Book announcement: Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes

Languages of Resistance, Transformation, and Futurity in Mediterranean Crisis-Scapes: From Crisis to Critique

Ed. By Maria Boletsi, Janna Houwen and Liesbeth Minnaard
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

This edited volume, which is part of the Palgrave series in Globalization, Culture and Society, includes essays by Jonas Taudal Bækgaard, Maria Boletsi, Ipek Celik-Rappas & Diego Benegas Loyo, Karen Emmerich, Begüm Özden Fırat, Olivia Harrison, Janna Houwen, Nataša Kovačević, Megan C. MacDonald, Geli Mademli, Liesbeth Minnaard, Dimitris Papanikolaou, and Pablo Valdivia.

The Introduction is available for free downloading (OPEN ACCESS) here:

You can browse through the table of contents here and the reviews on the publisher’s website here


This collection rethinks crisis in relation to critique through the prism of various declared ‘crises’ in the Mediterranean: the refugee crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the Greek debt crisis, the Arab Spring, the Palestinian question, and others. With contributions from cultural, literary, film, and migration studies and sociology, this book shifts attention from Europe to the Mediterranean as a site not only of intersecting crises, but a breeding ground for new cultures of critique, visions of futurity, and radical imaginaries shaped through or against frameworks of crisis. If crisis rhetoric today serves populist, xenophobic or anti-democratic agendas, can the concept crisis still do the work of critique or partake in transformative languages by scholars, artists, and activists? Or should we forge different vocabularies to understand present realities? This collection explores alternative mobilizations of crisis and forms of art, cinema, literature, and cultural practices across the Mediterranean that disengage from dominant crisis narratives.


Call for papers | Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies) is a forum for the scientific problematization of gender in relation to ethnicity, sexuality, class, and age. The journal is an interdisciplinary medium operating at the intersection of society, culture, health and science. The editorial staff invites articles about gender issues from different disciplines and accepts articles in Dutch and English. As well as publishing articles, the journal includes essays, columns (short topical and polemical articles), interviews, reviews, summaries of dissertations and conference reports.

The Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies invites abstracts for articles for its 2021 Spring issue. As this is a general issue there is no subject limitation, provided that the article problematizes gender. The journal favors submissions that touch upon current debates in the Netherlands and/or Belgium or that include case studies that are relevant for Dutch and Flemish academic fields. Abstracts should be submitted in Dutch or English before 12 October 2020. Once your abstract has been assessed and judged suitable for this issue, you will receive an invitation to submit. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 23 October 2020. The deadline for submission of articles (of approximately 6000 words) is 7 December 2020. All submissions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process. In case of a high number of positively peer-reviewed contributions, the editorial board reserves the right to make a final selection of articles and to publish some contributions in a later issue.

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should state the problem or research question addressed in the proposed paper; outline the theoretical framework; state the main point or argument of the proposed paper; provide a rough indication of the methods used; and – where relevant – present a rough overview of literature used. Abstracts should be sent to

More information as well as instructions for authors can be found on: https://


2020 International Booker Prize: Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

26 August 2020

OSL would like to congratulate Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, who was awarded the 2020 International Booker Prize for their debut novel The Discomfort of Evening (transl. Michele Hutchison). They are the first Dutch author, and the youngest author ever to receive this prestigious award.

“There’s something both in the intensity of that creative vision and that perspective of a child, but also the translation, that allows you into that world so immediately and so completely. It’s not a book that you can sit back from. [The Discomfort of Evening] does deal with some very difficult aspects of life – the sudden death of a brother, a family grieving, some of the more unyielding aspects of a religious upbringing, the quite stark backdrop of a Dutch dairy farm, which can be quite a tough place for a child. And yet, there’s something about the inquisitive gaze, that poetic perspective on those things, the ability to see in the everyday something remarkable, extraordinary. Even though it is a book that takes you through some difficult and unsettling cases, it has that ability to make the world new. And I think that is something, especially in our distracted and unsettled moment, to find fiction that has the ability to absolutely root you where you are in the irreducible truth of another life.” (Ted Hodgkinson, chair of the International Booker’s judges, The Guardian, 26 August 2020)

More information, interviews with the author and translator, and readings from The Discomfort of Evening can be found on the International Booker Prize website.

Global Publishing and the Making of Literary Worlds: Translation, Media, and Mobility

Befrijing yn ’e Fryske literatuer

Online Early Career Conference | 4-6 June 2021

The Princeton University’s Fung Global Fellows Program, the International Comparative Literature Association, and Princeton University Press are organizing an online early career conference for June 4-6, 2021. The conference joins theoretical issues addressed by scholars and editors with practical workshops in global publishing led by publishers from the US and other parts of the world.  We expect this conference will break new ground intellectually as its practical publishing sessions offer information and advice to the next generation of scholars who face the ongoing challenges of a shrinking job market and complex publishing landscape.

This 3-day online conference will accommodate 250 registered early career participants (pre-tenure, post-doc, senior graduate student level) from around the world.  Registration requires uploading a book description and, if desired, also an abstract for a panel discussion on one of the conference themes.  A $50 fee covers the entire conference, including one-on-one coaching sessions offering publishing advice on the participant’s submitted book description.

More information:

Call for Proposals NIAS Conference 2021

Amsterdam | 9-11 June 2021
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) welcomes proposals from scholars and cultural practitioners for the NIAS Conference from 9-11 June 2021

The overarching theme of this interdisciplinary 3-day conference is studies of belonging. The definition of ‘studies of belonging’ will deliberately remain open as this concept can apply to a vast range of social, historical, material, cultural, psychological, juridical, social geographical, and economic phenomena.

The conference will be built around six topical threads:

  • Place-attachment and Mobility
  • Community-life and Isolation
  • Practices of Belonging
  • Borders and Boundaries
  • Seeking Refuge
  • Identity, Inequality and Politics


NIAS invites the multiplicity of scholarly and artistic papers around a single theme with the aim to set the agenda for future interdisciplinary, international collaborations that bring together a broad variety of perspectives on the issue of belonging.


NIAS invites scholars, writers and artists who deal with issues of belonging in their work, to contribute with a paper or arts presentation. Please, submit your proposal (max. 1 page) via, before 1 October 2020. Please indicate in which ‘topical thread’ you want to present.

Although we hope to see everyone in-person, this conference will take place in a hybrid form due to Covid-19 regulations which differ per country.

A limited number of travel grants are available and eligibility criteria will soon be up on our website.

Topical Threads

As a point of departure, we propose six topical threads around which the conference will be organized. In each thread, academic and artistic contributions are welcome. Each thread is open to all social sciences, (digital) humanities and art disciplines.

Place-attachment and Mobility
Contributions in this thread deal with issues of belonging and (up)rootedness, in relation to place, spaces and mobility.

Community and the Individual
This thread focuses on the importance and pitfalls for individuals of belonging to a (local, imagined, virtual, religious) community. It deals with the tension between the self and community-life.

Practices of Belonging
How do human beings bring belonging into practice? What tools and material objects do they use, develop and implement in their daily lives to sustain a sense of belonging or to create this anew?

Borders and Boundaries
This thread deals with the relation between idea(l)s of the nation-state, borders, cultural boundaries and (trans)national institutions in regards to issues of belonging.

Finding Refuge
Contributions to this thread are concerned with conditions for and expressions of belonging, such as shelter, food, care, technology, language etc.

Identity, Inequality and Politics
This thread explores the interplay between belonging, identity and politics based on social markers such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, and class. The notion of politics is used in the broadest sense of the word, ranging from power relations on the micro-level of everyday interactions, to more structural, institutionalized forms of power-inequalities and the struggle for belonging.

About NIAS

NIAS’ mission is to foster curiosity-driven research that pushes the traditional disciplinary boundaries and questions underlying methodological and theoretical assumptions. Each year, NIAS hosts an international, interdisciplinary group of 50 fellows who work on their independent research projects while being embedded in a thriving intellectual community.
Starting in 2021 during the 50th anniversary of NIAS, a 3-day NIAS conference will be organized in Amsterdam, the Netherlands every two years.

Inaugural event: Pablo Valdivia Chair of Communication, Humanities and Technology

Pablo Valdivia Chair of Communication, Humanities and Technology

Comunicación, Tecnología y Educación Superior en Latinoamérica

Date and Time: 10th September at 16:00 (Groningen Time)
Venue: Zoom
Language: Spanish
Previous registration is compulsory: click here.

Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) and Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH) have recently created the Pablo Valdivia Chair of Communication, Humanities and Technology ascribed to the National PhD Program in Communication and Culture.

Prof. dr. Valdivia is SEAS Associate in Applied Physics (Prof. dr. Eric Mazur’s Department of Physics) at Harvard University, Fellow in University Innovation at Laspau (affiliated with Harvard University), Academic Director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), and Scientific and Academic Advisor to NIAS-KNAW. Prof. dr. Valdivia has been awarded this chair as recognition to his academic and scientific career and his international leadership in the multidisciplinary research under the interconnections between the humanities and the latest technological advancements.

The inaugural event title is “Comunicación, Tecnología y Educación Superior en Latinoamérica”.

Jan Brouwer Scriptieprijzen 2021


De inschrijftermijn voor de Jan Brouwer Scriptieprijzen 2021 is geopend! Nominaties kunnen uitsluitend digitaal worden ingediend, via het formulier op de website van de KHMW.

De prijzen, van elk2.000 Euro, worden toegekend in verschillende wetenschapsgebieden waaronder Taal- en literatuurwetenschappen en zijnbedoeld voor (voormalige) studenten van wie de masterscriptie is goedgekeurd in het academisch jaar 2019/2020

De deadline voor nominaties is 15 oktober 2020

Wilt u een student voordragen? Alle benodigde informatie en het voordrachtformulier vindt u op de website van de Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.

Link website: KHMW.

Posthuman Convergences: Theories and Methodologies (Prof. Rosi Braidotti)

Online summer school | August 12-21, 2020


The 2020 intensive course will focus on “Posthuman Convergences”. The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to track the convergences between different branches of posthuman knowledge production. It starts by offering a selected overview of contemporary scholarship on the ‘posthuman turn,’ notably its applications and implications in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The posthuman turn is defined as the convergence, within the context of advanced or cognitive capitalism, of post-humanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other. Although these lines of critical thought often overlap, they are distinct phenomena both in terms of their theoretical genealogies and their practical applications. Their current convergence is triggering a number of qualitative developments of a very original nature, which we will outline and study. A related aim of the course is to introduce and apply Braidotti’s specific brand of neo-materialist, critical feminist posthuman theory.


Themes and structure

In order to evaluate posthuman convergences, the course will present, explore and assess the defining features of a selected number of fields within the fast-growing Posthumanities, such as the  environmental, Digital and Medical Humanities. Mindful of the differences in power and access that structure the debate on the posthuman, we will also investigate how posthuman knowledge(s) can assist us in moving beyond the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and naturalized “others” that were not recognized as belonging to humanity and were also disqualified as subjects of knowledge. Special attention will also be given to the continuing efforts to learn to think beyond anthropocentrism. Methodological questions and issues will be one of the course highlights.


Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody (RMIT University), Dr. Simone Bignall (University of Technology Sydney), Dr. Ruth Clemens (Utrecht University), Dr. Emily Jones (University of Essex), Kaye Sidebottom (Leeds Beckett University), Fiona Hillary (RMIT University) and Goda Klumbyte (University of Kassel).


Application procedure
Course fee for students: €350
Course fee for non-students: €550

Apply now via the Utrecht Summer School web page.

Application deadline: July 1, 2020. Due to high demand we will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis. If the maximum number of participants is reached before the deadline, we may close the application process earlier. For more information, contact R. Braidotti’s assistant at


Please find the full call for applications here.

Proposed Special Issue for Law and Literature (Cardozo Law School): Humor and the Law

Humor in its various forms, from comedy and satire to stand-up and cartoons, is regularly at the centre of juridical debates and actual litigation: from defamation and blasphemy to copyright violations and incitement to hatred. Yet, due to its inherent ambiguity and frequent elusiveness, humor can make it particularly difficult to draw a clear line between lawful and unlawful expression. How exactly does the law regulate humor, and how does that change across different judicial systems or historical periods? How do certain forms and practices of humor respond, in different places and at different times, to the restrictions of the law? How might humor studies contribute to and illuminate the legal challenges posed by different forms of comic expression? How might humor, moreover, challenge the logics and procedures of law?

Although recent studies have stressed the benefits of collaboration between jurists and humor experts (Godioli 2020, Little 2019, Milner Davis and Roach Anleu 2018), the potential for interdisciplinary dialogue is still vastly unexplored. This special issue will investigate the intersection between humor and the law from various perspectives — we aim to promote diversity in terms of theoretical frameworks, historical and geographical contexts, judicial systems and legal issues addressed. We welcome full-length articles (approximately 8-10,000 words) which should consist of close readings of one specific example of an actual legal case concerning humor in any medium (including for instance literature, stand-up comedy, film, cartoons, or memes).

The special issue proposal has received preliminary interest from Law and Literature (Cardozo Law School). If you are interested in contributing, please send an email to by 1 November 2020 including an abstract (ca. 250-500 words) and a short bio note (max. 200 words). The outcome of the selection process will be communicated within one month after the deadline. We are expecting completed contributions by Spring or Summer 2021.

Coronavirus note: The editorial team began planning this CFP before the outbreak of Covid-19 and thus under very different conditions and with very different expectations. As a result, we understand that many potential contributors might not be able to complete their articles by the proposed deadline. If, however, you are still interested in contributing, but perhaps along a revised timeline, you should be in contact with the editors (; we are more than happy to offer flexibility to potential contributors.

Best wishes,

The organizing team:

Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud University/Open University)

Andrew Bricker (Ghent University)

Alberto Godioli (University of Groningen)

Ted Laros (Open University)



Godioli, A. (2020). ‘Cartoon Controversies at the European Court of Human Rights: Towards Forensic Humor Studies.’ Open Library of Humanities, 6(1). DOI:

Little, L. (2019). Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Milner Davis, J. and Roach Anleu, S. eds (2018). Judges, Judging and Humour. London: Palgrave Macmillan.



Brigitte Adriaensen is a professor of Literary Studies at the Open University of the Netherlands, and a professor of Hispanic Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She has published a monograph on the poetics of irony in the work of the Spanish author Juan Goytisolo, and she published several articles and volumes on the politics of humor in relation to violence in contemporary Latin American culture.

Andrew Bricker is an Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, in Belgium. His research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to satire, the law, laughter and humour.

Alberto Godioli is senior lecturer in European Culture and Literature at the University of Groningen, and programme director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media (from literature to cartoons), with particular regard to humor controversies and freedom of expression. He is principal investigator of the NETIAS project ‘Cartoons in Court: Towards a Forensic Analysis of Visual Humor‘ (2020-2023).

Ted Laros is assistant professor of literary studies at the Open University of the Netherlands. One of his main research interests is the interaction between the field of culture, on the one hand, and the fields of politics and law on the other. Recently the Open Access version of his 2017 book Literature and the Law in South Africa, 1910-2010: The Long Walk to Artistic Freedom appeared in the Law, Culture and Humanities Series of Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.