OSL Ravenstein Seminar 2014

OSL Ravenstein Seminar 2014

Organization: Utrecht University & OSL
Venue: Amsterdam.
February 5th: University Library – Potgieterzaal, Singel 425 Amsterdam
February 6th: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam
February 7th: Nina van Leer-zaal, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt 129, Amsterdam
Date: 5th–7th of February 2014
Website Ravenstein

EC: Preparation and active participation in all meetings = 2 ec; an additional 3 ec are allotted for the writing of a paper (4500 words) on the topic of the seminar.

More information on the programme
Ravenstein 2014 Graduate Seminar 
Ravenstein 2014 Programma


‘If the book no longer exists as a carrier of information, it may exist to distribute something else.’ Irma Boom (bookdesigner/artist)

With the digitization of society, the form and function of the book as the central carrier of cultural information is changing rapidly. Nowadays literature and the literary experience have to compete with other media experiences and forms of cultural transmission, such as social media. How do new forms of media influence the structure of our perception? And in relation to literature, how are processes of reading and writing affected by these medial changes? These questions draw our attention to the materiality of literature: the differences (and similarities) between the works of print culture and electronic culture, between the experience of the physical book and the digital artwork and the different ways in which the book can be perceived as a concrete and tangible carrier of information.

The theme ‘Materiality of Literature’ wishes to place literature within a broader media field and emerging debates on the materiality of culture by focussing on this central question: how can and should literature and its effects be studied in a changing media landscape? With this theme Ravenstein 2014 wishes to address fundamental questionsabout media history, media specificity and the current form and function of literature.

De sprekers van het Ravenstein Seminar 2014 zijn:

  • Jan Baetens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Kiene Brillenburg Wurth (Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Yra van Dijk (Universiteit Leiden)
  • Rick Dolphijn (Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Joyce Goggin (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Jan Hein Hoogstad (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Liedeke Plate (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • Simon Morris (UK)
  • Jan Rock (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Iris van der Tuin (Universiteit Utrecht)

To register for the Ravenstein Seminar please send an email to Eloe Kingma (OSL): osl-fgw@uva.nl

Please provide us in your email with the following information (in English):

  • Name
  • Affiliation: university and department
  • Title of your thesis (if you are a PhD student)
  • Personalia (max 150 wrds.)
  • If you will attend the Introductory seminar on February 5th  (if you are a Research Master student)”