About OSL

The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) is the national research network for literary theory, comparative and (trans)national literatures, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature in the Netherlands. OSL provides high standard and cutting-edge academic education for RMa students and PhD candidates in these fields and serves as a forum for the exchange of research ideas, network contacts and intellectual inspiration for literary scholars in the Netherlands and beyond.

Mission statement

It is the ambition of OSL to

  • provide high standard and cutting edge academic education in literary studies for PhD researchers and RMA students
  • provide an intellectual and academic forum for the discussion of the state of the art of literary studies, including its rich traditions in the Netherlands and elsewhere; and
  • offer researchers and staff members a platform for the exchange of expertise and ideas and opportunities for building academic networks

OSL strives to be the intellectual and academic forum for the discussion, advancement and reflection of the state(s) of the art of literary studies in the Netherlands, including its rich traditions here and elsewhere. We encourage the study of literature, understood as language art in all its forms, in its historical and current manifestations and dynamics, from a variety of perspectives. The research of OSL members focuses on modern and contemporary literature. Focal points include:

  • Materiality and mediality of literature
  • Memory
  • Narrative, reading and cognition
  • Empirical and digital approaches
  • Globalization, post-colonialism and digital approaches
  • Eco-criticism and environmental humanities
  • Literature, knowledge and discourse
  • Sociological approaches
  • Literature and Law
  • Educational Innovation

The different perspectives converge in the engagement with literature as a specific object of study and form of knowledge that requires expert and detailed study and offers valuable insight into cultural, social and cognitive processes.

Organisation

Executive team. The OSL executive team consists of Executive-Scientific Director Prof. dr. Pablo Valdivia, Programme Director Dr. Alberto Godioli , Office Manager Chantal Olijerhoek and Social Media Manager Elyse Ling.

Board. The OSL Advisory Board is formed by representatives of all universities participating in the OSL. The members of the Board are:

  • Prof. Dr. Maria Boletsi (Leiden University / University of Amsterdam) (Chair)
  • Dr. Eric Hoekstra (Fryske Akademy)
  • Dr. Ted Laros (Open University)
  • Prof. Dr. Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer (Tilburg University)
  • Dr. Miriam Meissner (Maastricht University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)
  • Dr. Annelies Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University)
  • Prof. Dr. Margriet van der Waal (University of Groningen/ University of Amsterdam)
  • Judith Jansma (PhD Representative, University of Groningen)

OSL is represented at ten Dutch universities: the University of Groningen (RUG, currently chairing the network), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU), Free University Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), Tilburg University (UvT), Maastricht University (UM), Fryske Akademy (FA), and Open University (OU).

Contact
Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands
e-mail: osl@rug.nl
tel. +31 50 363 57 10