses:

Provisional Program

For the latest version of the program, please click here.

RME students

The Summer School is open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if the following requirements are met:

  • attendance of full program (Mon-Fri)
  • preparatory readings for roundtable and 2 masterclasses (selected out of 4 masterclasses offered)
  • before Sunday 19 June, 15:00: submit 1 question for roundtable + 2 questions for one of the selected masterclasses + 500-word comparison between readings for the other selected masterclass

For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at esscs2016@gmail.com by 1 June 2016.

ESSCS

The ESSCS is an annual network-­‐based event offering interdisciplinary research training in the fields of art and culture. The network comprises the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Giessen, Goldsmiths (University of London), the Université de Paris VIII, the Lisbon Consortium and the University of Trondheim. For more information, see the ESSCS website.

The Organizers

In Leiden: Pepita Hesselberth and Janna Houwen

In Amsterdam: Marie Beauchamps and Esther Peeren

This Summer School is made possible by: 

Sponsors

Location partners:

Location

Newsroom VI – Huisman & Van der Meer: Autobiografische tekst & context

Datum: vrijdag, 27 mei, 14:00-17:00

Locatie: Universiteit van Amsterdam, PC Hoofthuis (Spuistraat 134), lokaal 5.59

Open voor promovendi en stafleden. (Stuur voor de aanmelding svp een mailtje naar s.besser@uva.nl)

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De afgelopen decennia kennen een levendige productie van autobiografische geschriften waarin een “ik” de eigen ervaringen tot onderwerp van representatie heeft gemaakt. Werken over gezondheid en ziekte, geluk en ongeluk, sterven en rouwen maken van die productie een belangrijk deel uit. De autobiografieën kennen een brede lezerskring en krijgen vaak veel aandacht in de media en de kritiek. Dat kan mede worden begrepen tegen de achtergrond van de enorme maatschappelijke belangstelling voor de thematiek van de werken. In deze ‘newsroom’ reflecteren Krina Huisman (RUG) en Anne-Fleur van der Meer (VU) op de relaties tussen autobiografische geschriften en hun omringende gezondheid/welzijnscultuur en op de manier waarop deze relaties kunnen worden bestudeerd.

Uitgangspunt is de constatering dat autobiografische literatuur, waarin in de eerste plaats uitdrukking is verleend aan particuliere ervaringen van een “ik”, tezelfdertijd zijn ingebed in (en refereren aan) discussies, opvattingen, normen en kennis over deze ervaringen in de cultuur. Hoewel de onderzoekers zich ieder in verschillende fasen van hun promotieonderzoek bevinden, hebben zij vergelijkbare theoretische en methodologische vraagstukken geïdentificeerd die bij de bestudering van de relaties tussen tekst en context aan de orde zijn; niet voor niets is ‘the conceptualisation of the relation between tekst and context’ en ‘the analysis of how literary texts are interwoven with cultural contexts’ door Astrid Erll beschreven als ‘one of the major challenges’ in de literatuur- en cultuurwetenschap (2008, 90).

Anne-Fleur van der Meer doet onderzoek naar de representatie van (wetenschappelijke kennis over) depressie in autobiografische literatuur waarbij zij zich afvraagt hoe kennis over depressie in en door literatuur verspreid wordt. De concepten ‘intertekstualiteit’ en ‘interdiscursiviteit’ (o.a. Allan 2008, Kemperink en Vermeer 2008 en Claes 2011) zijn daarbij relevant. Krina Huisman doet onderzoek naar de rol van populaire Nederlandstalige rouwliteratuur in de circulatie van culturele opvattingen en normen van rouw. Het concept ‘cultural template’ (Herman & Vervaeck forthcoming, Ansgar Nünning 2012, 2014) speelt een belangrijke rol in de bestudering van de relatie tussen tekst en context evenals Paul Ricoeurs hermeneutische model (Mimesis I,II,III).

De promovendi zullen tijdens de bijeenkomst ieder kort hun onderzoek voorleggen. Esther op de Beek (UL) – zij werkt aan een onderzoek naar representaties van geluk in hedendaagse literatuur – en Stephan Besser (UvA) – wiens onderzoek zich momenteel richt op tropen en narratieven van de contemporaine neurocultuur – zullen als referenten optreden. Onder meer de volgende vragen zullen in de discussie centraal staan: 1. Op welke manieren wordt er in hedendaags literatuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek over de relatie tussen (autobiografische) tekst en ‘context’ gesproken? 2. Hoe kan deze ‘context’ in kaart worden gebracht? 3. Welke methoden en concepten kunnen worden gebruikt om de relatie tussen tekst en ‘context’ te analyseren en te beschrijven?

Literatuur (optioneel):

Kemperink, Mary en Leonieke Vermeer. ‘Literatuur en wetenschap: een dynamische en complexe relatie.’ Nederlandse Letterkunde 13 (2008) 1: 33-66.

Nünning, Ansgar. ‘Narrativist Approaches and Narratological Concepts for the Study of Culture’. Travelling concepts for the Study of Culture. Eds. Ansgar Nünning and Birgit Neumann. CSC: Concepts for the Study of Culture, 2. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2012. 145-183.

European Summer School for Cultural Studies 2016 – Legibility

Date: June 20-24, 2016

Place: Leiden (Mon-Wed) – Amsterdam (Thurs-Fri); locations to be announced later

ECTS: The Summer School is partially open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at esscs2016@gmail.com by 15 May 2016. When you apply please state that you are registered as an OSL student!

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In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences. It is of particular urgency in a rapidly globalizing world in which the legibility of flows of capital, goods (including cultural products) and people is seen as key to prosperity and security, and in a machine-­‐ centric universe (Lazzarato) in which an ever-­‐larger part of the texts and images that surround us are based on binary code and algorithms.

Given that legibility and traditional reading methods can no longer be taken for granted, we want to ask what it means for something to be (considered) legible and what the stakes and limits of such legibility are. What are the new conditions, forms and technologies of legibility and what is its temporality and spatiality in a globalizing world? How does cultural and historical difference impact legibility, traditionally considered as accessibility and assimilability? What new ways of reading (and kinds of readers) are emerging in relation to old and new media – from distant, surface and descriptive reading to automated perception and data mining, from the Thumbelina (Serres) to the vision machine (Virilio) – and what do they imply about the modes and aims of (il)legibility? What kinds of agency and subjectivations do they afford or presuppose? What values are attached to (il)legibility in discussions about privacy and security, in the ubiquitous imagery of the black box or in museum and archiving practices? And how does the legible relate to the law (to which it has been etymologically linked) and to the sensible or affective?

Panel Sessions

In a number of panel sessions, PhD students will address these questions, in relation to their own research, from cultural, literary, cinematic, material, affective, technological, machinic, linguistic and other perspectives, including the meta-perspective reflecting on the (il)legibility of our own academic writing, especially in interdisciplinary contexts. Papers will be circulated before the start of the summer school, and all participants are requested to read the papers and prepare comments and questions before coming to the panel sessions.

Keynotes and Masterclasses

In addition to the panel sessions, the Summer School will feature keynote lectures and masterclasses by senior scholars.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Confirmed masterclasses

RMA students

The Summer School is partially open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at esscs2016@gmail.com by 15 May 2016.

The organisers

In Leiden: Pepita Hesselberth and Janna Houwen

In Amsterdam: Marie Beauchamps and Esther Peeren

This Summer School is made possible by:

    

 

Lecture – Karin Kukkonen (Oslo): Probability Designs

SMART Cognitive Science Lecture

Karin Kukkonen (University of Oslo):

Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing

Place & time
June 3rd, 16h00-17h30
Oudemanhuispoort, room F0.01, Amsterdam

Abstract
How predictable are narratives? If we consider the situation at the beginning of the fairy tale, it seems rather unlikely that Cinderella will marry the prince. Only once the narrative has run its course, after a number of rather unexpected events (such as the intervention of a fairy godmother), does the outcome of the tale become actually probable. At the same time, however, the generic predictions of the fairy tale would lead readers to expect – as a matter of course — that the heroine will marry her prince.

These issues of predictability and probability tie in with the cognitive approach of so-called “predictive processing”. Predictive processing suggests that the human mind works through predictive, probabilistic models of the world which are constantly revised in light of new observations in a process called “Bayesian inference”. The approach has taken a hold in neuroscience (in the work of Karl Friston and Chris Frith), in developmental psychology (in the work of Alison Gopnik) and in philosophy of mind (in the work of Jakob Hohwy and Andy Clark). Suppose that also literature has something to do with Bayesian inferences? What would be the basic features of its designs on the probabilistic thinking of readers? And how can we distinguish between a sound guess of what is likely to happen next in a tale and the predictions that arise from generic expectations? In this talk, I shall outline how a probabilistic approach to cognition can shed light on these complex constellations of prediction and probability involved in literary narrative.

Bio
Karin Kukkonen is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo and Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She has published on cognitive approaches to comics and graphic novels (Contemporary Comics Storytelling, 2013), embodied and probabilistic cognitive approaches to literary narrative, as well as on the eighteenth-century novel. Her forthcoming monograph A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel brings the neoclassical criticism of the seventeenth and eighteenth century (that was informed by the “new science” of the time) into conversation with today’s cognitive approaches to literature.

Lecture – Joseph Slaughter (Columbia University)

The 2015-2016 Comparative Literature Seminar and the Utrecht University research focus area Culture, Citizenship and Human Rights are happy to announce

Joseph Slaughter

on

Hijacking Human Rights: Neoliberalism and the End of the Third World

Monday, 25 April 2016, 17:00-19:00
Venue: Kanunnikenzaal, Akademiegebouw, UU, entrance: Achter de Dom 7.

Over the past decade, a new historiography of human rights has identified the 1970s as the crucial period when human rights discourse gained traction globally. Most of the historians working in this mode adopt a North Atlantic perspective on the history and concept of human rights; they relegate stories and struggles outside the U.S. and Europe to minor, inconsequential, or irrelevant uses of the languages of human rights. The story of the West’s reduction of human rights to a limited set of individual civil and political protections against state abuses in the 70s cannot be told without recognizing the dramatic foreclosure of other more radical visions of human rights that still obtained in the Third and Fourth Worlds: national self-determination, economic redistribution, and social and cultural security. If the 1970s was the decade of human rights, it was also the decade of hijackings, many of which were undertaken in the name of those broader struggles. As I argue in this lecture, however, none of those airline hijackings was quite as effective as the neo-liberal hijacking of human rights.

Joseph Slaughter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He specializes in literature, law, and socio-cultural history of the Global South (particularly Latin America and Africa). He’s especially interested in the social work of literature-the myriad ways in which literature intersects (formally, historically, ideologically, materially) with problems of social justice, human rights, intellectual property, and international law. His book Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law (Fordham UP, 2007), which explores the cooperative narrative logics of international human rights law and the Bildungsroman, was awarded the 2008 René Wellek prize for comparative literature and cultural theory. He was elected to serve as President of the America Comparative Literature Association in 2016. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Public Voices Fellowship, Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award.

More info:
A.Rigney@uu.nl
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B.M.Kaiser@uu.nl

 

European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS) on Legibility

ESSCS 2016
European Summer School for Cultural Studies (ESSCS) on Legibility

Dates: 20-24 June 2016
Location: Leiden (Mon-Wed) / Amsterdam (Thurs-Fri)

In Margins of Philosophy, Jacques Derrida notes that “it is a mistake to believe in the immediate and ahistorical legibility of a philosophical argument.” The 2016 European Summer School for Cultural Studies departs from the idea that this warning pertains not just to philosophical inquiry, but across academic disciplines, from literary and media studies to law, architecture and the social sciences. It is of particular urgency in a rapidly globalizing world in which the legibility of flows of capital, goods (including cultural products) and people is seen as key to prosperity and security, and in a machine-­‐ centric universe (Lazzarato) in which an ever-­‐larger part of the texts and images that surround us are based on binary code and algorithms.

Given that legibility and traditional reading methods can no longer be taken for granted, we want to ask what it means for something to be (considered) legible and what the stakes and limits of such legibility are. What are the new conditions, forms and technologies of legibility and what is its temporality and spatiality in a globalizing world? How does cultural and historical difference impact legibility, traditionally considered as accessibility and assimilability? What new ways of reading (and kinds of readers) are emerging in relation to old and new media – from distant, surface and descriptive reading to automated perception and data mining, from the Thumbelina (Serres) to the vision machine (Virilio) – and what do they imply about the modes and aims of (il)legibility? What kinds of agency and subjectivations do they afford or presuppose? What values are attached to (il)legibility in discussions about privacy and security, in the ubiquitous imagery of the black box or in museum and archiving practices? And how does the legible relate to the law (to which it has been etymologically linked) and to the sensible or affective?

Panel Sessions

In a number of panel sessions, PhD students will address these questions, in relation to their own research, from cultural, literary, cinematic, material, affective, technological, machinic, linguistic and other perspectives, including the meta-perspective reflecting on the (il)legibility of our own academic writing, especially in interdisciplinary contexts. Papers will be circulated before the start of the summer school, and all participants are requested to read the papers and prepare comments and questions before coming to the panel sessions.

Keynotes and Masterclasses

In addition to the panel sessions, the Summer School will feature keynote lectures and masterclasses by senior scholars.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths, University of London), Colin Davis (Royal Holloway, University of London), Giovanna Fossati (University of Amsterdam/Eye Institute), Isabel Gil (Catholic University of Lisbon), Amade M’Charek (University of Amsterdam), Wayne Modest (Research Center for Material Culture, Leiden).

Confirmed masterclasses: Kiene Brillenburg-Wurth (Utrecht University), Elsbeth Brouwer (University of Amsterdam), Yasco Horsman (Leiden University), Eliza Steinbock (Leiden University).

RMA students

The Summer School is partially open to RMA students. There is a possibility to earn 5 ECTS if certain requirements are met. For more information or to submit a formal application (including your affiliation, a brief motivation and whether you want to earn ECTS), please contact the organizers at esscs2016@gmail.com by 15 May 2016.

ESSCS

The ESSCS is an annual network-­‐based event offering interdisciplinary research training in the fields of art and culture. The network comprises the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Giessen, Goldsmiths (University of London), the Université de Paris VIII, the Lisbon Consortium and the University of Trondheim. For more information, see the ESSCS website.

The Organizers

In Leiden: Pepita Hesselberth and Janna Houwen
In Amsterdam: Marie Beauchamps and Esther Peeren 

This Summer School is made possible by: 

LOGOSDIVERS

Masterclass & Lectures – How to Analyze Image-Texts

Amsterdam Comics welcomes Prof. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins London) and Prof. Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow)

Date: 14 April 2016, 10:00-17:00
Location: 10.00-13.00 University Library – Potgieterzaal / 13.00-17.00 University Library – Doelenzaal
Singel 425, Amsterdam
Master class open to: RMa students who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool). RMa students who are members of OSL will have first access. RMa Students will receive 1 EC for attending the full day and preparing an object of inquiry for the master class.
Registration

To an increasing degree, the image has found its way back into literature. But where the inclusion of images in literary texts is still often seen as a liminal phenomenon, it has been the central challenge for researchers in the burgeoning field of comics studies for decades. The comic book medium, especially in its more recent rebranding as the “graphic novel”, challenges preconceived notions of the fringes of the literary in both the sense of what constitutes the textual and good taste. Rather than redrawing the boundaries between these media and genres, this master class aims to explore how concepts from both of these theoretical backgrounds can inform the ways in which we look at cultural objects in which text and image are combined. This course, then, is for students who are interested in analyzing comics, illustrations in literary texts, book covers, digital literature, and other ways in which image and text cohabitate cultural objects in the 20th and 21st century. Participating students will be required to present a research object that they find interesting and/or challenging in this context, which will then be discussed by Prof. Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins London) and Prof. Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow) who are experts in the fields of comics history and image-text interactions more broadly. Preceding the master class are two public lectures by Grove and Sabin, which participants must also attend.

Preliminary Programme

9:30-10:00
Registration

10:00-10:15
Welcome

10:15-11:30   
Public Lecture, Roger Sabin: “The Origins of Comics Criticism”

11:30-11:45
Coffee Break

11:45-13:00 
Public Lecture, Laurence Grove: “Comics Invention: The Making Of”

13:00-15:00  
Lunch Break

15:00-17:00   
Master class with Roger Sabin and Laurence Grove

 

Prof. Roger Sabin “Comics versus Books”

This lecture will survey the boundaries of the debate on “culture” sparked by comics entering the mainstream in the late 19th century, looking at why printed images were so distrusted, and why the binary between books (“improving”) and comics (“corroding”) proved so difficult to challenge. The talk will suggest that the debate marks the origin of modern formulations of “pop culture.” In exploring the ways in which comics were perceived by critics in the late Victorian period, with a focus on the UK (at the time the world-leading producer of comics), it is possible to highlight fears about negative effects on “moral and political” behaviour. This entailed commentary on comics that involved the kind of language we might associate with backlashes against them in the 20th century (“a plague,” “a fungus,” etc.). But, as this lecture will argue, it could also encompass a celebration of comics as the “authentic vernacular” —the beating heart of the country.

Roger Sabin is Professor of Popular Culture at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. His books include Adult Comics: An Introduction (Routledge), and Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels (Phaidon). He reviews graphic novels for the press and radio.

Prof. Laurence Grove, “Comic Invention: The Making Of”

 This lecture debates the debate over the world’s first comic through an examination of the ups and downs of the making of the forthcoming comics exhibition Comic Invention. Looking at graphic narrative in its widest sense, the exhibition challenges various assertions of the origin of comics through showcasing treasures from the ancient Egyptians alongside Hogarth and Rembrandt, challenges the perceived boundaries between art and comics through the work of Picasso, Lichtenstein, Télémaque, Hockney, and Warhol, and challenges the notions of the original and copy in comics through the first major display of original drawings by graphic artist Frank Quitely of DC Comics. In light of these challenges, the exhibition establishes Scotland as home to the world’s first comic, The Glasgow Looking Glass of 1825, as a counterpoint to the original manuscript and initial printed edition of Rodolphe Töpffer’s Histoire de Monsier Jabot (c. 1833), to be displayed for the first time worldwide thanks to a generous Los Angeles loan.

Laurence Grove is Professor of French and Text/Image Studies and Director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on historical aspects of text/image forms, and in particular bande dessinée.  He is President of the International Bande Dessinée Society (‘www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ibds’).  As well as serving on the consultative committees of a number of journals, he is co-editor of European Comic Art.  Laurence (also known as Billy) has authored (in full, jointly or as editor) nine books, including Comics in French (Berghahn, 2010 and 2013) and approximately fifty chapters or articles. He is currently working on Comic Invention exhibition that will open at The Hunterian, Glasgow, in March 2016, and has long terms hopes of seeing a National Comics Academy.

 

Symposium ‘Reading the Present through the Past’ & Call for Delegates (RMa)

Reading the Present through the Past
Forms and Trajectories of Neo-Historical Fiction

Date: 4 March 2016
Venue: University of Amsterdam. Bungehuis (BH), Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam
Open to: RMa students and PhD Candidates who are a member of a Dutch Graduate Research School (onderzoekschool), and others that are interested
Credits: 1 ECTS (for RMa students, by attending the symposium, readings assigned materials and completing a short assignment). For more information please contact s.besser@uva.nl.
Fee: (non-members:) €25. OSL RMa are students eligible for a fee waiver.
Registration: Send an email with your name, institutional affiliation (if available) and if you agree to having your e-mail address listed in the programme to VanDamHD@cardiff.ac.uk, with a cc to osl-fgw@uva.nl (open until 28 February)

Ever since the turn of the twenty-first century, literary and cultural returns to earlier periods have become increasingly frequent and visible. Novels on past eras dominate the shortlists of literary prizes and the number of historical films and TV series has exploded. The popularity of Hilary Mantel’s books about Henry VIII’s court, the success of TV series like Sherlock and The Americans and of graphic novel series like Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are cases in point. Many of these works, however, seem to relate to the past in ways that are different from earlier historical novels and films. According to Elodie Rousselot, editor of the recent collection Exoticizing the Past in Neo-Historical Fiction (2014), literary contributions to this trend belong to a new subgenre of contemporary historical fiction, the ‘neo-historical novel’. Even though it is set in the past, ‘neo-historical’ fiction aims to discuss and mediate the concerns and occupations of our current age. In establishing overt connections to the present day, these works display an awareness of their own constructedness and open ways for a critical reflection on exoticizing approaches to the past.

For this symposium, we will think about and discuss the continuities and specificities of contemporary (neo)historical fiction and explore it as a literary and cultural phenomenon.

Keynote speakers
Dr Elodie Rousselot (University of Portsmouth)
Prof. Elisabeth Wesseling (Maastricht University)

Dutch Research Master students can receive 1 ECTS by attending the symposium and completing a short assignment.

Programme

9:00 – 9:25
Registration

University of Amsterdam location Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210

9:30 – 10:40
Opening & keynote 1 (room BH 401) Dr Elodie Rousselot (University of Portsmouth), ‘Neo-Historical Fiction: Forms and Manifestations’
Chair: Daný van Dam (Cardiff University)

10:40 – 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30
Session 1

Panel 1A: Factual Fictions: Literary Approaches to Historical Narrative (room BH 337)
Chair: Rebekah Donovan (Manchester Metropolitan University)

  • Beatrix van Dam (University of Münster), ‘Snapshots of the Past: Reading the Present through the Past in Contemporary Factual Narratives’
  • Michael Green (Northumbria University), ‘Ghosting Through: Appropriation and Resistance in the Contemporary Historiographical Novel’
  • Catrinel Popa (University of Bucharest), ‘Re-Reading the Past in East-European Historiographic Metafictions’

Panel 1B: Popularising the Neo-Historical (room BH 401)
Chair: Akira Suwa (Cardiff University)

  • Sandra Becker (University of Groningen), ‘“The Pain from an Old Wound”: Mad Men, Masters of Sex, and the Dual Appeal of Nostalgia and Struggle’
  • Megen de Bruin-Molé (Cardiff University), ‘Historical Monsters and Contemporary Privilege in the Team Mashup’
  • Ruby de Vos (University of Amsterdam), ‘“I haven’t taken anything seriously since 1918”: Parody and Camp as a Counter-Strategy in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’

12:30 – 13:15
Lunch

13:15 – 14:15
Keynote 2 (room BH 004) Prof. Elisabeth Wesseling (Maastricht University), ‘The Victorian Past as a Foreign Country? Unraveling Exoticism in Robert Edric’s The Book of the Heathen (2000)’
Chair: Claire O’Callaghan (Brunel University)

14:20 – 15:50
Session 2

Panel 2A: Non-Normative Identities in Neo-Historical Fiction (room BH 004)
Chair: Barbara Franchi (Kent University)

  • Akira Suwa (Cardiff University), ‘Playing with Genres: Women, Class, and Domesticity in Sarah Waters’s The Paying Guests’
  • Claire O’Callaghan (Brunel University), ‘A Uniform of One’s Own: Rethinking Military Masculinities in Sandi Toksvig’s Valentine Grey (2012)’
  • Daný van Dam (Cardiff University), ‘(Neo-)Victorian Homosexuality for Dutch Teens in Floortje Zwigtman’s Green Carnation Trilogy’

Panel 2B: Nature and (Digital) Culture in Neo-Historical Fiction (room BH 302)
Chair: Myrte Wouterse (Leiden University)

  • Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir (University of Iceland), ‘“What Gifts We Are Given”: The Disruptive and Anti-Environmental Workings of Historical Violence as Presented in Susan Fletcher’s Witch Light’
  • Rebekah Donovan (Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘The Neo-Victorian Novel in the Digital Age: The Case of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries’
  • Dominique Brigham (University of Amsterdam), ‘Would you Kindly?: Exploring Jack as the Abject in Bioshock’

15:50 – 16:10
Coffee break

16:10 – 17:40
Session 3

Panel 3A: Women Writing (in) Neo-Historical Fiction (room BH 004)
Chair: Megen de Bruin (Cardiff University)

  • Catherine Han (Cardiff University), ‘Re-reading Feminist Hystories through the Brontës: Nineteenth-Century Literature, Second-Wave Feminism and Contemporary Women’s Writing’
  • Barbara Franchi (University of Kent), ‘No Future: Queer Motherhood and Dangerous Writing in A.S. Byatt’s Neo-Victorian Fiction’
  • Lucy Arnold (University of Leeds), ‘If the Dead Need Translators: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Haunting in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall’

Panel 3B: Neo-Historical Fiction and the Politics of Memory (room BH 401)
Chair: Elisabeth Wesseling (Maastricht University)

  • Rik Spanjers (University of Amsterdam), ‘The Dialectics of Engagement: Remembering and Politicizing the Past in Red Skull Incarnate and Magneto Testament’
  • Kelly Yin Nga Tse (University of Oxford), ‘(Re)writing Colonial Memory: Transnational History in Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain’
  • Arnoud Arps (University of Amsterdam), ‘Mending the Present with the Blood of Eagles: Merdeka’s Neo-Historical Re-imagining of Indonesia’s Pluralism’

17:40 – 18:00
Discussion & closing

19:00 C
onference dinner (register separately)

Further information will also made available on our facebook page.

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Call for Delegates (RMa) – Worlding the Brain: Patterns, Rhythms and Narratives in Neuroscience and the Humanities (Amsterdam, March 17-19)

Date: March 17-19, 2016

Location: University of Amsterdam 

OSL RMa students can obtain 2 EC by attending the international conference “Worlding the Brain: Patterns, Rhythms, Narrative in Neuroscience and the Humanities” in Amsterdam on March 17-19, 2016. This conference explores the ‘worldings’ of the brain in various discursive, cultural and technological environments and reflects upon the entanglements of neuronal processes with cultural practices. Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University), Prof. Jean Pierre Changeux (Collège de France, Institut Pasteur) and Prof. Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University). In order to obtain credits, students have to attend the conference, study the conference reader (ca. 170 pp.) and write a brief report. For more information and in order to register please send an e-mail to s.besser@uva.nl before March 7, 2016. (OSL RMa students are eligible for a fee waiver).

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Interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Amsterdam

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University)
  • Prof. Jean Pierre Changeux (Collège de France, Institut Pasteur)
  • Prof. Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University)

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The human brain is ubiquitous in contemporary science and culture. Knowledge of the brain has made the journey from the labs of cognitive neuroscientists out into the world, where it has taken on a life of its own in various social fields and artistic and intellectual discourses, including the humanities. This interest in the brain and its influence on culture at large are likely to continue, with the recent multi-billion US Brain initiative and EU Human Brain Project now being in place. At the same time, in a parallel development to the cultural dissemination of brain research, cognitive neuroscientists are increasingly interested in how the brain’s functional and structural properties are partly determined by its material, social and cultural environments. New research has begun to address how the brain responds to specific social and discursive practices or cultural information and how it is influenced by art, technology and social exchanges. This interest in the interaction between brains and their environments has led to fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations between neuroscientists, social scientists and humanities scholars.

The ‘worlding’ of the brain occurs when we place the brain in worldly contexts, study its interaction with various environments and reflect upon its entanglements with cultural practices and processes. It is our aim to bring together scholars from different backgrounds in an interdisciplinary setting that stimulates a productive exchange of different views of the mutual influence of the extra-cerebral world on the brain and the brain on the world. In order to study these processes, we will focus on patterns, rhythms and narratives as central themes of the symposium. On the one hand, patterns, rhythms, and narratives are used to sort, integrate, abstract and contextualize information in the brain. On the other hand, they are found in historical, social and cultural processes that provide the brain with environmentally specific information. Combining these perspectives can yield wide-ranging insights. This symposium will therefore bring together neuroscientific, social scientific and humanities perspectives on the role of patterns, rhythms and narratives in worldings of the brain.

We invite papers that offer perspectives for an interdisciplinary dialogue on topics such as:

  • the co-evolution and co-constitution of patterns in brain processes and cultural patterns
  • correlations between patterns in the brain and phenomena of information; “chunking” in cultural contexts
  • narrative comprehension at the intersection of neuroscientific, cognitive and humanities approaches
  • patterns and narratives through which the brain takes shape in public discourse
  • the role of media and technology in worldings of the brain; brain maps in the world
  • the relation between [bodily] motion, dance and cognition
  • translation of brain patterns and rhythms into artistic forms
  • artistic practices as creative research into patterns
  • patterns, rhythms and narratives as cognitive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools
  • interdisciplinary perspectives on intercultural differences with regard to patterns and narratives
  • causes and consequences of pattern and narrative ‘overload’

We invite proposals for 15 minute presentations, allowing after each presentation a 15 minute discussion. We encourage interdisciplinary co-presentations or pre-constituted interdisciplinary panels. When submitting a proposal, please include a title; an abstract of ca. 250 words; a short bio and a short bibliography that includes three publications that are relevant for your topic.

The final deadline for submissions has been extended to January 24, 2016, 23.59 GMT. We will accept submissions on a rolling basis, with a final acceptance notice by January 29, 2016. The fee for participating in the symposium will be € 150,00.

Proposals and inquiries can be sent to: asca-fgw@uva.nl (subject: ‘Worlding the Brain 2016’).

Conference website: www.worldingthebrain2016.com

This symposium is organized by the ASCA research group Neuroaesthetics and Neurocultures, and in collaboration with the following partners:

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam Brain and Cognition, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), and Art of Neuroscience

 

 

 

 

 

OSL General Meeting and Research Day

Date: January 12, 2016; 14:30 – open end
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Bungehuis (Spuistraat 210, room 4.01); buffet at de Brakke Grond (Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam)

Invitation

We cordially invite all our postgraduate members (PhD-candidates, post-docs and staff members) to the first OSL General Meeting and Research on January 12, 2016 (13:00-18:30, buffet afterwards). The goal of this event is twofold: On the one hand, it is intended as a forum for the discussion and exchange of feedback on upcoming funding applications by OSL members; on the other hand, it is designed to stimulate future collaborations and a culture of synergy and mutual support by literary scholars in times of shrinking resources and fierce competition.

In order to achieve the first goal, we invite all OSL members who intend to submit funding applications for the NWO calls Internationalisering in de geesteswetenschappen (March 2016) and Vrije competitie geesteswetenschappen (April 2016) or other upcoming calls to present their plans of first ideas. For individual scholars and groups who intend to participate in these competitions the gathering will be provide ample opportunity to receive feedback from a selected group of senior OSL researchers on their proposals, acquire new network contacts  and explore possibilities for collaboration with other OSL scholars. (An expert from NWO will also be present to give advice as well.) OSL members who would like to receive feedback on their proposals calls are kindly asked to hand in a brief draft (400 words) by December 15, 2016 to OSL-fgw@uva.nl. NB: It is not our ambition to replace the various supporting services for funding applications offered by the different universities but to provide feedback from within the field and strengthen the team spirit within literary studies.

In order to achieve the second goal, we will set up a part of the meeting as a matchmaking and discussion event where OSL members can learn about each other’s current research interests and discuss the future research agenda of OSL and recent developments in the field.

Programme

14:30     Welcome and general introduction

15:00     Guest lecture prof. Ansgar Nünning (Giessen): “Forms and Functions of Narrative Worldmaking as a Paradigm for Literary (and Cultural Studies) in the 21st Century? Concepts, Frameworks and Modest Proposals”

16:00     Coffee break

16:15     Matchmaking and discussion event

Matchmaking and discussion event (5-6 tables, participants circulate). Topics of the tables (provisional):

  1. What are the research topics that OSL wants to push and how can we achieve this?
  2. Which issues in the sphere of education and society at large do we want to push and how can we achieve this?
  3. Suggestions for the positioning of OSL in the Dutch research landscape
  4. Perspectives for interdisciplinary research; the relation of literary studies to cultural studies, disability studies, urban studies etc.
  5. Perspectives for sociological forms of research and digital humanities
  6. Perspectives for hermeneutics and rhetorical studies

18:00     Roundtable

18:30     Diner (at Brakke Grond)

Registration

Please register for participation in this event by sending an e-mail to OSL via OSL-fgw@uva.nl by December 15, 2016. For questions and suggestions please contact Stephan Besser (s.besser@uva.nl)

  • All participants: Please sign up for 3 of the 6 discussion tables. You are invited to suggest new topics for discussion tables as  well (even before your registration).
  • If you want to present and receive feedback on a research idea/funding appliction please include a brief draft of your project (400 words). Your draft will be handled confidentially.