Summer School ‘Law, Literature and Human Rights’

Groningen | 13-20 July 2019

Are you interested in taking a new perspective on human rights and discovering their hidden meanings in literature and law? Would you like to learn how contemporary interdisciplinary studies such as Law and Literature and Law and Humanities help to unveil the cultural and social message of human rights law? Would you like to spend a week discussing the cutting-edge ideas in the Law and Literature studies focused on dimensions of marginality, relations between human rights and sovereignty, literary meanings and hidden structures of the ECHR jurisprudence?

This summer school aims to engage with law and literature not only to consider how these fields treat human rights and engage in human rights discourse, but also to explore how human rights alter the face of both literature and law, particularly through modifying their aesthetic forms. In this sense, the school strives to shift the accent from a sentimental kind of discourse about human rights within Law and Literature to the comprehension of how we talk about human rights and how this manner of talking strengthens or weakens them.

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PhD Course ‘Translation and Cultural Transfer’

Ghent and Leuven | 11-13 June 2019

From 11 to 13 June 2019, a PhD course on “Translation and Cultural Transfer” will take place at Ghent University and KU Leuven/Campus Brussels. Keynote lecturers Diana Roig Sanz (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Petra Broomans (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will present theoretical models and methods for analyzing intra- and extra-textual aspects of cultural transfer processes in peripheral multilingual contexts.

The course is conceived as an interactive seminar. It is a combination of ex-cathedra lectures, hands-on methodological workshops, tutorials/short presentations by doctoral researchers, discussions, and preliminary reading.

PhD students can apply by 20 May 2019 by sending a 500-word abstract of their presentation to Call, full (preliminary) program and instructions for preparation are available here.

Post-docs and other university staff are welcome to attend lectures and discussions without actively participating. For practical reasons, we kindly ask you to register by e-mailing Anneleen by 20 May.

Registration Open for UU Humanities Graduate Conference 2019

Utrecht | 11-12 April 2019

The Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference 2019, What’s the Point? Impact and the Future of the Humanities, will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2019. The conference includes the UU Centre for Humanities Discussion on the Future of the Humanities, panels on impact in and outside of academia, and (R)Ma and PhD panels on our conference theme. There will also be keynote talks by Eleonora Belfiore (University of Loughborough) and Simon During (University of Melbourne).

Registration is free and includes lunch on Friday but conference places are limited so sign up fast to avoid disappointment! To do so, simply fill out our form via this link .

Note that the conference is aimed primarily at (R)Ma students and PhD candidates in all subdisciplines of the Humanities but more senior academics and other interested parties are very welcome to attend.

There are also spaces remaining in masterclasses with our keynotes Eleonore Belfiore and Simon During, organized together with NICA. Participating in these also allows you to earn ECTS. For further information on these and how to register, see:

For more information or to contact us, check out our website or email us at

Conference ‘Passing on: Property, Family and Death in Narratives of Inheritance’

Aarhus | 13-15 November 2019

“Passing On: Property, Family and Death in Narratives of Inheritance” seeks to explore the multiple ways in which literature deals with inheritance, from the Early Modern period until today, across national and linguistic borders. One of the conference’s main objectives is to open up for a comparative study of inheritance in literature and to encourage productive exchange between scholars of all forms of literature.

We invite 20 minute paper presentations that examine inherited wealth and other questions of inheritance through a variety of theoretical, thematic, and methodological approaches. Themes and topics might include (but are not limited to):

• Death and inheritance in literary works
• Last wills and testaments as forms of writing
• Inherited objects and heirlooms in literature
•Inheritance and emotion: Family, marriage and literary sentiment
• Heiresses and wealthy widows: Inheritance and gender
• Bastards and foundlings: Literary explorations of illegitimacy
• Inheritance and crime: From forged testaments to poisoned millionaires
• The narrative space of inheritance: Estates, global business and wandering heirs
• Literary explorations of religious and legal meanings of inheritance
• Narratives of inherited wealth, inequality and social mobility
• Politics of inheritance: Royal succession and forms of aristocratic power in fiction
• Rentier culture, patronage and literary production
• Critical and theoretical concepts of literary and cultural inheritance

To apply, please submit an abstract of approx. 300 words and a short biography to no later than 15 May 2019. Participants will be notified of the status of their proposal by 15 June 2019.

The conference is organized by Jakob Ladegaard, Julie Hastrup-Markussen, and David Hasberg Zirak-Schmidt from the research project “Unearned Wealth: A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015” and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.


More details here: Call for Papers_Passing on

PhD Conference ‘Alternative Geographies: New Perspectives on Art and Literature in a Global Age’

Aarhus University | October 7-9, 2019

Where is the center of the world within our present world order? What do geography and geographical location mean for our understanding of world literature and art? How do new transcultural relations, planetary outlook, new forms of cosmopolitanism and ecocriticism change our understanding of the role of literature and art in a global world? And how do art and literature depict and reflect on the meaning of old and new geographies?

In this graduate seminar we would like to explore a whole range of possibilities and problems related to geographical location and orientation for the study of art and literature. The aim is to tease out and discuss the problems of geography as they appear in art works and literature, to invite a comparative view on this and a methodological discussion on the importance and meaning of geography. We understand ‘art’ in a broad sense to include art, music, film, drama, visual imagery etc.


Confirmed keynote

Chengzhou He, Changjiang Distinguished Professor (Yangtze River Scholar) of English and Drama at Nanjing University.


Paper proposals

Abstracts (200-300 words) should be sent before June 25, 2019 to Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (, He Chengzhou ( and Mads Anders Baggesgaard:


More information: CFP Alternative Geographies

SMART-Workshop | Brain-Culture Interfaces: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Entanglement of the Human Mind and its Cultural Environment

28 February 2019 | University of Amsterdam | Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who work at the inter-section of the humanities, social sciences and cognitive neurosciences in order to systematically reflect on the ways in which we can investigate the shared boundaries – or interfaces, as we suggest to call them – between brain, body and culture. As a result of a paradigm shift in the sciences of brain and cognition in the last twenty years, human minds/brains are now seen by many as porous and intrinsically entangled with their social and cultural surroundings. This raises the conceptual and practical question how the interaction and entanglement of brain and culture can be investigated. We will explore in four panel sessions how researchers from different fields model and approach the entanglements of mind, body and culture and what the concept of brain-culture interfaces can contribute to the interdisciplinary discussion of these interactions.

Download the full programme here: Programme Brain-Culture Interfaces workshop 28 February


PhD Candidate (1,0 fte): Open University

Deadline: 1 March 2019

The field of Humanities at the Open University includes the disciplines of History, Art History, Philosophy and Literature. Research in Humanities is embedded in the research programs ‘The Value and the Valorization of Culture.’ The focus lies on the study of culture as a complex interaction of dynamic social processes in which values and meanings are developed and formed. Literature forms a separate section within the faculty of Humanities and Law; the staff members of this section carry out research on Western literature and offer courses on literature within the Bachelor and Master Humanities programs. In the research of the section Literary Studies, the focus so far has been on two subtopics: ‘Literature as a social and aesthetic discourse’ and ‘Cultural mediation and participation.’

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On Crime, Crowds, and the City: Poe, Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche

Amsterdam | 7 March 2019

ASCA/NICA Masterclass and Lecture by Jeremy Tambling, organized by Ben Moore

Date/Time/Location: March 7th 2019. Masterclass at 13.30-15.30 in PC Hoofthuis 6.25. Lecture at 17.00-18.00 in PC Hoofthuis 1.04.

Abstract: This event explores the relationship between crime/the criminal and the city, in relation to a range of mainly nineteenth-century authors: Poe, Dickens, Collins, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, Stevenson, but also James Joyce. The main theoretical approach is drawn from Nietzsche, and Klossowski’s readings of him, and from Freud. The masterclass and talk link crime as transgression with the idea of writing (especially writing the city) as transgressive, where writing is understood as an attempt to produce the ‘new word’ that Raskolnikov speaks of when justifying crime and transgression in Crime and Punishment. Baudelaire’s prose poems and Joyce’s writing are taken to be examples of this new word, or movements towards it, which exerts a price in the case of Joyce, as seen in the arguments raised about schizophrenia in his writing. Conceptualisations of criminality in the writers mentioned above are compared to Nietzsche on the pale criminal from Zarathustra, and what Freud discusses when he thinks of ‘criminals from a sense of guilt’. In both cases, questions of identity are at the heart of the discussion: crime as fixing identity; crime as escape from rationalising forces which define what the subject is.

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Memory and Activism (Mnemonics Summer School)

Utrecht | 18-20 September 2019

The annual Mnemonics Summer School serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The aim is to help PhD students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019

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Workshop ‘Performance Historiography: Examining Past Performances from a Present-day Perspective’

Ghent University | 12-13 September 2019

The interdisciplinary research groups THALIA and GEMS organise a workshop for early career researchers on the theme of performance historiography, considering theatre, music, rituals, religious processions, political demonstrations and other forms of performances in the past. Whereas the existing body of literature on such historical performances is rather anecdotal and tends to approach them through/as merely written sources, this workshop intends to consider them as experiences that are bodily and emotional events. We aim to explore how contemporary theory can help us understand their function in historical time and space.

During this two-day workshop, participants will have the unique opportunity to discuss questions on methodology or specific case studies with specialists in the field. Jane Davidson (University of Melbourne), Morag Josephine Grant (University of Edinburgh) and Henry Turner (Rutgers University) will each give a lecture and provide feedback on the work of the participating young researchers.

We encourage PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and advanced master students from various disciplines such as theatre and literary studies, musicology, media studies, cultural history, (early) modern history, political science, and anthropology to subscribe to the workshop by sending us a short note on how the theme of this workshop relates to their own research interests by March 15th.

Please find more information about the speakers and the preliminary set-up and program here. If you have any questions or remarks, do let us know. We look forward to receiving your application!

Best regards on behalf of THALIA and GEMS,

Sarah Adams, Kornee van der Haven, Renée Vulto