NIAS Workshop Women Writers in History

On behalf of our colleagues of the HERA Travelling TexTs project, we’d like to call your attention to the following event.  Between 2013 and 2016 the European HERA Travelling TexTs project was being carried out in 5 countries – one of those being the Netherlands, more precisely The Hague: Huygens ING. The other countries were the United Kingdom (with the project leader in Glasgow), Finland, Norway and Slovenia. This research project had been prepared during a European COST Action, and was being done within an online database. The database itself was also completely restructured, extended and further developed – allowing new research. Some of the outcomes were already presented and published; two books are to follow.

This central database, transformed into the NEWW VRE (NEWW as: New approaches to European Women’s Writing) will be presented to colleagues, students and interested readers of women’s literature, June 14th and 15th in Amsterdam, during a NIAS workshop organized at Spinhuis.

This workshop will illustrate the progress made – thanks to the COST and HERA projects, as well as to  support by NWO, SURF and CLARIN-NL – for research about women’s literary history. The ways in which the NEWW VRE is functioning will be demonstrated. This tool will indeed be also at the core of future and ongoing collaboration: in the form of a recently created DARIAH Working Group, entitled Women Writers in History. We will highlight the coherence and continuity between the earlier research, digitizing and internationalizing projects and this new, more open, situation as a Working Group.

The workshop will be held in English and covers 2 days: the “presentation day” (14 June) will be followed by an expert meeting in which Working Group members will discuss their future collaboration.

Colleagues and interested readers, specialist and non-specialists are invited to take part in the “presentation day” on 14 June, where speakers will include:

  • Marie Nedregotten Sørbø (Volda University College, Norway)
  • Amelia Sanz (Complutense University Madrid, Spain)
  • Orsi Réthelyi (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary and Huygens ING)
  • Isabel Lousada (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Lotte Jensen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Petra Broomans (Groningen University)

Click here to view the programme

Anyone interested is invited to join us on 14 June. Please register here before June 6 2017. Colleagues, MA students, stake-holders in Cultural Heritage Institutions can join the discussions of the expert meeting on 15 June – please take contact with organizer Suzan van Dijk.

Vacancy – Assistantship in English Literature at Ghent University

Apply until 30/05/2017 23:59 CEST
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Department LW07 – Literary Studies
AAP temporary appointment – 100%
1 position(s)


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students.


  • At least 50% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation in English literature, from a general, comparative and/or theoretical angle.
  • You will assist in the teaching activities at the department, specifically the following courses introductory and survey courses in English Literature at the B.A. level.
  • You will assist in the internal and external services of the department.


  • You hold a Master’s degree in (Historical) Linguistics and Literary Studies, Comparative Modern Literature or an equivalent degree, with English as part of your programme. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You are interested in academic teaching, in scholarly and project-based research and in services, both within and outside the English section.
  • Your scholarly profile focuses on English literature, and you have a clear interest in other literatures.
  • You have didactic and communicative qualities; you are committed to an inspiring working climate in the section.
  • You have excellent academic communication skills in English (active and passive, oral and written).


  • We offer you a two-year appointment, which may be renewed twice for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a junior assistant or doctoral fellow at a university within the Flemish Community, this appointment will be deducted from the maximum term of appointment, which is six years at the most according to the Codex of Higher Education.
  • Your appointment will start on 1 October 2017 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3. More information is available on our website.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website (in Dutch).


Apply online via this application before last application date (see above). Make sure you upload the following documents:

  • application letter
  • cv, including an overview of study results (merged into one file of maximum 5 MB)
  • a transcript of the required degree
  • for diplomas awarded outside the European Union: certificate of equivalence (NARIC) (if you already have it)

We do not accept applications that are sent by e-mail or applications that lack (one of) the above-mentioned documents.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Gert Buelens (, +32 09/264 37 00).



International Conference on Religions(s) and Cultural Production(s) of the Italian Diaspora(s)

19-20 May 2017
Utrecht University

The conference is organised by the Italian Department at Utrecht University in the context of Unesco’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2017.

This two-day symposium explores how religious hierarchies, institutions and practices shaped the identity and the cultural production (language, literature, performance, social media) of past and present Italian diasporas.

Religion may be seen as an impediment to or enhancer of social mobility inside and outside of Italy. It can trigger “narrations” that either revolve around cultural practices linked with traditional notions of Italianness (e.g. piccola patria), or shift towards new doctrines and spiritualities that redefine the idea of nation and culture. Furthermore, religious institutions and their missionary, educational and cultural activities can forge the identity – also linguistic – of integrated and/or segregated migrant communities.

In the context of Italian mobilities, this conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to showcase how religious cults and practices cross(ed) national and cultural borders and how these practices embody a language through which emigrants represent their transnational experience. Moments of transition in which borders between nations and cultures are redefined with the decisive contribution of religion are of particular interest for this conference, with a focus on processes of colonisation/decolonisation, nationalisation, secularisation, tensions caused by ethnic and religious conflicts on a local and a global scale. The final aim of the symposium is to establish a platform with which to explore the shifting place and role of religion in a new age of great migrations.

When: 19-20 May 2017
Where: Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (0.05), Utrecht University
Keynote speakers: Stefano Luconi (University of Florence); Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff University)
Working Languages: English, Italian
Registration: You can register for the conference here.

For more information:
Email: Website:
Facebook: facebook@religionsandmigrations


Summer School – Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene

Summer School Course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
21-25 August 2017


The field of posthuman scholarship is in full expansion. The posthuman turn is triggered by the convergence of anti-humanism on the one hand and anti-anthropocentrism on the other. Anti-humanism focusses on the critique of the Humanist ideal of ‘Man’ as the universal representative of the human, while anti-anthropocentrism criticizes species hierarchy and advances ecological justice. Both these strands enjoy strong support, but they refer to different genealogies and traditions. This course rest son the French philosophical tradition of critical Spinozism, which defends a monistic Life philosophy based on non-dialectical processes and is best represented by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. This course explores the interconnection between the posthuman predicament and the condition of the Anthropocene. It argues for the need to develop a more ethical and more complex relationship to our planetary dimension and to our relationship to non-human others, both animals, plants and technological artefacts. The Anthropocene as a concept was coined in 2001 by Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Paul Crutzen, to describe our current geological era in terms of human impact upon the sustainability of the planet. It was officially adopted as a scientific term by the International Geological Association in Cape Town in August 2016 and its official starting date has been set at 1950, the dawn of the nuclear era. Posthuman critical theory argues for the pertinence of posthuman ethics as a way of re-framing the question of life in the Anthropocene, striking a balance between vulnerability and affirmation.


Prof. Rosi Braidotti


This interdisciplinary course is aimed at research-minded advanced master and PhD students with a critical and curious intellectual disposition; post-docs in the Humanities and Arts practices; starting researchers but also practitioners and media activists. A strong background in at least one of the following disciplines is required: critical theory, Continental philosophy, gender studies, media and technology studies, social and political theory, postcolonial and race studies, cultural studies.


To provide an introduction to contemporary critical scholarship about the posthuman, the Anthropocene and ethics in the French Continental philosophical tradition through the exploration of debates about contemporary subjectivity, globalization and power, and the politics of affirmation.


participants of the course are expected to have read compulsory texts for tutorials and lectures before the course. They are also expected to actively take part in tutorials, prepare questions and discussion points for plenary sessions, both the morning ones following Braidotti’s lectures and the closing plenaries after the afternoon tutorials. A special emphasis will be placed on participants’ contribution to the panels and the plenary discussions.


• € 500 – Course + course materials + housing • € 300 – Course + course materials

Your application should include: – Motivation for your application (submit through your account) – Curriculum vitae (submit through your account) – Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) in English, German, French or in Dutch for Dutch students (submit through your account) – One letter of reference letter Whenever possible the applications will be evaluated as they come, and applicants will be informed about the results accordingly. However, due to a large amount of applications, we might not always be able to provide a speedy evaluation and response. At the latest, the final results will be known one month after the submission deadline.

Course dates: 21-25 August 2017
Deadline for registration: 01 June 2017
Location: Utrecht City Campus, the Netherlands
Costs: 500 EUR (course + course materials)
Read more and apply online via the Utrecht Summer School website:

Workshop – The Worlds of Mia Couto / Les Mondes de Mia Couto

Date: 15 May 2017
From 9 a.m. till 5.15 p.m.
University of Antwerp

More information

“I’m white and African; the son of Europeans and Mozambicans;
a scientist living in a very religious world;
a writer in an oral society.
These are apparently contradictory worlds that I like to unite because they’re part of me.”

Besides being Mozambique’s best known and most prolific writer, Mia Couto has been recognized internationally as one of the most important authors of our times. Spanning all literary genres, Couto has proven to be a multi-faceted author Couto who already won major literary prizes around the world (a.o. Neustadt Prize 2014, Premio Camões 2013). Yet his work also shifts fluidly between various modes of writing, mixing historical elements with poetic and autobiographic ones, in often unpredictable and intellectually challenging ways. With each new book, Mia Couto multiplies the wor(l)ds he inhabits, creating new challenges for his readers. How to critically approach Mia Couto’s poetics? And how does rethinking Couto’s work as part of an archipelagic constellation enables us to locate the author within (or against) what has been (re)fashioned as “World literature”?

This international workshop sets out to explore Mia Couto’s oeuvre in relation to the imaginary worlds created by the author, but also to the complex geographical, cultural and literary contexts that are woven into the texture of his work. In uncanny ways, Mia Couto recalls Kristeva’ notion of the “multiverse”, fusing empirical and metaphysical concerns; the Mozambican author forges rhizomatic relations between local, regional and global issues, escaping fixed notions of race, gender, and nation. The workshop gathers experts in Couto’s work with the aim to gauge for connections across his fictional and non-fictional work: not only links to the broader Lusophone world, but also to less obvious postcolonial and non-postcolonial literary archipelagos (the Francophone world, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean).  Papers will be presented in English and French.


9:00             Welcome and presentation of the workshop
Kristian Van Haesendonck (University of Antwerp)
Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp, Coordinator Postcolonial
Literatures Research Group)


9:15-9:45    “Mia Couto: International Connectivities”
David Brookshaw (University of Bristol)

9:45-10:15   “Literary ethnographies: Narrating the Nation in Terra Sonâmbula
and Macunaíma”

Kamila Krakowska (Leiden University)

10:15-10:30  Coffee break

10:30-11:00 “Mia Couto and the Antinomies of World-Literature”
Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick)

11:00-11:30  “Mia Couto and the Form of Globalization”
Peter Maurits (University of Erlangen)

11:30-12:00 “Mia Couto’s Reflections and Deflections of Light: a Cross-cultural

Kristian Van Haesendonck (University of Antwerp)

12:00-12:30  Discussion

12:30-13:30  Lunch break


14:00-14:30 “Mia Couto: la Poétique du Métissage”
Celina Martins (University of Madeira)

14:30-15:00 “Traverser les frontières du monde: les transgressions de Mia Couto”
Fernanda Vilar (Université de Paris Ouest, Nanterre)

15:00-15:30  Discussion

15:30-15:45  Coffee break

15:45-17:00  Round Table: Mia Couto, Wor(l)dmaker – Mia Couto, créateur
de mots/mondes
(with the participation of Elisabeth Monteiro Rodrigues)

17:00-17:15  Remarques finales / Concluding remarks
Kathleen Gyssels (University of Antwerp)

19:00             Dinner

Registration: e-mail to Kristian Van Haesendonck

Free entrance


From Antwerp Central station to the University takes 15 minutes by foot. Tram stops 10 and 11 are nearby the Venue (Lange Winkeltraat).

The Annexe is situated on 9, Lange Winkelstraat; enter the parking lot and you will find the Annexe on your left hand side (the small historical house in front of building R, number 3 on the map).

How to get there

The international airport of Brussels (Zaventem) is the most frequently used gateway to Antwerp. From the airport you can travel to Antwerp by taking the train (most convenient option) or the airport express bus. The direct train to Antwerp takes approximately 35 minutes and runs twice an hour. Time schedules and fares can be found on The airport express bus runs every hour and reaches the centre of Antwerp in approximately 45 minutes. You will find more travel information here.

Fast trains run from Amsterdam and Paris to Antwerp Centraal.


Kristian Van Haesendonck & Kathleen Gyssels
Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, University of Antwerp

The city of Antwerp

More information on the city of Antwerp can be found here.

POSTDOC Niederländische Literaturwissenschaft Universität Oldenburg

In der Fakultät III – Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften – ist im Institut für Niederlandistik zum 01.10.2017 befristet für zunächst 3 Jahre eine Stelle einer/eines

Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters Niederländische Literaturwissenschaft POSTDOC (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)

in Vollzeit (z. Z. 39,8 Std. wöchentlich) zu besetzen.


Diese Stelle beinhaltet

  • Lehre im Fach Niederlandistik gem. Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (im Umfang von z. Z. 4 LVS pro Semester)
  • Beteiligung an Forschungsprojekten des verantwortlichen Hochschullehrers

Im Rahmen der Stelle wird Gelegenheit zur eigenen wissenschaftlichen Weiterqualifikation in der niederländischen Literaturwissenschaft (zum Zwecke einer Habilitation) gegeben.

Erforderlich ist

  • ein mit einem mindestens guten Examen abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium der Niederlandistik mit Schwerpunkt in der Literaturwissenschaft,
  • eine Promotion mit Schwerpunkt in der niederlandistischen Literaturwissenschaft,
  • ein Entwurf für ein durchzuführendes Habilitationsprojekt (Exposé in deutscher oder englischer Sprache von 3 bis 5 Seiten) im Bereich der modernen niederländischen Literatur.

Erwünscht sind

  • Nachweisbare Kenntnisse im und Affinität zum Bereich des institutionellen Ansatzes,
  • Interesse an vergleichenden Projekten aus feldtheoretischer Perspektive, konkret an Kooperationen mit Personen aus einer der anderen Philologien (Slavistik, Anglistik, Germanistik),
  • Niederländischkenntnisse nahe an Muttersprachlerkompetenz, sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse.

Die Carl von Ossietzky Universität strebt an, den Frauenanteil im Wissenschaftsbereich zu erhöhen. Deshalb werden Frauen nachdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Gem. § 21 Abs. 3 NHG sollen Bewerberinnen bei gleichwertiger Qualifikation bevorzugt berücksichtigt werden. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bewerbungen werden mit Lebenslauf, Zeugniskopien und Exposé sowie ggf. einem Verzeichnis der Veröffentlichungen und universitären Lehrveranstaltungen bis zum 05.05.2017 erbeten an die Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät III, Institut für Niederlandistik, Prof. Dr. R. Grüttemeier, 26111 Oldenburg.

Es sei darauf hingewiesen, dass die Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgesendet werden, und daher vom Einsenden einer Mappe abzusehen ist.

Fragen zur Stelle beantwortet Ihnen gerne:

Prof. Dr. R. Grüttemeier (ralf.gruettemeier[at]; 0049-(0)441-798-3186

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarships at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany

Current positions available at the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, in cooperation with the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Doctoral education in structured PhD programmes has become an essential part of the qualification process of young academics in Europe and Germany. High quality standards regarding the selection and hosting of doctoral students, as well as an international research environment, create unique perspectives particularly for foreign applicants.

In cooperation with the DAAD, the Department of Philology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster is offering two scholarships for interested and qualified international doctoral candi-dates in the area of literary studies starting October 1st, 2018.
The Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ offers the opportunity to complete your doctoral degree within three years and to prepare for an academic career in university or non-university professions.

Each DAAD scholarship in this programme comprises funding for up to three years, or up to four years for applicants coming from developing or emerging countries.

Participating areas of study: American/English/Postcolonial Studies, Arabic/Islamic Studies, Baltic Studies, Book Studies, German Studies, Comparative Literature, Latin Philology/Studies, Dutch Stud-ies, Scandinavian Studies, Romance Studies, Sinology, Slavonic Studies.

In its research, the Graduate School focuses on the following three broad areas:

1. Literature and Society
(The relationship between Literary Studies, Social Theories, Cultural Theories and Studies, and Literature)

2. Theories of Literature
(Philosophy of Science, History and Theory of Literature, Literary Theories)

3. Putting the Study of Literature into Practice
(Occupationally-oriented areas that apply Literary Studies, the literary marketplace, key qualifications, the relationship between Literary Theory and professional practice)

Curriculum: Lectures/series of talks, colloquia, group projects, workshops, practical training, academic teaching.

Mentoring: Each doctoral candidate will be allocated to an individual, interdisciplinary support group consisting of three members. A written agreement regarding the mentoring as well as an individual work- and time schedule will be drawn up.

Guidelines for applications for the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’

The application for a scholarship follows a three-step procedure:

1) Candidates will submit an application to the GSPoL, followed by 2) a personal interview and a final nomination to the DAAD, followed by 3) the standard application procedure at the DAAD (an online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD-portal)


  • A qualifying degree at the level of Master/Magister/Staatsexamen (minimum grade: “gut”/B), in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree (minimum grade: “sehr gut”/A)
  • Very good German language skills are recommended, as the courses at the GSPoL are taught in German
  • At the time of the application, the last final exam should have taken place during the past six years
  • At the time of the application the applicant should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months


The application deadline for the winter semester 2018/19 is the 30th of November 2017.

Format of the application

Applications for the Graduate School must be submitted in written form (in English or German, preferably via e-mail in one PDF file) and should include:

  1. A letter of motivation explaining the application at the GSPoL
  2. Curriculum vitae (without photograph)
  3. Proof that the applicant has completed a qualifying course of studies – the degree awarded must at least be 2,0 (B) or better (according to § 5, Abs. 1 and 2 of the study regulations)
  4. Proof of German language skills according to appendix A (Anhang A) of the study regula-tions1
  5. A detailed project proposal of the planned dissertation of about 10 pages in length, including a description of aims and planned topics, relevance within literary scholarship and method of research, as well as a detailed work and time schedule and a bibliography
  6. Two letters of reference.2 If the applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree or has completed a first course of studies with a regular duration of less than eight semesters, three references must be submitted

Please address applications to Prof. Dr Lut Missinne

Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ WWU Münster, Fachbereich 09 (Philologie) Schlossplatz 34 48143 Münster, Germany

Please send your application via e-mail to

For more information, please contact

Julia Langhof (coordinator GSPoL)


Call for proposals: Cultural branding

Graag ontvangt themagroep SCARAB (Faculteit der Letteren, Radboud Universiteit) voorstellen voor boekhoofdstukken over de branding (het tot een merk maken) van Nederlandse auteurs en in het Nederlands vertaalde auteurs, in heden en verleden, binnen en buiten Nederland.

Doel is om te komen tot een boekuitgave in de (Engelstalige) peer-reviewed reeks Radboud Studies in Humanities, uitgegeven door Brill.

Onder branding verstaat SCARAB het interactieve proces waarbij auteurs, uitgevers en publiek gezamenlijk, in de loop van de tijd, een ‘merk maken’ van een schrijver, een oeuvre, een werk of een genre. In het geplande boek onderzoeken we alle fases van dit proces in heden en verleden, en hebben we speciale aandacht voor de dynamiek tussen de drie participanten (auteur, uitgever, publiek). Ook de vraag naar al dan niet aanwijsbare  intentionaliteit van het hele proces heeft onze belangstelling. Vaak is de uitgever de initiator van het brandingsproces, is de auteur degene van wie een brand wordt gemaakt, en is het publiek de doelgroep die geacht wordt gevoelig te zijn voor branding, maar deze rollen zijn niet stabiel. Ze kunnen in de loop van het proces op allerlei manieren en om allerlei redenen wisselen en verschuiven. Ook deze omslagen in  vorm en agency van het brandingsproces hebben onze aandacht.

We gaan uit van een indeling in vier tijdsperiodes: de 18e eeuw en eerder, de 19e eeuw, de 20e eeuw en de 21e eeuw, en richten ons op drie typen casussen:

  • Nederlandse auteurs, oeuvres of werken die gebrand worden (of werden) binnen Nederland;
  • Nederlandse auteurs, oeuvres of werken die gebrand worden (of werden) buiten Nederland;
  • Vertaalde auteurs, oeuvres of werken uit alle taalgebieden die in Nederland gebrand worden (of werden).

Het is de bedoeling het brandingsproces per hoofdstuk casusgewijs te onderzoeken vanuit een geëxpliciteerd theoretisch perspectief, aan de hand van (één van) de volgende drie begrippenparen:

  • Imago versus zelfbeeld

We gaan ervan uit dat auteurs (bewust en onbewust) een bepaald beeld van zichzelf en hun werk of oeuvre scheppen en dat dit beeld soms wel, soms niet in lijn is met het imago van auteur en oeuvre dat leeft bij het publiek, in de media en in het veld. Ook uitgeverijen geven het beeld van hun eigen bedrijf en van het werk van hun auteurs zorgvuldig vorm. Om de complexe verhouding tussen imago en zelfbeeld te onderzoeken, zou gebruik kunnen worden gemaakt van bijvoorbeeld beeldvormingstheorie en theorieën over auteursrepresentatie, self-fashioning en posture.

  • Economische versus symbolische belangen

Zowel auteur als uitgever hebben belang bij het branden van schrijvers en oeuvres. Er valt economische winst mee te behalen (via het verleiden van consumenten tot een aankoop), maar ook symbolische (via de reputatie die door middel van branding gevestigd en versterkt wordt, of juist veranderd of gekenterd). Het publiek heeft vervolgens de macht om economische en symbolische waarde wel of niet toe te kennen. De economische kant van de zaak kan wellicht o.a. via marketingtheorieën en (met name voor de vroegmoderne periode) boekwetenschap worden belicht; de symbolische wellicht via waardetheorieën als die van Boltanski en Thévenot (1991) of Karpic (2010) of de veldtheorie van Pierre Bourdieu.

  • Verzet versus acceptatie

Auteurs kunnen de brand die van hun werk wordt gemaakt omarmen of versterken, of zich er passief bij neerleggen. Maar ze kunnen zich er ook tegen afzetten, hun brand proberen te ondermijnen, aan te passen of om te gooien. Ze kunnen samenwerken met andere participanten in het brandingsproces (uitgever en publiek), maar ook dwars liggen of in verzet gaan. Ook het publiek heeft macht: het kan een brand geloofwaardig vinden en serieus nemen, of ongeloofwaardig en ‘gezocht’. Deze processen laten zich wellicht onderzoeken met behulp van invalshoeken gericht op de relaties tussen kunstenaars en andere deelnemers aan het culturele leven, zoals het kunstwereld-perspectief van Howard Becker (1982).

Proposals van max. 350 woorden kunnen vóór 10 mei 2017 worden gezonden naar

CETRA Summer School 2017 (University of Leuven)

29th Research Summer School in Translation Studies
University of Leuven, campus Antwerp, Belgium
28 Aug – 8 Sep 2017      

CETRA Chair Professor:
LEO TAK-HUNG CHAN Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Elke Brems, Dirk Delabastita, Isabelle Delaere, Lieven D’hulst, Dilek Dizdar, Peter Flynn, Yves Gambier, Daniel Gile, Arnt Lykke Jakobsen, Reine Meylaerts, Franz Pöchhacker, Sara Ramos Pinto, Heidi Salaets, Christina Schäffner and Luc van Doorslaer

Basic activities and components of the Research Summer School:

  • Public Lectures by the CETRA Professor on key topics. A preliminary reading list will be provided and all topics are to be further developed in discussions
  • Theoretical-methodological seminars given by the CETRA staff. Basic reading materials will be made available in advance
  • Tutorials: individual discussions on participants’ research with the CETRA Professor and the CETRA staff
  • Workshops in small groups according to topic or methodology
  • Students’ papers: presentation of participants’ individual research projects followed by open discussion
  • Publication: each participant is invited to submit an article based on the presentation, to be refereed and published on the CETRA Digital Shelf

Second Application round

  • application deadline: 28 April, 2 pm CET
  • notification of acceptance: 5 May 2017

For further information:





Call for Papers – OU International Conference: The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future

OU International Conference

The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future

25-26 January, 2018, Utrecht
Organised by: Open University of the Netherlands – Humanities Department

Theme description

Journalists, artists and scholars, among others, tend to refer to iconic events or images from the past in order to better understand present-day developments. For example, in the wake of the American elections media repeatedly referred to the iconic ‘years of crisis’ of the thirties of the last century. Also, they recalled George Orwell’s iconic depiction of a dystopian society from his novel 1984 to contextualize the use of ‘alternative facts’. In this respect, the icon functions as a cultural model that generates cultural meaning by connecting past and present. But the icon not only shapes our (collective) image of the present, nor does it merely re-evaluate our image of the past. It also opens up potential scenarios for the future – be it brilliant or gloomy.

The making of specific icons is a much-studied topic in cultural studies, literary studies, art history and even in the history of science. However, theoretical and/or synthesizing studies on how the icon functions as a cultural model from which we can learn how to act or perform in certain contexts are scarce. The conference ‘The Icon as Cultural Model’ wants to fill this gap.

First, it will do so by addressing different manifestations of the icon. Traditionally understood as a static visual image, the concept of the icon is also used to refer to:

a specific period (e.g. the thirties or sixties, the Enlightenment or Golden Age);
a specific place (e.g. Waterloo or Woodstock, cities like Amsterdam, Rome or New York, or imaginary places such as Orwell’s ‘Oceania’);
a specific person (e.g. Christ, Michelangelo, Mae West);
a specific phrase (such as Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’ or Clausewitz’ ‘War is the continuation of politics by other means’).
Static as the icon may be, its evaluation by different groups (artists, scholars, politicians) can change through time. Recently, scholars have shown an increased interest in phenomena linked to the theme of the icon: e.g. fan culture and celebrities, artists’ self-representation, cultural marketing, and processes of canonisation. This poses the question why at present the search, and explication of, cultural models appears to be so highly relevant. By posing this question the conference’s second aim is to encourage reflection on how the icon has functioned and still functions as a cultural model (and how it can be studied as such).

In addressing the icon as a cultural model the conference explicitly aims at bringing together scholars from various disciplines such as art history, literary studies, history and philosophy. In this way the conference wishes to offer room for joint interdisciplinary reflection on the question how the study of cultural models may contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of culture in general.

Paper submissions

We welcome abstracts for papers (20 minutes max. excluding discussion). Contributions can address, but are by no means limited to the following aspects:

How do periodical concepts like the ‘Golden Age’, ‘Enlightenment’ or ‘Renaissance’ function as icons? How does the evaluation of these concepts by artists and/or scholars change through time? And how can we study this shifting evaluation?
How do both general spatial notions such as the ‘city’ (as opposed to the ‘country’ or to ‘nature’) and specific places function as models for writers, philosophers and artists?
How do specific historical events become iconic? Who attributes power to these events? And how, why, and by whom are their cultural meanings rewritten?
How do artifacts such as novels, poems, paintings, sculptures, and films construct iconic images of the past and/or future? How can we study iconic representations within these artifacts?
How, and for whom, do certain phrases from philosophers, politicians or artists function as icons? What are the contexts that make phrases iconic?
How do specific historical persons function as icons in art, philosophy and scholarship? And how can we study these cases in the broader context of the study of cultural models?
Note: all papers’ conclusions should include a statement on how cultural icons may contribute to an increased understanding of the dynamics of culture in general.

Abstracts of papers consist of approx. 250 words and should include the name of the speaker, affiliation, full contact address (including email), the title, and the summary of the paper.

Deadline for abstracts is 1st of July, 2017.
A notification of acceptance will be sent no later than August 15th, 2017.

Abstracts can be sent to Marieke Winkler via

Papers will be selected for publishing in the conference proceedings.

Practical information

Organization: Humanities Department of the Open University, the Netherlands.
Conference location: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Contact: Marieke Winkler via