22-24 January 2020 | Leiden University
In this OSL winter school we aim to focus on current and historical instances of warfare, from the contemporary to the distant past, and on a wide range of violent conflicts such as the ones named above. All of them has been thematised in literature – and ‘literature’ is also a synecdoche here for all forms of art, like cinema, comics, paintings, songs, plays, and so forth.
12-13 December | Amsterdam
The notion of defamiliarization is strikingly undertheorized; in order to find a systematic reflection on the topic, we need to go back to the Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky’s work on ostranenie in literature in the early 20th century or to German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s theorization of Verfremdungseffekt in the 1930s to describe theatrical devices that break audiences’ passive absorption in theatrical illusion.
We are happy to announce that OSL has just become a member of the Institute for World Literature (IWL). IWL is directed by David Damrosch (Harvard), and has several affiliated institutions all over the world; OSL is the only member institution for the Netherlands. Every summer, IWL organizes a four-week programme at one of its associated venues, […]
Centre for Advanced Studies (CIEDUS), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela | 22-26 June 2020 Research Group – Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature, PhD Programme in Literary and Cultural Studies. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) Call for Papers Bringing together the notions of space, affect, and memory results in an appealing intersection in […]
Groningen | 11 October 2019
Thanks again to everyone who attended this year’s Research Day! It was indeed a memorable event, packed with thought-provoking presentations, lively debates, and ideas for future collaboration.
We are particularly grateful to our keynote speaker David Alworth for his inspiring lecture on Paratextual Art (chaired by Marguérite Corporaal).
Groningen | 11 October 2019
The winners of the 2019 OSL Awards are Marieke Winkler and Tom Idema. They received their prize during the annual OSL Research Day in Groningen on October 11, 2019.
Each year, OSL rewards two of its members with an OSL Award for the publication of an excellent scholarly book and article. The Awards are intended to acknowledge original and innovative contributions to the field of literary studies and to highlight the work of talented scholars at the beginning of their careers. The OSL Awards come with prize money of € 500,- for each award.
Friday 25 October | Utrecht University
This workshop will provide analytical tools to study the branding of literature. Drawing on the work of – amongst others – Clayton Childress, Philippe Mihailovich and Karl Moore, literary branding is defined as an interactive process in which producers (e.g. authors, publishers, literary agents), distributors (e.g. book traders, librarians) and consumers (e.g. critics, teachers, readers) construe a set of regimented associations with an author, oeuvre or literary text.
University of Amsterdam | 17-18 October 2019
This 2-day workshop will probe contemporary crisis-scapes in order to explore the ways ‘crisis narratives’ structure experiences and representations of time and space, i.e., the ways ‘crisis’ as a framework, concept, rhetoric, affective or discursive structure forms or taps into specific chronotopes.