Promotie – Corina Koolen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

‘Kijk nu eens daadwerkelijk naar literaire kwaliteit’

Stereotypen belemmeren eerlijke beoordeling vrouwelijke auteurs

Datum: vrijdag 18 mei om 11.00 uur.
Locatie: Aula van de UvA, Singel 411, Amsterdam
Promotoren: prof. dr. L.W.M. Bod en prof. dr. K.H. van Dalen-Oskam

Het literaire werk van vrouwen wordt nog altijd minder literair gevonden dan dat van een man. Corina Koolen onderzocht waar het verschil in waardering voor vrouwelijke en mannelijke auteurs vandaan komt. Haar conclusie: we laten onze beoordeling te veel beïnvloeden door stereotype-bevestigende elementen in de tekst. Koolen, werkzaam als onderzoeker bij het Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis (onderdeel van de KNAW), promoveert op vrijdag 18 mei aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).

Vrouwelijke auteurs in Nederland produceren honderden literaire romans per jaar, maar doen toch niet mee aan de literaire top. ‘Het is ten eerste al droevig gesteld met de verkoop- en uitleencijfers van oorspronkelijk Nederlandstalige literaire romans die door vrouwen geschreven zijn’, vertelt Koolen. ‘Mannen en vrouwelijke vertaalde auteurs doen het beter.’ Daarnaast vinden zowel mannen als vrouwen het werk van vrouwelijke auteurs minder literair, bleek uit Het Nationale Lezersonderzoek. Dit werd uitgevoerd door het onderzoeksproject van het Huygens ING waar Koolen onderdeel van is, The Riddle of Literary Quality. Koolen: ‘Vrouwen zijn zelfs strenger over werk door vrouwelijke auteurs dan de mannen. Aan de andere kant: vrouwen lezen romans van zowel mannen als vrouwen, terwijl mannen claimen nauwelijks werk van vrouwen te lezen.’

Vicieuze cirkel

Het is moeilijk een oorzaak aan te wijzen voor de achterstelling van vrouwelijke auteurs in Nederland, omdat alle lagen in het veld – van de lezer tot literaire jury’s – de huidige situatie in stand houden. ‘Het is een vicieuze cirkel’, aldus Koolen. Het probleem is dat gender zelden de directe aanleiding is voor kritiek. Die kritiek is de maatstaf van literaire kwaliteit. Daarom keek Koolen, onder andere met computeranalyses, hoe sterk romanteksten eigenlijk gekoppeld kunnen worden aan het gender van de auteur. Is de stijl van vrouwelijke auteurs wezenlijk anders dan die van mannelijke? Schrijven vrouwen ‘emotioneler’, vaker over onderwerpen als het gezinsleven en over uiterlijkheden, en leidt dat tot ‘vrouwelijkheid’ van tekst? En maakt dat een tekst minder literair? Koolen: ‘Het antwoord op al die vragen is: Nee.’

Uit de computeranalyses blijkt dat de stijl van een tekst veel meer wordt bepaald door het genre, dialoog en narratief dan door het gender van de auteur. ‘Het gaat dus vooral om perceptie: vrouwelijke auteurs zijn geen andere soort, zij schrijven – net als mannelijke auteurs – in de stijl van het genre dat zij beoefenen. Er wordt vaak een ‘idee van vrouwelijkheid’ in teksten van vrouwelijke auteurs gelegd. Bovendien kunnen lezers niet uitleggen waarom ‘vrouwelijk’ gelijk staat aan laag-literair en ‘mannelijk’ niet. Een man die op zoek is naar zichzelf, is het onderwerp van een bildungsroman. Een roman over een vrouw die dat doet, is in de perceptie van de lezer sneller een ‘vrouwenboek’. Het is allemaal heel subtiel en alle lezers doen er – vaak onbewust – aan mee. Blijkbaar haakt de lezer bij het beoordelen van de tekst onbewust te veel in op die elementen die stereotypen bevestigen.’

Laten we gaan ‘lezen voorbij het vrouwelijke’, stelt Koolen tot besluit dan ook voor, want alleen dat kan leiden tot verandering.

Promotiedetails

Corina Koolen: Reading beyond the Female: the Relationship between Perception of Author Gender and Literary Quality. Promotoren zijn prof. dr. L.W.M. Bod en prof. dr. K.H. van Dalen-Oskam.

Het promotieonderzoek is gefinancierd door het speerpunt Digital Humanities van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen.​

 

Invitation to the 3rd OSL Research Day (Oct 12, 2018, Groningen)

The third OSL Research Day will take place on October 12, 2018 at the University Library in Groningen. We invite scholars from all Dutch universities to explore affinities in their research interests and possibilities for future collaboration around a number of research topics (mentioned below). More topics can be added to the list, in particular by participants who already have future collaborators in mind. In that case please contact Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia: p.valdivia.martin@rug.nl by June 30.

The Research Day hopes to stimulate more collaboration between literary scholars and existing research groups in the Netherlands. Although literature is the main scope of the OSL Research School, we explicitly encourage multidisciplinary research.

Programme
The Research Day will start with the presentation of the 2018 OSL Award, followed by a PhD Forum and a session on Research Funding. After a short break, Prof. Dr. Esther Peeren (UvA) will lecture on Reading Rural Imaginations (project awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant). Peeren’s innovative research is closely related to various topics that will be discussed in parallel sessions during the afternoon (cf. E. Peeren. The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility, 2014; E. Peeren, H. Stuit, & A. van Weyenberg (Eds.), Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present: Spaces, Mobilities, Aesthetics, Leiden: Brill, 2016; E. Peeren, R. Celikates, J. de Kloet, & T. Poell (Eds.), Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

In the afternoon, the participants will discuss their own research projects and interests in sessions organised by existent and emerging research groups. Sessions are planned on the topics of literature and law, poetics of knowledge, literature and technology, transgressing boundaries et al. These sessions take 1.5 hour each, and are open to all researchers. More panels can be added. Please find the schedule below.

Seed Money
The organization of the sessions is flexible and is up to the convenors of each session. The sessions can be envisaged as a matchmaking event, a presentation of brief research pitches/papers or discussion in which ongoing or future research projects are presented. We would explicitly like to invite participants to think about future collaborations with the members of the session, i.e. the planning of symposia, book publications, joint funding applications (NWO, ERC etc.) or the organization of OSL budgeted academic events such as the Ravenstein Seminar in January 2020. Plans for collaboration can be further developed in the month following the Research day and sent to Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia. The OSL Board will make € 1000,- of seed money available for the most promising initiative.

Registration
Participants can register for the Research Day by sending an email to OSL-fgw@uva.nl  before June 30. Please indicate in your email in which sessions you would like to participate. The event will take place in the RUG University Library, Broerstraat 4, Groningen.

We look forward to meeting you all in Groningen on Oct 12!

Pablo Valdivia, Ruby de Vos, Alberto Godioli, Florian Lippert, Sander Brouwer and the OSL Board

 

 

TimeSessionVenue
10:00-10:15Coffee Reception-Welcome by Dr. Stephan Besser & Prof. Dr. Pablo ValdiviaTBA
10:15-10:30OSL AwardJantina Tammeszaal
10:30-11:30PhD Forum (Convenors: Ruby de Vos & Dr. Vera Alexander)Jantina Tammeszaal

 

11:30-12:00 Life Beyond ERC & NWO: Research Funding (Presentation: Gema Ocaña RUG Senior Advisor in European Affairs / Funding)Jantina Tammeszaal
12:00-13:00LunchTBA
13:00-14:00Reading Rural Imaginations

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Esther Peeren (Chair: Dr. Sander Brouwer)

Jantina Tammeszaal

 

14:00-15:30Parallel Session 1: Research Group Literature & Law (Convenors: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Sobecki, Dr. Alberto Godioli, Dr. Florian Lippert)

Parallel Session 2: Research Group Poetics of Knowledge (Convenor: Dr. Marieke Winkler)

TBA
15:30-16:00Coffee BreakTBA
16:00-17:30Parallel Session 3: Research Group Transgressing Borders: Mediating & Negotiating Cultures (Convenor: Prof. Dr. Petra Broomans, Dr. Jeanette den Toonder)

Parallel Session 4: Research Group Literature, Technology & Innovation (Convenor: Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia)

TBA
17:30-18:00BreakTBA
18:00-19:00Book presentation Prof. Dr. Richard Lansdown, Literature and Truth: Imaginative Writing as a Medium for Ideas (Brill, December 2017)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia

TBA

 

 

Masterclass with prof. Rita Felski – “Comparison and (Post)critique. Method and Engagement in Literary Studies”

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Location: University of Groningen, location TBA
For: PhD candidates and RMA students (OSL members have first access; limited to 15 participants).
Organisation: Jesse van Amelsvoort and Ruby de Vos (University of Groningen)
Credits: 1 EC
Registration

Ever since Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Bruno Latour forcefully have called into question the dominance of established modes of critique, there has been debate among literary and cultural scholars on the meaning and orientation of reading and critique. In recent years, Rita Felski’s work in Uses of Literature (2008) and The Limits of Critique (2015) has been at the centre of these discussions. The purpose of this master class is to think about the future of critique, criticism and reading in our own academic work, and to ask how these new avenues of thought and practice might be put to work for societal engagement and valorisation.

In an academic and societal environment that seems increasingly geared towards a (social) scientific understanding of methods and methodology, literary scholar can find it difficult to legitimate how they ‘do’ their discipline. Arguments grounded in established practices of critique do not always make for an easy fit with the general public’s knowledge and expectations. Consequently, humanities voices are disappearing from public debates, problematically creating the image of intellectual poverty and social uselessness. Therefore, this master class will ask whether and to what extent new, postcritical methods might create new possibilities for engagement with the public beyond the walls of the academy.

The master class aims not only to facilitate interaction and dialogue among the participants, but also explicitly encourages them to actively search for new ways of reading and criticism and include them in their research projects.

Aims

  • To think about methods, especially what is usually referred to as ‘reading’, in literary and cultural studies research;
  • To think more specifically about the relevance of critique and postcritique;
  • To create and foster a community of RMa and PhD students who are interested in participating in and furthering methodological discussions within literary studies.

Application and preparation

Aspiring participants apply by submitting a half page letter of motivation, which includes a description of their research project or interests, the role that matters of critique play in their research and 2-3 questions or points they would like to discuss during the master class. These questions will be send to Professor Felski as points of reference for her short workshop lecture and interaction with the participants. In response to the questions, Professor Felski will set around 60-80 pages of assigned readings for the participants, who are required to have read these before coming to the master class. Send your application to Ruby de Vos / r.e.de.vos@rug.nl and CC OSL-fgw@uva.nl by April 15, 2018 (subject: Master class Felski). For questions about the event please contact Ruby de Vos (r.e.de.vos@rug.nl).

Set-up and schedule*

The day starts with a public lecture (11-13 hrs, to be confirmed) by Rita Felski, attendance of which is required for the participants of the master class. After lunch, the participants convene to prepare the workshop and take stock of their questions. At 15:00, Rita Felski joins the group for a brief lecture and discussion of the questions and assigned readings.

11:00–13:00    Public lecture by Professor Felski
13:00–14:00    Lunch
14:00–14:50    Preparation of the masterclass (chair: Ruby de Vos)
14:50–15:00    Coffee break
15:00                   Short lecture by Rita Felski and response by Roel Smeets, followed by general discussion
(chair: Jesse van Amelsvoort)
17:00                    Drinks

*schedule might be subject to change

ERC Advanced Grant voor Ann Rigney (Universiteit Utrecht)

ERC Advanced Grant voor Ann Rigney (UU): onderzoek naar burgerdemonstraties

Burgerdemonstraties halen gauw het nieuws maar lijken daarna te verdwijnen. Hoe worden deze demonstraties herinnerd als ze niet langer nieuwswaardig zijn? Hoe worden vormen van protest hergebruikt door nieuwe generaties? Wat maakt een burgerprotest succesvol? Dat zijn de centrale vragen in het ERC-project van literatuurwetenschapper prof. dr. Ann Rigney.

Het project onderzoekt de totstandkoming van verhalen over opstandige burgers in Europa sinds de negentiende eeuw, van de Parijse Commune tot aan de recente Occupy-bewegingen.

De ERC Advanced Grant (€ 2,5 miljoen) is een subsidie voor vijf jaar en wordt toegekend aan uitzonderlijke en richtingbepalende senior onderzoekers. Het project Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe (ReAct) heeft als hypothese dat protestbewegingen doorwerken in de collectieve herinnering. Kennis over deze collectieve herinnering is nodig om protestbewegingen volledig te begrijpen.

Link: https://www.uu.nl/nieuws/erc-advanced-grant-voor-ann-rigney-onderzoek-naar-burgerdemonstraties

Hermes 2018 Summer School: Vulnerability

Hermes 2018 Summer School
University College London

For OSL PhD-candidates

18-22 June 2018
Italian Institute of Germanic Studies
Villa Sciarra-Wurts, Rome, Italy

http://hermes.au.dk/
Call for papers: Hermes 2018 Rome CfP

Invited Speakers
  • Giandomenico Iannetti (University College London)
  • Katherine Ibbett (University of Oxford)
  • Peter Leary (University College London)
  • Timothy Mathews (University College London)
  • Simona Micali (University of Siena)
  • Baldassare Pastore (University of Ferrara)
  • Ellen Sapega (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – tbc
General Information

University College London (UCL) is proud to be a founding member of the Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, a long-standing collaboration of eleven doctoral schools in Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, and the USA, with a proven record of international excellence in the field of Comparative Literary Studies. The Consortium’s annual summer school, hosted in turn by each partner institution, brings together specialists, delegates from the partner universities and 22 PhD students (two per university). Intensive training workshops and work-in-progress presentations focus on shared methodologies and themes and lead to the publication of an annual edited volume, published by UCL Press in the Comparative Literature and Culture series, co-edited by Prof. Timothy Mathews and Dr Florian Mussgnug. The 2018 edition of Hermes, jointly hosted by UCL and the Italian Institute of Germanic Studies in Rome [Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici], will take its timely topic from the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) ongoing research initiative for 2017-18: “Vulnerability”. We will explore the intrinsic ambivalence of this concept, which suggests both fragility and openness, and will pay attention to narratives of vulnerability but also to the ways in which texts and traditions may become vulnerable: to loss, censorship, editorial intervention, or interpretation. We will engage with shifting historical contexts and approach comparative studies as an opening to other fields of disciplinary inquiry, including neuroscience, which provides new perspectives on human perception and defence behaviour. Our philosophical and juridical understanding of vulnerability will be further advanced by the contribution of PRIN 2015 “Legal Entity and Vulnerability”, a large collaborative research initiative funded by the National Research Council of Italy.

Hermes aims to expand internationally collaborative research and research-based learning, and promotes international mobility and collaboration across Europe. Our summer school thus embraces the aims of the newly established UCL Rome Regional Partnership Fund, which facilitates and supports academic collaboration between UCL and institutional partners in Central Italy. We are delighted that this year’s summer school will be hosted in Rome and welcome this opportunity to open the Hermes network to the Italian doctoral schools associated with the Italian Institute of Germanic Studies.

Call for Contributions

Vulnerability, from the Latin vulnus (‘wound’), signifies a susceptibility to being wounded. It suggests both fragility and openness, and it is this ambivalence that we wish to explore.

Thinking about vulnerability often raises questions which are political and ethical in nature: who or what is vulnerable? What reactions does vulnerability provoke? What forms of responsibility does vulnerability entail? Vulnerability has been argued to be a defining characteristic of the human condition. The American philosopher Daniel Callahan writes that “we are as human beings intrinsically vulnerable. We are vulnerable to time and nature […] and we are vulnerable to each other”. Yet these vulnerabilities are shared not only by humans but also, for instance, by non-human animals. Indeed, the recognition that animals, too, are vulnerable is a key argument in animal rights. To recall a much-quoted phrase from Jeremy Bentham: “the question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”

In literary studies, vulnerability can be approached from a number of different angles. It may concern characters and situations, and encourage us to reconsider literary expressions of suffering and woundedness on the level of plot, theme, and characterization. Then again, texts themselves may also be vulnerable: to loss, censorship, editorial intervention, or interpretation. How is a text made vulnerable by its readers and how are readers made vulnerable by certain texts?

In the context of this conference we want to explore the specific contributions that comparative literature can make to vulnerability studies. A comparative approach encourages us to consider whether vulnerability has a distinct form in literature from different times and different places. It also benefits from a recognition of the importance of other disciplines — philosophy, psychoanalysis, neuroscience inter alia — in understanding discourses of vulnerability. Finally, we propose that comparative literature might itself be understood to be defined by its own vulnerability, in the two senses of the term introduced earlier: fragility and openness. Like comparative literature, vulnerability is at heart a mode and form of relationality.

We welcome abstracts (150 words) related — but not limited — to the areas listed below. Each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes to give their paper. In addition to presenting on their own work and areas of expertise, speakers may wish in their papers to reflect on methodological questions raised by the general topic of vulnerability.

  • Figurations of vulnerability, in literature, art, humanitarian discourse, politics and poetics
  • The constitution/construction and representation of vulnerable subjects and groups, regions, languages, populations or communities
  • The vulnerability of text(s) and writing
  • The instrumentalizations of vulnerability in human rights discourse, humanitarian studies, refugee studies, public policy and politics
  • Vulnerability and victimhood: ethics, values, agency and moral judgement
  • Vulnerability and violence: epistemic, actual and strategic
  • The relationship of ‘vulnerability’ to ‘precarity’, ‘fragility’ or ‘risk’
  • Vulnerable forms: genres, mediums, practices, objects, structures, materials, modes of being, life-worlds
  • The gendering/ageing/sexing of vulnerability: vulnerability and intersectionality
  • Vulnerability and visibility, vulnerability and difference, vulnerability as image
  • Vulnerability and the law, discourses of protection, care and control, compassion and support
  • Vulnerability, performance and performativity
  • Vulnerability and power, vulnerability and strength/resilience
  • Comparative literature as a vulnerable discipline

Abstracts of no more than 150 words, accompanied by a short biographical presentation of similar length should be submitted by email to j. rushworth@ucl.ac.uk [and OSL-fgw@uva.nl] by Monday, 5th March 2018.

Practical Information

Accommodation for delegates, speakers and student participants will be provided for four nights (18th June to 22nd June 2018) at Villa Maria Guest House, in the immediate proximity of Villa Sciarra-Wurts and within easy walking distance from the vibrant neighbourhood of Trastevere and the historical centre of Rome. Students will be hosted in shared double rooms with en suite bathrooms.

A conference fee of EUR 270.00 per participant, to be paid to the organisers on arrival, will include participation, accommodation, lunch on four days, conference dinner, and a guided walking tour of Rome.

Participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements. Please see here information on how to reach Villa Maria Guest House. In case of dietary or other special needs, please contact the organisers at your earliest convenience, at f.mussgnug@ucl.ac.uk

Organising Committee
  • Florian Mussgnug (UCL)
  • Jennifer Rushworth (UCL)
  • Roberta Ascarelli (IIGS)
  • Lucia Corso (Enna)
Sponsors
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL
  • PRIN “Legal Entity and Vulnerability”
  • University of Enna Kore
  • Italian Institute of Germanic Studies

 

 

Conference – Achter de verhalen: De terugkeer van de geschiedenis

Op 18, 19 en 20 april organiseert de Universiteit Antwerpen het tweejaarlijke congres Achter de verhalen. Thema van deze editie is De terugkeer van de geschiedenis. Het volledige programma is te raadplegen op de website van het congres.

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Geert Buelens (UUtrecht)
Prof. dr. Stéphanie Vanasten (UCLouvain)
Prof. dr. Jacqueline Bel (VUAmsterdam)
Prof. dr. Dirk De Geest (KULeuven)
Prof. dr. Bruno De Wever (UGent)
Dr. Esther op de Beeck & Dr. Bram Ieven (ULeiden)

Aanmelding

Registreren voor deelname aan het congres kan tot 3 april via deze link.
Voor meer info kunt u mailen naar achterdeverhalen@uantwerpen.be.

Met de medewerking van

Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap
Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen
Taalunie
Stad Antwerpen
Universiteit Antwerpen

Conference – Anderswo im Anderswann: Autofiktion als Utopie (March 21-23, 2018)

Date: March 21-23, 2018

Location: Tagungshotel Schloss, Gnadenthal, Kleve

Organizaton: dr. Yvonne Delhey (Radboud Universiteit), prof. dr. Rolf Parr (Universität Duisburg-Essen), dr. Kerstin Wilhelms (Universität Münster)

Utopie – Thomas Morus dachte sie sich vor 500 Jahren als Insel – die Insel als ein Gegenentwurf zur Gesellschaft. Bei Morus ist sie eine ideale, konfliktfreie Welt, während Gilles Deleuze sie sich, Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts, eher als einen wüsten Ort vorstellte – allein schon deshalb, weil sie von der übrigen Welt abgesondert ist. Utopie [gr. οὐ und τόπος, ‘nicht’, ‘Ort’], der Nicht-Ort. Michel Foucault, Zeitgenosse Deleuzes, stellt in seinen Überlegungen zu ‘anderen Räumen’ den Gegenwartsbezug der Utopie heraus, was ihn dann konsequenterweise zur Formulierung der Heterotopien bringt. Es ist dieses kritische Potenzial der Utopie, das Denker wie Jean Jacques Rousseau oder Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels nutzten, um die literarische Gattung der utopischen Erzählungen stärker politisch auszurichten. Karl Mannheim brachte es auf den Satz: “Utopisch ist ein Bewußtsein, das sich mit dem es umgebenden ‘Sein’ nicht in Deckung befindet”. Damit beginnt im Grunde das Ende der Verzeitlichung der Utopie, wie sie am Beginn der Moderne mit Romanen wie ‘Das Jahr 2240’ (1771) von Louis-Sébastian Mercier aufkamen. Die aktuelle Utopieforschung hat sich schon lange von idealisierten Zukunftsvisionen verabschiedet und diskutiert Utopie (u.a.) als ‚Impuls’, ‚Methode’ oder ‚Bewusstsein’. Wie aber muss man sich ein solches Bewusstsein, das sich nicht in Deckung mit dem Realen befinden will, vorstellen? Wie entwirft es sich selbst, wie inszeniert es sich, wie stellt es sich dar? An dieser Stelle berühren sich Utopie- und Autobiographieforschung.

Mit dem Fokus auf die Utopie kommt das Imaginäre, Visuelle und Fantastische in den Blick, dass die Autobiographie von der Autofiktion unterscheidet. ‘Autofiktion’ adressiert im Gegensatz zur an Authentizität und Wahrhaftigkeit ausgerichteten Auffassung von Autobiographie das fiktionale Moment literarischer Selbstentwürfe: “Fiktion strikt realer Ereignisse und Fakten”, so definierte Serge Doubrovsky den Begriff, der sich inzwischen in der aktuellen Autobiographiedebatte etabliert hat. Entscheidend für die Behandlung der Autobiographie als Utopie dürfte des Weiteren die Konstitution des Ichs im Medium sein. Die neuere Autobiographieforschung hat dafür den Begriff der ‘Automedialität’ geprägt. Mit diesem Begriff wird der Fokus auf die mediale Begründung des Selbstentwurfs gelegt, der zwar zumeist, aber keinesfalls ausschließlich, im Medium der Schrift vollzogen wird. Dabei sind die verschiedenen Medien Grundlage unterschiedlicher autobiographischer – oder besser noch: autofiktionaler – Artikulationsmodi, die jeweils unterschiedlich geformte Selbstbilder hervorbringen. Die Tagung fragt vornehmlich nach dem Utopischen dieses autofiktionalen Selbstentwurfs und möchte damit Licht werfen auf das Imaginäre, das Fantastische aber auch auf die gesellschaftskritischen Gegenwartsbezüge des Selbstentwurfs.

 

MITTWOCH, 21.03.2018
12.00 Uhr       Ankunft in Gnadenthal
13.00 Uhr        Mittagessen
14.00 Uhr        Begrüßung und Einführung (Y. Delhey, R. Parr, K. Wilhelms)

Utopische Autofiktionen
14.15 Uhr        Christian Sieg (Münster) Schamfreiheit und Aufrichtigkeit. Zu einer utopischen Figur und operativen Fiktion autobiografischen Schreibens von Johann Casper Lavater bis Bernward Vesper
15.00 Uhr        Zoya Brumberg (Texas) Looking Forward: On Socialism and its Aesthetic Discontents

15.45 Uhr        Kaffeepause

Utopische Autorfiktionen
16.15 Uhr        Franziska Mader (Frankfurt/M): „Ich bin ja nicht Hesse, sondern war Sinclair“ – Das Heteronym als utopische Auto(r)fiktion
17.00 Uhr        Sandie Attia (La Réunion): „In den Gedichten verstecke ich mich“: Günter Eichs poetische Selbstentwürfe

DONNERSTAG, 22.03.2018

Utopische Zeit/Räume in der Autofiktion
09.30 Uhr       Kerstin Wilhelms (Münster): Childhood as Utopia. Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak Memory
10.15 Uhr        Barbara Winckler (Münster): Utopia – Heterotopia – Writing- Between-Worlds: Physical and Metaphorical Spaces and Dynamics in Zeina Abirached’s Autofictional Graphic Novels
11.00 Uhr        Kaffeepause
11.30 Uhr        Rolf  Parr (Duisburg-Essen): Utopische und autofiktionale Elemente in Texten der 68er-Schriftsteller: Uwe Timm, Peter Paul Zahl, Friedrich Christian Delius
12.15 Uhr        Lena Crucitti (Brüssel): In a „cosy state of  suspension“: Nostalgia as a lethal utopian space in Kazuo Ishiguro‘s Never Let Me Go (2005)
13.00 Uhr       Mittagspause

Das Utopische des autofiktionalen Körpers
15.00 Uhr        Marcella Fassio (Oldenburg):  „[…] dem eigenen Leben wie einem Roman zu Leibe zu rücken […]Autopathographisches Schreiben als utopischer Selbst-Entwurf  in Wolfgang Herrndorfs Blog Arbeit und Struktur
15.45 Uhr        Steffie Pragt (Nijmegen): Transgressing Bodies – The Female Body and Environment in Feminist Dystopia
16.30 Uhr        Kaffeepause
17.00 Uhr        Christian Moser (Bonn): Nostalgie und Utopie in den autobiographischen Texten Jean-Jacques Rousseaus

FREITAG, 23.03.2018

Autofiktionales Theater und Utopie
09.30 Uhr        Eva Stubenrauch (Bonn): „Zugleich Chronist und Utopiker“ – Milo Raus Globaler Realismus als poetologischer Selbstentwurf
10.15 Uhr        Yvonne Delhey (Nijmegen): Provokation als Kunst: Jonathan Meese und die Oper Mondparsifal
11.00 Uhr        Kaffeepause

Automedialität und Utopie
11.30 Uhr        Tobias Schwessinger (Jena): „Ich bin das andere, das mich bewohnt.“ Foto-lyrische Selbstentwürfe einer Kindheit zwischen
Autofiktion und Utopie
12.15 Uhr        Ingrid Bertrand (Brüssel): Anytime but Now, Anywhere but Here: The Future and Past as Subversive Counter-Utopias in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and its 2016 television adaptation
13.00 Uhr        Mittagspause
14.00 Uhr        Ricarda Menn (Frankfurt/M): Elsewhere yet Nowhere – John  Burnside’s Autofictions
14.45 Uhr        Abschlussdiskussion: Ausblick und Perspektiven
15.00 Uhr        Kaffeepause

16.00 Uhr        Abreise

No conference fee; please contact the organisers if you want to participate. For accommodation please contact the Tagungshotel.

Contact: dr. Yvonne Delhey (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen; y.delhey@let.ru.nl); prof. dr. Rolf Parr (Universität Duisburg-Essen; rolf.parr@uni-due.de); dr. Kerstin Wilhelms Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; k.wilhelms@uni-muenster.de).

Venue: Tagungshotel Schloss Gnadenthal, Gnadenthal 8, 47533 Kleve, phone. 02821-29080, email: schloss@gnadenthal.de; http://www.gnadenthal.com/

Workshop ‘Literature, fieldwork, and the social sciences’

13-14 March 2018
Maastricht University
Grote Gracht 80-82 (Soiron building), Spiegelzaal (first floor)

Credit for RMA students: 1 EC

a.swinnen@maastrichtuniversity.nl
b.debruyn@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Please, register by February 25, 2018, by sending your name, affiliation and day(s) you will attend to secr.hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl with the subject Workshop March.

Outline

Bringing together an international group of specialists, this workshop reflects on the role of literary and cultural studies in the contemporary humanities and on potential collaborations with colleagues from the social sciences who use qualitative methods like interviewing and fieldwork. This is a timely topic, as is shown by special issues devoted to ‘description across disciplines’ and ‘postcritique’ (Representations, 2016; PMLA, 2017) as well as by recent publications of scholars like Amy Hungerford, Margaret Mackey, Shalini Puri, Heather Love, Rita Felski, Ivan Jablonka and many others. These articles and research projects are different in various ways, but they share the ambition to develop new paths for literary studies with the help of insights from the social sciences, to develop future forms of ‘fieldwork’, broadly construed. Our workshop aims to map these new paths and set the agenda for new collaborations between literature, literary studies, and the social sciences. We would like to tackle questions like the following: what role does literary studies play in the contemporary humanities? Which insights from the social sciences can help us to rethink contemporary literature and literary studies? What themes, methods, and histories connect literary studies and the social sciences? How have novelists and other writers picked up on these ideas, and used/criticized them? How does a social sciences approach to novels, poems, and other cultural artifacts differ from a literary approach, and how can they enrich each other?

Programme

Tuesday 12 March 2018

11.00 welcome by the organizers
11.15-12.30 Amy Hungerford
12.30-14.00 lunch
14.00-14.45 Aagje Swinnen
14.45-15.30 Miriam Meissner
15.30-16.00 break
16.00-17.00 Marco Caracciolo and Susannah Crockford
17.00-17.15 break
17.15-18.15 Odile Heynders

Wednesday 14 March 2018

10.00-11.15 Shalini Puri
11.15-11.30 break
11.30-12.15 Emilie Sitzia
12.15-13.45 lunch
13.45-14.30 Gaston Franssen
14.30-15.15 Leni Van Goidsenhoven
15.15-15.30 break
15.30-16.45 Margaret Mackey
16.45-17.00 break
17.00-18.00 Lies Wesseling

Bios

  • Amy Hungerford (Yale University) has recently published an important study of contemporary literature that combines traditional approaches with ethnographic techniques like interviewing and participant observation (Making Literature Now, Stanford, 2016). She is also Dean of the Humanities Division at Yale.
  • Margaret Mackey (University of Alberta) has published widely on the subject of young people’s reading. Her most recent work is an interdisciplinary ‘auto-bibliography’ that describes and explains her development as a reader from the 1950s onwards, combining insights from textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory (One Child Reading, University of Alberta Press, 2016).
  • Shalini Puri (University of Pittsburgh) works on postcolonial theory and cultural studies of the global South, with a special focus on the Caribbean and on cultural practices related to the overlapping African and Asian diasporas. She has recently coedited Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities (Palgrave, 2016).
  • Marco Caracciolo (Ghent University) is lead researcher on an ERC starting grant project which brings together literary studies and narrative approaches in the social sciences to analyze how literary fiction as well as oral narratives by members of the public imagine relations between humans and nonhumans in the context of a global environmental crisis. His publications include Strange Narrators in Contemporary Fiction (University of Nebraska Press, 2016) and A Passion for Specificity: Confronting Inner Experience in Literature and Science (Ohio State UP, 2016).
  • Gaston Franssen (University of Amsterdam) is a literary scholar whose recent research examines celebrity culture, illness narratives, and therapeutic uses of fiction, paying special attention to how these social phenomena shape the selves of authors and readers. He recently co-edited Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature (Palgrave, 2016).
  • Odile Heijnders (Tilburg University) studies contemporary literature in relation to theories of democracy, the public sphere, and the public intellectual. She is the author of Writers as Public Intellectuals: Literature, Celebrity, Democracy (Palgrave, 2015).
  • Leni Van Goidsenhoven (Leuven University) wrote her Phd on self-presentations of people living with autism in print and online (Autisme in veelvoud: het potentieel van life writing voor alternatieve vormen van subjectiviteit, 2017). Her work is situated at the intersection of literary and disability studies.
  • The scholars from Maastricht University who are involved in this workshop are affiliated with the interdisciplinary research program Arts, Media, and Culture (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/arts-media-and-culture).

Registration and credits

Members of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap/OSL) are invited to participate in the workshop. OSL RMA students can acquire 1 ECTS by

  • Attending a workshop day of their choice,
  • Preparing questions for the speakers in relation to an 80-page-reader that will be send upon registration,
  • Write a 800-word response to one of the lectures after the workshop in light of the future of literary studies.

Please, register by February 25, 2018, by sending your name, affiliation and day(s) you will attend to secr.hislk@maastrichtuniversity.nl with the subject Workshop March.

Conference on Frisian Humanities

1st Conference on Frisian Humanities
23 – 26 April 2018

Invitation

We’d like to invite you to our first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, from 23 till 26 April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan taal (Country of languages) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. We’re happy to present you the preliminary program of the four symposia on the conference.

(Preview) program

In the four symposia – about Language and Linguistics, Literature, Medieval Frisia and Multilingualism – there will be about a hundred lectures!

A little preview of the lectures/speakers at the different topics:

  • Language and Linguistics (23 and 24 April) – Naomi Nagy (University of Toronto) – ‘Francoprovençal in Europa and North America: Vitality and Variability’; Peter Schrijver (Utrecht University) ‘The origins of the Frisian language: inheritance and contact’
  • Literature (23, 24 and 25 April) – Wilken Engelbrecht (Palacký University, Olomouc): ‘Fries en Friese literatuur vanuit een Centraal-Europees perspectief’ (Frisian and Frisian literature from a central European perspective); Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): ‘Yntermedialiteit yn de Fryske poëzy, 1992-2017’ (Intermediality in the Frisian poetry, 1992-2017)
  • Medieval Frisia (23 and 24 April) – Helle Vogt (University of Copenhagen); Arnoud Jan Bijsterveld (Tilburg University)
  • Multilingualism (25 and 26 April) – Jim Cummins (University of Toronto); Itesh Sachdev (SOAS University of London): ‘Vitality of Urban Multilingualism: Towards a social psychological model’.

For the complete programs of the four symposia please visit: www.fryske-akademy.nl/frisianhumanities

Registration/Conference fee

Please visit www.frisianhumanities.nl for your registration.
The fee is € 80 per topic. The fee for the whole conference (2 symposia/ 4 days) is € 160. Students can register for 50%. The conference fee includes lunch, coffee and tea, and refreshments.

Lodging

After your registration you will be informed about accommodation, with special rates at various choice hotels in Leeuwarden. Note that the number of rooms is limited, so our advice is to register for the conference as soon as possible, so that you can also book a room as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to the first Conference on Frisian Humanities and we hope to meet you at the end of April in Leeuwarden.

The Conference committee

Drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on Multilingualism)
Dr Eric Hoekstra (Literature)
Dr Han Nijdam (Medieval Frisia)
Dr Hans Van de Velde (Language and Linguistics)

More information/contact

info@frisianhumanities.nl or call +31 (0)58 20 45 200 (Congresbureau Friesland)

Utopia across Cultures: A Workshop

Date: 16 February 2018
Time: 10.00-16.00h
Venue: University Library – Vondelzaal, Singel 425
Open to: PhD candidates and RMa students; members of OSL will have first access
ECTS: 1 EC
Lecturer: dr Barnita Bagchi, Utrecht University
Registration

This masterclass invites advanced postgraduate students to explore the mobile, cross-cultural nature of utopia. Even if the word was invented in Europe in 1516 by Thomas More, utopia has manifestations in and has travelled between all inhabited continents, for example in Asia, through Buddhism. The heuristic mode so crucial to utopian writing, which is usefully seen as a kind of speculative writing,  plays in richly varied ways with thinking across cultures. Utopia articulates dreams of a better life and anticipations of the future (Bloch, 1954-1959); a ‘social dreaming’ (Claeys and Sargent 1999), utopia combines social and imaginative experimentation. In this masterclass, students will be thinking through how the transcultural plays out in utopian writing from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Afrofuturism and hybrid aesthetics influenced by South Asian cultures are in focus. We will discuss literary and critical texts by Octavia Butler, Salman Rushdie, Lyman Tower Sargent and others.