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).

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. These sessions can take different shapes and forms, dependent upon the ideas of the organizers and participants. Please find a preliminary list of call for contributions of the sessions and a schedule of the Research Day as a whole 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 other OSL members. The OSL Board will make € 1000,- of seed money available for the most promising initiative, including for instance:

  • planning of symposia
  • book publications
  • joint funding applications
  • organization of OSL budgeted academic events such as the Ravenstein Seminar in January 2020 (in this case, the seed money will be added as an extra to the budget already made available by OSL).

Applications (short description of the collaborative project and estimation of expenses, approx. 500 words) should be sent to the OSL office by 16 November 2018 (OSL-fgw@uva.nl). The OSL Board will notify the recipients by Dec 10.

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

 

Calls for contributions

  • Session 1:  Literature and Law
  • Session 2: ‘ Tourism and Travel Culture’  – This session is planned as a roundtable discussion preceded by several presentations on companionship in travel writing. For more information please contact the convenor.
  • Session 3: Poetics of Knowledge
  • Session 4: Transgressing borders
  • Session 5: ‘Arts and the Public Sphere’: For inquiries regarding the format of the session, please contact the convenors (contact: j.d.van.amelsvoort@rug.nl)
  • Session 6: Memory resistance in times of crisis

 

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: Tourism and Travel Cultures (Convenor: Dr Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar)

Parallel Session 3: Research Group Poetics of Knowledge (Convenors: Dr Marieke Winkler, Dr Stephan Besser)

TBA
15:30-16:00Coffee BreakTBA
16:00-17:30Parallel Session 4: Research Group Transgressing Borders: Mediating & Negotiating Cultures (Convenor: Dr Petra Broomans, Prof. dr Mathijs Sanders,  Dr Jeanette den Toonder)

Parallel Session 5: Arts and the Public Sphere (Convenors: Prof. dr Laura Bieger, Dr. Thijs Lijster, Prof. dr Margriet van der Waal, Jesse van Amelsvoort)

Parallel Session 6: Memory and Resistance in Times of Crisis (Convenors: Dr Ksenia Robbe, Prof. dr Maria Boletsi, Dr. Kasia Mika).

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

 

 

LACE Winter School: Narrative Values, the Value of Narratives

University of Groningen
January 28 – February 1 

Since the narrative turn, the interest in the concept of narrative and its values has become widespread, both inside and outside the academy. There is a growing interest in narrative fiction as an ‘experimental values laboratory,’ studying both the value of narrative fiction in society and the values that are circulated through narrative fiction. Outside the academy, storytelling has become the focus of interest in many professional practices, such as psychology, counselling, medicine and health, and journalism, where it is used as a tool to piece together broken lives and make sense out of chaos and destruction. Narrative thus appears to be everywhere.

The Winter School, organized in affiliation with the Literature and Change in Europe (LACE) network, offers cutting-edge narratological research with contributions from leading narrative scholars, such as Jan Baetens (Leuven), Hendrik Skov Nielsen (Aarhus), Marina Grishakova (Tartu) and Liesbeth Korthals Altes (Groningen). In it, a broad array of disciplines and practices will be showcased, exploring how narratives are shaped by ethical, aesthetic, epistemological, and social values, and how narratives function as varied and complex transmitters of values in contemporary society.

Special attention will be paid to the ‘dark side’ of the omnipresence of storytelling in contemporary virtual and mediatized culture: on the impact of simple stories catching people’s imagination and spreading like wildfire and the use of stories in politics and marketing to manipulate voters and consumers. There is a need for “narrative savviness”: the ability to critically assess narratives as constructed representations of reality, rather than reality itself, and to be aware of their implies yet often hidden values.

Participants of the Winter School will follow a series of lectures and participate in interactive workshops during which they can present their research projects. Included in the programme is a day-long symposium, organized in honour of prof. dr. Korthals Altes and her contributions to the field of narrative, where additional international speakers will present their work and engage in a lively debate on the negotiation of values in and through narratives.

More information

Promotie – Anne Fleur van der Meer (Vrije Universiteit)

Ladders naar het licht

Depressie en intertekstualiteit in hedendaagse autobiografische literatuur

Datum: 27 September 2018, 11.45 stipt
Locatie: Aula, Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam (Hoofdgebouw)

Op donderdag 27 september 2018 om 11.45 precies zal Anne-Fleur van der Meer haar proefschrift Ladders naar het licht. Depressie en intertekstualiteit in hedendaagse autobiografische literatuur in het openbaar verdedigen in de aula van de Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam.

Sinds de tweede helft van de twintigste eeuw zijn er in Europa en de Verenigde Staten vele autobiografische werken gepubliceerd die handelen over wat in de internationale wetenschappelijke diagnostiek de “major depressive disorder” (MDD) wordt genoemd: een stemmingsstoornis waarbij symptomen kunnen horen als diepe neerslachtigheid, interesseverlies, angst, agitatie, (schuld)wanen, doodsgedachten en doodswensen. In haar proefschrift heeft Anne-Fleur van der Meer de (narratieve) strategieën van representatie geanalyseerd waarmee depressie in deze autobiografieën is verwoord. Daarbij heeft zij in het bijzonder studie gemaakt van de aard en de functie van intertekstualiteit.
Uitgangspunt van het proefschrift is de constatering dat in autobiografieën vele intertekstuele verwijzingen kunnen worden aangetroffen: het uitdrukken van particuliere ervaringen van psychopathologisch lijden is vervlochten met (in de eigen ervaring gegronde) reflecties op een breed conglomeraat van (zelfhulp)publicaties met een medische inhoud. Bovendien hebben de vertellers materiaal ontleend aan literaire teksten en speelfilms. Het proefschrift maakt de aard en functies van deze toe-eigening inzichtelijk door tendensen van identificatie en transformatie aan te wijzen die met de toe-eigening van literaire en medische bronnen gepaard gaan. Van der Meer demonstreert dat juist een studie van deze intertekstualiteit perspectieven biedt op de rol van autobiografische literatuur in de hedendaagse gezondheidscultuur.
Het onderzoek dat aan haar proefschrift ten grondslag ligt is gefinancierd door de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) in het kader van de subsidievorm Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen.

Zie ook: https://www.vu.nl/nl/nieuws-agenda/agenda/2018/jul-sep/27sep_a-van-der-meer.aspx

Promotie – Ryanne Keltjens (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Boekenvrienden

Bemiddelende kritiek in Nederlandse publiekstijdschriften in het interbellum

Datum: 04 oktober 2018, 16:15 uur
Promotors: dr. E.M.A. (Erica) van Boven, prof. dr. M.P.J. (Mathijs) Sanders
Locatie: Academiegebouw Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Ryanne Keltjens zal op 4 oktober haar proefschrift getiteld Boekenvrienden. Bemiddelende kritiek in Nederlandse publiekstijdschriften in het interbellum verdedigen.

Boekenvrienden gaat over drie mannen met een missie: Gerard van Eckeren, Roel Houwink en Anthonie Donker wilden zo veel mogelijk mensen laten kennismaken met ‘goede’ boeken. In de periode tussen de Eerste en de Tweede Wereldoorlog waren zij bekende literatuurcritici die een groot publiek wisten te bereiken via kranten, tijdschriften, de radio en het lezingencircuit. In hun boekbesprekingen gidsten zij de lezers door het literaire aanbod. Dit soort ‘bemiddelende kritiek’ staat in deze dissertatie centraal. Deze studie richt zich specifiek op hun werkzaamheden voor publiekstijdschriften als Den Gulden Winckel, Elsevier’s Geïllustreerd Maandschrift en Critisch Bulletin.

‘Bemiddelende kritiek’ past binnen een oudere traditie van volksopvoeding, maar kreeg in het interbellum een nieuwe impuls en een andere, moderne gedaante. In hun verschillende rollen van uitgever, redacteur, criticus en (radio)spreker experimenteerden deze critici met nieuwe vormen van literaire journalistiek, kanalen en rubrieken. Zij speelden daarbij in op actuele ontwikkelingen in de media, reclame en techniek en profiteerden van de nieuwe economische mogelijkheden die de groeiende boekenmarkt bood.

De drie bestudeerde critici blijken een gedeeld cultuurbemiddelingsideaal te koesteren, maar legden verschillende accenten. Zij waren het erover eens dat de literatuur een verheffende werking had voor individu én gemeenschap, en dat de literatuurkritiek bijdroeg aan de culturele vorming van het algemene publiek. Tegelijkertijd liepen hun taalgebruik, de benadering van de lezer en opvattingen over de literaire canon sterk uiteen, wat verband houdt met onderlinge verschillen in levensbeschouwelijke en sociale achtergrond. Bemiddelende kritiek is dus een veelkleurig fenomeen binnen de literaire cultuur van het interbellum.

 

 

OSL Training Programme 2018-19

In the academic year 2018-19, OSL offers the following courses and seminars for RMa students and PhD candidates:

  • Deleuze Seminar “Matters of Life and Death” (Sept 2018-May 2019; 2 or 5 EC); RMa/PhD)
  • Seminar “Perspectives on African Literature” (Oct-Dec 2018, 5 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Seminar “Postcolonial Remembrances: Violence and Identity in Literature and Film” (Nov 2018 – Jan 2019, 5 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Schrijfcursus voor geesteswetenschappers – Framen, schrappen en herschrijven (January 7-11, 3 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Ravenstein Seminar (Winter School) “Memory Studies and Materiality” (January 23-25, 5 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Seminar “Contemporary Debates in Life Writing” (March-April, 5 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Course “Computational Literary Studies” (April-May 2019, 3 or 6 EC; RMa/PhD)
  • Hermes Summer School “Passages” (May 20-23, Giessen/Germany; PhD)
  • Seminar “Naming the World: Realism Travels the Globe” (May-June, 5 EC; RMa/PhD)

Please find more specific course descriptions on our website! Registration for most events will open in September 2018. Workshops, masterclasses etc. will be announced during the academic year.

Seminar – Naming the World: Realism Travels the Globe

Location: Utrecht University, TBA
Teaching period: May-June 2019 (meetings on for May 24 and June 7, 14, 21, 28)
Instructor: Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar (University of Toronto)
Credits: 5 EC
Open to: RMA students and PhD candidates

Registration will open Fall 2018

When they first encountered novelistic realism, writers all over the world felt it encouraged a new kind of vision: an invitation to write about things that had never been written about in order to make people see those things as for the first time. Yet at the same time realism observes rules of verisimilitude that suggest the new can be understood in terms of the already known. These twin pulls, toward the new and towards the same, make realism’s great contradiction and, no doubt, its attraction.

We will examine the meaning realism acquired as it made its way around the world by looking first at two Western texts to suggest the history of realism—novels by Balzac and Updike—and then at six more realist novels from other traditions, that is, from Africa, India, and China.

The critical theory of realism is understandably focused on the nineteenth century British, French, and Russian novel. In this course we will examine whether what is said of realism by Hegel, Lukács, Auerbach, Barthes, Raymond Williams, Jameson,

Catherine Gallagher, Moretti and others is also true of realism in the 20th century elsewhere in the world. Realism is often associated historically with the bourgeoisie, the working class, liberalism, the Enlightenment, perspective in painting, the documentary impulse, the visual, the status quo, social activism, heteronormativity, and secularism. Does it retain those (contradictory) associations in, say, India or China? Realism appears to be the product of a particular time and place. What happens when it is found elsewhere at a later time?

 

Programme:

Session 1: Europe: Honoré de Balzac

Session 2: United States: John Updike

Session 3: China: Lu Xun, Eileen Chang

Session 4: South Asia: Anita Desai, Amit Chaudhuri

Session 5: Africa: Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie

 

Assignments:

  • Preparation of and active participation in the meetings
  • Final paper and brief presentation

Deleuze Seminar 2018-19 “Matters of Life and Death”

Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University
Teaching period: September 2018-May 2019 (see dates below)
Time: Tuesday afternoon, 13:00-16:00
Organisers: Prof. Rosi Braidotti & dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)
Credits: 2 or 5 EC
Registration: Open for RMa students and PhD candidates. RMa students and PhD candidates of Dutch universities have to register for this seminar via OSL, by sending an e-mail to osl-fgw@uva.nl. All other participants register directly via prof. Briadotti’s assistant: gw.braidottiass@uu.nl. In your registration please include a biographical note of up to 100 words in which you state your affiliation and motivation to participate in the seminar. Register before 7 September 2018.

 

Outline

The focus of this year’s seminar will be on Deleuze’s approach to death, pain and madness, under the combined influence of psychoanalysis, notably Melanie Klein, and the works of Maurice Blanchot and Spinoza. We will study and discuss the relationship between Deleuze’s neo-materialist, vital ethics of affirmation and its implications for complex issues around the lived experiences of pain, madness, resistance, suffering and dying. How does the neo-Spinozist notion of endurance foster the project of constructing an affirmative ethics? How can one live an affirmative ethical life and endure the pain?
Throughout his working life, Deleuze devoted spent a lot of time rethinking ‘ways to die’. This emphasis intensified towards the end of his life and was addressed explicitly in his final text. It is key to understand that Deleuze’s affirmative vitalism or his emphasis on life and joy does not mean that Deleuze’s thinking is about happiness or a search for a happy life. Enduring the pain, or living the wound, means, especially in our times, that we have to rethink issues like death, pain and madness thoroughly.
These issues are especially relevant for posthuman subjects situated between the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Sixth Extinction? In the brutal context of the Anthropocene and climate change, of rising populism, growing poverty and inequality? How does Deleuze’s ethics help us to deal affirmatively with these challenges?
To discuss these crucial issues in a balanced manner, the seminar will also look at some of the most common objections moved against affirmative ethics and try to assess them. It will also connect ideas like affirmation and endurance to the philosophical tradition of neo-stoicism, and to Deleuze’s re-reading of it.
Always starting from the active participation of all of its participants, this close reading seminar aims at making Deleuze’s ideas productive in many (unforeseen) aspects of academic research and artistic practice. This means we aim (jointly) to include your research projects in close reading. Thus, we find out how Deleuze’s take on death, madness, destruction, the Stoic tradition, the non-human and whatever we read in these texts, matters in the world today.

The seminar consists of nine sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2018-2019 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers.

Dates

  • 18 September 2018
  • 9 October 2018
  • 27 November 2018
  • 18 December 2018
  • 22 January 2019
  • 19 February 2019
  • 26 March 2019
  • 23 April 2019
  • 21 May 2019 (preliminary for now; Deleuze Symposium day)

Assignments

  • Attendance and active participation in at least 4 sessions and presentation during one of the sessions (2 EC)
  • Attendance and active participation in 5 sessions, presentation and paper of 2500 words (5 EC)

 

 

 

OSL Seminar – Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

Teaching period: March-April 2019 (5 meetings)
Location: University of Amsterdam, TBA
Instructors: Dr Babs Boter (VU Amsterdam) and Dr Marleen Rensen (UvA; course coordinator)
Credits: 5 EC
Open to: RMA students and PhD candidates, OSL members will have first access
Registration 

This course focuses on contemporary debates in life writing as a newly emerging field across disciplines. Life writing is an umbrella term for a wide range of writings about one’s own or someone else’s life, such as biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, bio-fiction and travel writing. In the course we will explore various life stories of men and women in the 20th and 21st centuries, who each had their own unique set of life experiences, beliefs and perceptions. This will help gain a richer understanding of how individuals move through, interact with, and are affected by the major events of their time — and how their lives are narrated, either by themselves or by others.

Participants will be asked to actively engage in the selection and discussion of case studies and readings; periods before the 20th century can be addressed as well. This will be done in the framework of the following five sessions:

 

Session 1: Life writing: art, science or ideology?

• Mapping the field
• Different disciplines and methodologies
• Hot debates in the field of life writing research

Session 2: Who deserves a ‘ life’, who is eligible to tell it —and how is it put to use by
historians, policymakers and activists?

• ‘Great men’ versus ordinary people
• The power of representation
• Cultural appropriation
• Claiming lost personal narratives of marginalized voices (e.g. women, postcolonial subjects and refugees)

Session 3: The biographer’s dilemma: how to deal with myths, taboos and secrets?

• Private versus public
• Tackling tall tales
• Deconstructing heroic stories
• Ethical issues
• The author’s own subject position

Session 4: What is the scope of the context: national versus transnational?

• Diaspora and migration
• Travelling subjects
• Intersections with race, class, gender
• Cross-cultural networks
• Circulation of life stories

Session 5: What are the effects of new media on practices of self-representation?

• Digital lives, blogs and vlogs
• Democratization and inclusion
• Youth cultures
• Agency and participation
• Creative writing

OSL Schrijfcursus voor geeteswetenschappers – Framen, schrappen en herschrijven

Datum: 7 – 11 januari 2019
Locatie: Universiteit Utrecht
Bestemd voor: Promovendi en RMa studenten, OSL leden hebben voorrang bij inschrijving
Voertaal: Nederlands
EC: 3 (aanwezigheid bij alle bijeenkomsten vereist)

Registratie 

Valorisatie wordt in de wetenschap steeds belangrijker. En dan gaat het er niet alleen over dat je onderzoek aansluiting vindt bij maatschappelijke thema’s, maar ook dat je aan het brede publiek duidelijk kunt maken waar het over gaat en wat er interessant aan is. In deze korte, intensieve schrijfcursus leer je in verschillende tekstgenres je onderzoek te presenteren. Hoe kun je in een opiniërende column de aansluiting zoeken bij de actualiteit? Welke offers moet je (niet) brengen wanneer je in de media komt of een boek schrijft voor een publieksuitgeverij? Hoe kun je je onderzoek ‘framen’? De cursus bestaat uit schrijfoefeningen en discussies.

Docent: Geert Buelens, hoogleraar Moderne Nederlandse Letterkunde Universiteit Utrecht en meermaals bekroond en vertaald essayist, columnist en schrijver van literaire non-fictie

Course – Computational Literary Studies

Teaching period: April – May 2019 (4 + 2 meetings)
Venue: University of Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofthuis – 4.22, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access
Organiser: prof. Karina van Dalen-Oskam (UvA)
ECTS: 3-6

Registration 

Scholars working in computational literary studies make use of computer software that helps them to analyze digital textual data. Software can support the exploration of a much larger amount of data in systematic ways than was possible before. In this course, students will get introduced to the most important current approaches in computational literary studies, ranging from the analysis of style and methods for the verification and attribution of authorship to various forms of ‘distant reading’ and discourse analysis.

The first part of the course (4 meetings) explores the new horizons and possibilities as well as the limitations of computational approaches in literary studies. Several computational tools will be demonstrated such as concordance software that can be used for discourse analytical approaches and specialized R-scripts for authorship attribution and stylistic analysis. The questions to be addressed in the first four sessions of the seminar include: How can different authors be distinguished from each other using computational tools? In which ways do their writing styles exactly differ? What are the options for computer-assisted discourse analysis? What kinds of reasoning and logic play a role when computational tools are applied and what are their epistemological implications? How can be evaluate the results of the new methods and techniques?

The second part of the course is optional and more practical. In two workshop-like meetings students will conduct small research projects of their own. In this way, they will learn to use the computational tools themselves and gain practical experience with their possibilities and limitations. The research projects can be devoted to the cases presented in the first part of the course but also be proposed by the students themselves.

Course objectives:

  • Students learn to employ empirical and computational methods in literary studies, including the selection of tools and the reflection on their possibilities and limitations.
  • Students get an overview of international discussions in the fields of computational literary studies and digital humanities and learn to relate their research to these debates.
  • Students learn to reflect on the relation of research questions and digital methods in literary studies.

Credits:

Students receive 3 EC for active participation (readings and small assignments) in the first four meetings and an additional 3 EC for participation in the workshops and the preparation of a final assignment (= paper of 3000 words)