OSL Seminar: Europe as Narrative

OSL Seminar: Europe as Narrative

Dates: Friday 1/11, 8/11, 15/11, 29/11, 6/12 from 1-4 pm. On Friday 13/12 there is an obligatory day-long excursion to the House of European History in Brussels. For this, a small individual financial contribution will be requested.
Venue: University of Amsterdam, room see below. On 13/12 we meet “on location” in Brussels.
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMA students; OSL members have first access. In case places are available, interested MA students are welcome to participate, but are not able to receive official credits for the course.
Format: Three-hour seminars, active discussion and participation
Credits: 5 EC
Registration will open on September 2

Organization
OSL – The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL@rug.nl)
Prof. Dr. Margriet van der Waal (m.c.van.der.waal@rug.nl)
Dr. Astrid Van Weyenberg (a.l.b.van.weyenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl)
For questions regarding content, please contact either Margriet or Astrid. For questions regarding practical matters, please contact the OSL office.

Content
As Delanty (1995) reminds us, Europe is more than a geo-political reality, it is also an idea
that is continuously reinvented as collective identities transform. In essence, ‘Europe’ is a signifier that different actors fill with competing narratives and meanings. But although the way in which Europe is given meaning has never been stable or unifold, in the contemporary political climate the debate about what and where ‘Europe’ is, and who Europeans are or should be, seems increasingly heated. In this debate two types of narratives about ‘Europe’ can be discerned, with some referring to Europe as a culture and as a civilization, and others primarily understanding Europe as a polity, de facto using it as a synonym for the EU. That these types of narratives can clash violently is clear, for example, from the populist rhetoric of politicians such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands or Victor Orban in Hungary.

In this seminar we will explore different narratives of/on/about Europe. For this, we will depart from a number of questions. Firstly, how are ideas about the past utilized, for example by constructing Europe as a teleological narrative with clear historical origins, or by rewriting history in order to serve a contemporary political agenda? Secondly, how do narratives of Europe function as a space of in- and exclusion, by formulating an ‘us’ in opposition to a range of specific and less specific ‘others’? Thirdly, what do narratives of Europe tell us about the way in which Europeans are perceived, either as a homogeneous group, or diversely as a social constitution of different identities that overlap or conflict? We will approach these questions by focusing on a number of concepts that are central to how Europe is narrated: heritage, citizenship, crisis, migration, and (trans)nationalism. In our discussions, we will engage with a selection of topical theoretical texts and we will close read different cultural objects that reflect, talk back, deconstruct and challenge specific narratives of Europe.

Study material and costs
See programme. All other reading material will be made freely available via OSL.

Assignments
1) Individual presentation (20%): students give a 15-minute presentation in which they connect the theoretical texts of that session to a cultural object of their own choice. This cultural object is made available to the other participants in advance.
2) Group presentation (20%): during our excursion to the HoEH in Brussels, students will be given a group assignment, resulting in a presentation at the end of that same day. Further instructions will be given during the first meeting.
3) Short paper of 2000 words (60%): in this paper students engage with at least one of the sessions (theoretical readings and discussion) and use this to close-read one cultural object of their choice (to be consulted with the lecturers). They are also required to further develop their own theoretical framework with additional theoretical sources. The paper needs to contain a well-formulated research question/problem statement, as well as a convincing motivation of the relevance of the research. It needs to be situated within a broader framework of existing scholarship and to present a relevant analysis and interpretation of primary material. The paper needs to be written in English and it needs to follow in all respects the current MLA guidelines (re. footnotes, bibliography, citation, format). Papers will be checked for plagiarism. In order to receive the credits for this seminar, students need a minimum grade of 5,5 for the paper.

Deadline paper (20/12 midnight): submit as word.doc file via e-mail to Margriet and Astrid, with a CC to the OSL office.

Preliminary programme
Session 1 (1/11): Introduction (Margriet van der Waal, Astrid Van Weyenberg)
Session 2 (8/11): Migration (Florian Lippert, University of Groningen)
Session 3 (15/11): Nationalism (Sabine Volk, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Session 4 (29/11): Crisis (Liesbeth Minnaard, Leiden University)
Session 5 (6/12): Citizenship (Margriet van der Waal, University of Groningen/University of Amsterdam)
Session 6 (13/12): Heritage (Astrid Van Weyenberg, Leiden University): Excursion to the House of European History in Brussels

Rooms
1/11 – University Library | Belle van Zuylenzaal
8/11 – University Library | Potgieterzaal
15/11 – REC-B |  BK.02
29/11 – University Library | Potgieterzaal
6/12 – University Library | Potgieterzaal
13/12 – House of European History in Brussels

 

OSL Research Day (11 October 2019, Groningen)

OSL Research Day

The fourth OSL Research Day will take place on October 11, 2019 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 2019 OSL Award, followed by a PhD Forum and a session on Research Funding. After a short lunch break, our special guest Prof. David Alworth (Harvard) will give a keynote lecture presenting his current research project on ‘Paratextual Art’.

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, European crises, literature and the region, literary prizes and cultural transfer, as well as arts and the public sphere. These sessions take 1.5 hour each, and are open to all researchers; they will take different shapes and forms, dependent upon the ideas of the organizers and participants (please see descriptions below).

Seed Money
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 15 November 2019 (osl@rug.nl). The OSL Board will notify the recipients by Dec 9.

Registration
Participants can register for the Research Day by sending an email to osl@rug.nl before 7 October 2019; please be aware that places are limited, and will be granted on a ‘first come first served’ basis. NB: Please indicate in your email in which sessions you would like to participate, including the parallel sessions in the afternoon.

The event will take place in the RUG University Library, Broerstraat 4, Groningen.

We look forward to meeting you all in Groningen on Oct 11!

Pablo Valdivia, Alberto Godioli, Judith Jansma, Camilla Sutherland, Florian Lippert, Elizabeth Pinilla and the OSL Board

 

TimeSessionVenue
10:00-10:15Coffee Reception-Welcome by Prof. dr Pablo Valdivia & Dr Alberto GodioliJantina Tammeszaal (University Library, Broerstraat 4, 4th floor)
10:15-10:30OSL AwardsJantina Tammeszaal
10:30-11:30PhD Forum (Judith Jansma, Elizabeth Pinilla, Clara Vlessing, Kim Schoof, Juan del Valle Rojas, Gonzalo Albornoz Barra — Chair: Dr Camilla Sutherland)Jantina Tammeszaal

 

11:30-12:00 Life Beyond ERC & NWO: Research Funding (Presentation: Gema Ocaña RUG Senior Advisor in European Affairs / Funding)Jantina Tammeszaal
12:00-13:00LunchUniversity Canteen, Academy Building
13:00-14:00Paratextual Art

Lecture by Prof. David Alworth (Chair: Dr. Marguérite Corporaal)

Jantina Tammeszaal

 

14:00-15:30Parallel Session 1: Research Group Literature, Law and Society (Convenors: Prof. dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, Tessa de Zeeuw, Dr Ted Laros and Dr Alberto Godioli)

 

Parallel Session 2: Literature and the Region: Transnational Perspectives (Convenors:
Dr Marguérite Corporaal & Dr Tom Sintobin)

 

Parallel Session 3: Roundtable on academic publishing (Convenor: Masja Horn, Brill)

 

Parallel Session 1 – Jantina Tammeszaal

 

Parallel Session 2 – Turftorenstraat, Room 12

 

Parallel Session 3 – Academy Building, Room A8

 

15:30-16:00Coffee BreakJantina Tammeszaal
16:00-17:30Parallel Session 4: Research Group Beyond Borders in Cultural Transfer, session on Literary Prizes and Cultural Transfer (Convenors Dr Petra Broomans, Prof. dr Mathijs Sanders, Dr Jeanette den Toonder)

Parallel Session 5: Arts and the Public Sphere: The Art of Criticism (Convenors: Prof. dr Margriet van der Waal and Dr Thijs Lijster)

Parallel Session 6: European Crises (Convenor: Dr Florian Lippert)

Parallel Session 4 – Jantina Tammeszaal

 

Parallel Session 5 – Harmony Building, Room 1315:0036

Parallel Session 6 – Academy Building, Room A7

17:30-18:00BreakJantina Tammeszaal
18:00-19:00Book presentation Dr Konstantin Mierau, Capturing the Pícaro in Words: Literary and Institutional Representations of Marginal Communities in Early Modern Madrid (Routledge, 2019).

Chair: Prof. dr Pablo Valdivia

Jantina Tammeszaal

Description of Parallel Sessions:

  1. Literature, Law and Society: Format = Introduction + open discussion; description available here
  2. Literature and the Region: Format = Invited speakers + open discussion; description available here
  3. Roundtable on academic publishing: Description: ‘At this publishing panel we like to discuss with you some challenges involved in academic publishing in the field of literary studies. Currently there are tensions created by 1) decrease in library budget for literary studies and an increasing pressure on academics to create output; 2) increased engagement with Open Access publishing in the humanities, but lack of funding supplied by universities in these areas to pay for the article or book publication charge; 3) decreased interest by librarians in collected volumes and theses (at times rightly so) though unwavering interest to propose these to a publisher in order to get tenure or connect with other researchers. Based on this we’ll offer you some pointers on what we consider a good (or bad) proposal, and will offer tips on how to write an academic title for your article or monograph. There will also be plenty of room to share your burning questions about academic publishing or to throw in topics for us to discuss from our points of view. We’ll be happy to share all you wish to know.’
  4. Literary Prizes and Cultural Transfer: Description available here (NB: the description also contains a call for papers; deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 September 2019)
  5. Arts and the Public Sphere: Format = Introduction + roundtable discussion; description available here
  6. European Crises: Format = invited speakers + open discussion; description available here

(‪Un)timely Crises in Europe and Beyond: Chronotopes and Critique‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

(‪Un)timely Crises

Dates: 17-18 October 2019 | Time: Oct 17 9.00 – 18.00 – Oct 18 10.00 – 17.00 | Venue: University of Amsterdam, exact location TBA | Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access | ECTS: 1, more details, see below | Registration opened on September 2, 2019

Please note that you can only register for the first day of the workshop via OSL (see below, Registration and Credits).

Organizers

Maria Boletsi (Leiden University and University of Amsterdam), Jeff Diamanti (University of Amsterdam), Natashe Lemos-Dekker (University of Amsterdam), Kasia Mika (University of Amsterdam), Ksenia Robbe (currently: Leiden University; from August 2019: University of Groningen)

Theme description

This 2-day workshop will probe contemporary crisis-scapes in order to explore the ways ‘crisis narratives’ structure experiences and representations of time and space, i.e., the ways ‘crisis’ as a framework, concept, rhetoric, affective or discursive structure forms or taps into specific chronotopes.

Historically, the term ‘crisis’ has denoted choice, decision, judgment or critique; it can signal a turning point but also a perpetual state without prospect of resolution. Discursive uses and experiences of ‘crisis’ may involve a sense of disconnection and disorientation, collapsing linear temporality. Crisis can also function as an immobilizing framework for regions deemed to be in chronic crisis. ‘Crisis’ in Europe and elsewhere today often becomes an instrument of rule in neoliberal governmentality, legitimizing ‘states of emergency’ that limit people’s rights and access to public space. Crisis-scapes, however, can also trigger a heightened awareness of the present and foster critical or creative practices that question received notions of the past, initiate different conceptions of history and futurity or form alternative communities and infrastructures.

By approaching crises as chronotopes—what Mikhail Bakhtin termed the enmeshing of temporal and spatial experience into a common condition of a given era—we seek to explore questions of crisis, time and space, as experienced, imagined and represented across a range of contexts, and particularly in Europe and its margins. Chronotopes of crisis partake in complex constellations of meanings, discourses, and affective structures that call for interdisciplinary engagement. The workshop will thus combine perspectives from literary and cultural studies with sociology, cultural anthropology, memory studies, migration studies, post- and decolonial studies, and the energy and environmental humanities, to consider how recent and contemporary crises—economic, environmental, social, political, humanitarian—trigger memories of earlier historical narratives, traumas or practices of resistance, and how they foster or foreclose specific visions of the future.

We are also interested in the ways alternative narratives—what Janet Roitman has called “noncrisis” narratives (2013)—that sidestep ‘crisis rhetoric’ may form alternative chronotopes in the present. Through exploring crises as chronotopes, the workshop also aims to revisit the relation of “crisis” with its cognate, critique, in order to ask which narratives or practices could effectively address problematic mobilizations of ‘crisis’ today and shape other, more inclusive, chronotopic structures. To that end, emphasis will be laid on literary narrativizations of ‘crisis’ as a means of disrupting or reconfiguring the chronotopic structures involved in contemporary crisis-scapes.

The workshop will thus ‘think through’ how the study of crises as chronotopes can take shape across diverse disciplinary contexts and critical debates (e.g., in the context of debt and economic crises; in rethinking infrastructures and repair; in (re)tracing and conceptualizing memory-scapes emerging in crisis-situations); and how crisis figures or disfigures the ongoing question mark about the fate of critique in a postcritical world.

The talks, discussion, and writing that will take place during the workshop will be organized around the following thematic streams:

  • Crisis Rhetoric and Alternative Grammars: Dominant representations of subjects of/in crisis (e.g. the tropes of the “victim” or “threatening agent” in the ‘migrant crisis’) often fall short of accounting for dispossessed individuals and their experiences. Which ‘grammars’ can help articulate alternative subjectivities and accounts of agency? Which expressive forms, narrative structures, and reading practices can articulate alternatives to the “slow cancellation of the future” (Berardi, Fisher) and disrupt restrictive or violent chronotopes of crisis?
  • Crisis and Memory: How are the periods of revolution and eventful socio-political transformation remembered in current times? This stream will address the ways in which 20th-century global historical junctures are recollected in political rhetoric, projects of memorialization, critical discourses, and artistic productions. It will explore the temporalities and cultural sensibilities shaped through these interpretations of turning points. How can past crises be imagined beyond narratives of traumatization which have spread globally, producing subject positions of victimhood and moral superiority? Which critical approaches to remembering crises could foster ‘redistribution of the sensible’?
  • Critique Under Duress: What is the role of critique and radical critical theory in times of crisis? Rather than decrying an ‘’end of theory’’, the theme aims to rigorously engage with the Frankfurt School, opening it up to the concerns of postcolonial, decolonial (Allen 2016), and environmental theory and its theorizations of the present in crisis. If critique aims to historicize the present, which periodizing schemes have helped bring the contemporary into relief, such as Ernst Mandel’s “late capitalism,” Elizabeth Povinelli’s “late liberalism,” or Eugene Stoermer and Paul Crutzen’s “the Anthropocene”? And which no longer bring descriptive or diagnostic weight to the structures of feeling folding in on the changing climate of crises (and crisis of climate) today? In this context, we will take up the task of trying to ‘think otherwise’ and challenge, in Ann Stoler’s gloss, some of the “ready-made concepts on which we rely and [the] work we call on them to do.” As such, the theme, among others, aims to work across meanings of duress (Stoler 2016)—as “a relation to a condition, a pressure exerted, a troubled condition borne in the body, a force exercised on muscles and mind”—and conceptualize what can critique be and do across shared, yet asynchronous, crises.
  • Chronic Crisis: This theme addresses instances where crisis becomes chronic. It asks how the duration and integration of the disruptive and the normal reorient our engagement with past, present, and future as it affects modes of anticipation, waiting, and endurance. Crisis and uncertainty can produce what Rebecca Bryant (2016) has termed the ‘uncanny present’, disrupting the possibility of imagining and acting upon the future. When and how do crises, including illness and economic and environmental crises, fade into chronicity and normality, and what futures does this enable or foreclose? How do we continue living in the face of chronic disruption and finitude?

Workshop format

The format for this event aims to facilitate collaboratively generated output. Instead of sharing finalized research in a traditional conference format, our primary aim is to establish key concepts, questions, and frames for interdisciplinary research on crisis across the humanities and social sciences. This will unfold across the following structures during the 2 days of the workshop:

Day One (October 17)

Plenary Talks and discussion; the program of Day 1 is open to a wide academic public. Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University); Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University); Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford); Oxana Timofeeva (European University in St. Petersburg).

Day Two (October 18)

This part of the workshop will involve the plenary speakers as well as a group of invited scholars that will form reading and writing groups. The main objective will be to start co-writing a prospectus on the present and future of crisis research, to be submitted to an open access journal. Format:

  1. Parallel reading & discussion groups on the 4 thematic streams
  2. Collaborative writing in break-off groups on the 4 thematic streams
  3. Reconvening: Conclusions and Next Steps

The reading groups on Day 2 will discuss selected pre-circulated articles and set the ground for moving to the writing groups with a shared sense of the major positions, debates, and findings brought together under each thematic heading.

In the second part of the day, the groups will engage in collaborative writing: each group will be asked to compose a document on each thematic stream. Each group will receive a set of common questions in advance to facilitate the writing and ensure the coherent structure of the final output (prospectus).

This workshop is sponsored by OSL and ASCA. It is organized by members of the following networks: the ASCA Cities project and its “Repairing Infrastructures” seminar, the ASCA research group “Crisis, Critique and Futurity,” the “Memory and Identity” reading group at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), and the “Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body” program group of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the UvA.

Registration and credits

The lectures on the first day of the workshop are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Research Ma students and Phd candidates who wish to earn 1 EC by participating in this workshop should register through OSL. Those who wish to attend the lectures without earning EC credits are welcome to do so and do not have to register through OSL. OSL members will have first access. NB: It is not possible to register for the second day of the workshop, which will only involve a smaller group of invited scholars. OSL RMA and PhD students can acquire 1 EC by:

  • Attending the first day of the workshop and participating actively in discussions
  • Reading a set of theoretical texts related to the workshop theme that will be circulated in advance
  • Writing a 600- to 800-word response to one of the discussion questions or topics that will be circulated in advance

 

A more detailed schedule will follow soon.

Download a poster of the event here.

OSL Course Creative Writing: ‘Poetics: A Practitioner’s Guide’

OSL Course Creative Writing

Dates: November-December 2019 (exact days, see below)
Venue: University of Groningen
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access
Organization: Dr David M. Ashford (University of Groningen)
Language: English
Credits: 5 ECTS
Speakers and instructors: TBC
Registration will open on September 2

Module Description

This course will introduce participants to poetic genres, forms and metres, enabling them to develop, or to expand upon their own practice, as creative writers. Participants will study poetry from a variety of traditions, in order to understand how poetic form is determined by its original context in performance, and by the information, musical and theatrical technologies necessary to that original performative context. Far from being arbitrary or inorganic restrictions upon individual creativity, poetic form will emerge as the response to a context in performance that may since have been lost; as something organic, evolving and (potentially) still very much alive. Over a series of seminars and creative writing workshops, featuring poets invited to reflect upon their own practice, participants will investigate how ancient poetics have been (and might be) adapted for the creation of contemporary poetries, being introduced to recent research on creative writing as an historical and a discursive phenomenon. In addition, participants will learn to use creative-writing techniques as a form of artistic research and as an element of their methodologies.

Module Aims

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyse, and enjoy poetry;
  • To introduce students to various critical and theoretical approaches to reading and studying poetry (i.e. poetics);
  • To examine key issues, terminologies, and historical contexts required for academic study of poetry;
  • To develop skills required for the critical analysis of, and creative engagement with, poetic language, imagery, and form.

Learning Outcomes

  • A detailed knowledge of the formal elements of poetry;
  • A detailed knowledge of the relevant historical performative context;
  • An ability to research, interpret, analyse and evaluate poetry;
  • An ability to apply insights gained from the course to the creation of new poetry.

Teaching Programme

Week 1 — EPIC (6 November 2019)
A revisionist account of epic, considering the genre as a response to ancient forms of information technology; to be followed by a workshop exploring how this insight might inform contemporary creative-writing.

Week 2 — LYRIC (13 November 2019)
A introduction to poetic forms, considering these in relation to their original performance context in song, and the ancient musical technology associated with particular forms; — exploring in a workshop how one might adapt and reinvigorate those forms in the present.

Week 3 — DRAMA (20 November 2019)
An introduction to poetic drama – from the Ancient Greek, Medieval English, Indian and Japanese traditions; to be followed by a workshop exploring how poetic drama has been (and might be) adapted for contemporary western audiences.

Week 4 — ACCENT (4 December 2019)
A revisionist account of metre in English, exploring the history of accentual or stress-based metre, its original context in Anglo-Saxon Britain, its demise following the introduction of Classical quantitive metres, and its resurgence over the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries; with a workshop considering its most vibrant contemporary manifestations (i.e. hip-hop) and its future potential.

Week 5 — IDEOGRAM (11 December 2019)
An introduction to imagery, consisting chiefly of an overview on the history of the translation (or rather mis-translation) of Chinese and Japanese poetry into English, tracing its formative impact on Imagism and thus on Modernist poetry in general; to be followed by a workshop exploring the creative possibilities of techniques such as Dadaist “cut ups”, machinegenerated translation, and Kathy Acker’s “recriture feminine”.

Module Assessment

1. Creative Portfolio (50%)
Prior to each session, students will produce a short piece of creative writing relating to that week’s reading material (no more than 500 words). Specific instructions for these assignments will be provided separately. At the end of the module, each student will collect their creative-writing assignments into a portfolio.

2. Reflective Essay (50%)
You will finish the course by writing a paper of 2500 words (excl. notes and bibliography) in which you give evidence of the capacity to comprehend and reflect critically both on the reading material and on seminar discussions. In this paper, you will analyse a poetic text and research a topic we considered in class that is relevant to your own poetic practice (in one of the poems in the creative portfolio). You are expected to engage with literature explored in class, and to make use of additional sources. Students must have a research question they attempt to answer, and one central thesis statement they set out to substantiate. You will submit a proposal for the essay prior to the last session (no more than 100 words) and receive feedback on that proposal within one week.

STUDIEDAG Stichting Psychoanalyse en CULTUUR

Psychoanalyse en Cultuur

De tijd hangt uit zijn naad, Hamlet en de psychoanalyse

5 oktober  2019
Leiden, Cleveringaplaats 1 (LIPSIUSGEBOUW),  zaal 005

Entreeprijs  40 euro (studenten op vertoon van collegekaart 25 euro) all-in.
OSL Promovendi en RMa studenten hoeven geen entree te betalen | OSL Promovendi en RMa studenten kunnen zich aanmelden via osl@rug.nl

Meer informatie over de registratie, zie onderaan dit bericht.

PROGRAMMA
dagvoorzitter : Sjef Houppermans

10.00-10.30  Inloop met koffie/thee (koffiebar UB)

10.30 – 11.15  Bart Vieveen: De ‘Hamlet-constellatie’

11.15 – 12.00  Marc de Kesel: To be or not to be the phallus: over Lacans Hamlet-interpretatie

12.00 – 12.30 Annelies van Hees: De Scandinavische ‘wortels’ van Hamlet

12.30 – 13.00  Vragen / discussie

13.00-14.30  LUNCH (ter plaatse, inbegrepen)

14.30 – 15.15 Yasco Horsman: De Hamlet-figuur in diverse genres

15.15- 16.15  Tom Lanoye: Vraaggesprek met Peter Verstraten

16.15-16.45   Discussie met publiek

16.45- 17.30  BORREL

18.00- 20.00  Diner voor genodigden (sprekers en bestuur)

Over de sprekers en hun bijdrage

Tom Lanoye

De carrière van de in Sint-Niklaas geboren Tom Lanoye omspant zo’n veertig jaar. Hij schrijft poëzie, romans, columns, kritieken, essays en toneelstukken. Zijn werk is veelvuldig bekroond, en met name de roman Sprakeloos was een publieksfavoriet. Behalve oorspronkelijke theaterstukken maakt hij ook toneelbewerkingen van o.a. Tsjechov, Marlowe, Shakespeare. Zijn Ten oorlog (1997) werd verkozen tot meest belangwekkende stuk uit de Nederlandstalige theaterliteratuur. Hamlet versus Hamlet (2014) zal centraal staan in een gesprek met Peter Verstraten, opleidingsvoorzitter van Film- en Literatuurwetenschap aan de Universiteit Leiden.

Annelies van Hees

Hamlet was er al voor Shakespeare

Lang voor Shakespeare was er al een Hamlet (of Amleth) in Scandinavië, allereerst in de IJslandse Hrolf Saga, in de proza Edda van Snorri en later, in de 12e eeuw in het werk van de Deense historicus Saxo, de Gesta Danorum. Er wordt gekeken naar hoe verschillend of gelijk deze Amleth is aan de latere van Shakespeare.

Annelies van Hees was gedurende haar werkzame leven Hoofddocent Scandinavische Letterkunde aan de UvA, waar zij met psychoanalytische blik naar de literatuur keek. Zij maakt deel uit van het bestuur van de Stichting Psychoanalyse en Cultuur. Tegenwoordig houdt zij zich vooral bezig met vertalen van de Deense klassieken.

Bart Vieveen

Van oedipuscomplex naar hamletconstellatie: de teloorgang van de vaderrol.

In de toneeltekst Hamlet versus Hamlet, van Tom Lanoye spreekt Hamlet de volgende woorden:

De tijd hangt uit zijn naad. Vervloekte kwelling,
Dat jij degeen bent die hem moet herstellen!

Lanoye geeft Shakespeares quote ‘The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!’ niet alleen een volwaardig Nederlands equivalent, hij geeft Hamlet ook een ander perspectief. Hamlets subjectpositie is bij Lanoye een andere dan bij Shakespeare door een wezenlijke verandering van de vaderrol in de betekenisconstructie. Die verandering duidt Bart Vieveen aan de hand van de ‘hamletconstellatie’.

Bart Vieveen verdedigde in mei 2019 in Leiden met succes zijn proefschrift Kortsluiting in het symbolische: Hamlet, Katadreuffe en Van Egters verkennen de grenzen van het bedreigde Vader-land. Hij studeerde Nederlands en Theaterwetenschap en werkte onder meer bij het Ro-theater. Momenteel is hij rector/bestuurder bij het Stedelijk Gymnasium in Leiden.

Marc De Kesel

To be or not to be the phallus: over Lacans Hamlet-interpretatie.

In zijn zesde seminarie, Le désir et son interprétation (1958-1959) voltooit Lacan voor een eerste keer zijn psychoanalytische theorie van het subject. Daarin spendeert hij acht lessen aan een close-reading van Shakespeares Hamlet. Dit commentaar is cruciaal in de vorming van zijn theorie. Marc De Kesel doet een poging dit commentaar helder uit te leggen en het belang ervan voor de psychoanalytische praktijk aan te tonen.

Marc De Kesel publiceerde over religie- en mystiektheorie, holocaustreceptie, lacaniaanse theorie en kunst- & cultuurkritiek. Recent verscheen van hem Het Münchhausenparadigma. Waarom Freud en Lacan ertoe doen (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2019). Website: https://marcdekesel.weebly.com/.

Yasco Horsman

Strips, Crypts, Spoken (Hamlet, Haddock, Vladek)

Met ‘The Phantom of Hamlet: or the Sixth Act’ (1975) schreef psychoanalyticus Nicolas Abraham een act die volgens hem zou moeten worden toegevoegd aan het stuk van Shakespeare, waarin het familiegeheim onthuld wordt dat de Deense prins bespookt. Deze apocriefe act en Abrahams notie van het ‘familiegeheim’ zijn het startpunt voor een analyse van spookvaders in drie strips: het tweeluik Kuifje en het Geheim van de Eenhoorn en De Schat van Scharlaken Rackham (Herge, 1943, 1944), waar Haddock geconfronteerd wordt met een voorouder, en de autobiografische grafische romans Maus (Spiegelman, 1989), Kraut (Pontiac, 2000) en Fun Home (Bechdel 2006) waarin telkens een onverteerbare erfenis van een vader centraal staat.

Yasco Horsman, Universitair Docent Film- en Literatuurwetenschap publiceerde over trauma, recht en psychoanalyse (Theaters of Justice: Staging, Judging and Working Through in Arendt, Brecht and Delbo (Stanford University Press 2010), over literatuur (Coetzee, Kafka, Brecht), Cinema (Resnais, Eisenstein), Strips (Spiegelman, Ware) en animatie (Disney).

Dr. Sjef Houppermans is emeritus universitair hoofddocent Moderne Franse Literatuur aan de Universiteit Leiden en voorzitter van de Stichting Psychoanalyse en Cultuur

Voor informatie over de stichting zie : www.stichtingpsychoanalyseencultuur.eu

Entreeprijs  40 euro (studenten op vertoon van collegekaart 25 euro) all-in.
OSL Promovendi en RMa studenten hoeven geen entree te betalen.

Men dient zich op te geven vóór 20 september bij dr. Daan Rutten (penningmeester)
Via het adres ruttendr@gmail.com
OSL Promovendi en RMa studenten kunnen zich aanmelden via osl@rug.nl

De inschrijving is definitief na het ontvangen van de entreeprijs, over te maken op

rekeningnummer IBAN NL77INGB0007583937   BIC  INGBNL2A
op naam van Stichting Psychoanalyse en Cultuur

Tijdens de studiedag zijn onze publicaties te koop waarvan nieuw:

WONEN OP DRIFT

Psychoanalyse en architectuur –  uitgeverij GARANT

Red. Trees Traversier, Sjef Houppermans, Marc De Kesel  (nr. 11)

Als ook Bart Vieveen, De hamletconstellatie  (nr. 12)

 

Eerder verschenen in de reeks Psychoanalyse en Cultuur bij Garant

Nr. 1: P. Verstraten, M. De Kesel & S. Houppermans (Red.) Spreken, zwijgen, … schrijven. Psychoanalyse en taal

Nr. 2: M. Kinet, M. De Kesel & S. Houppermans (Red.) Het nieuwe onbehagen in de cultuur

Nr. 3: S. Houppermans, M. Kinet & M. De Kesel (Red.) De bedrieger bedrogen. Dromen in psychoanalyse en cultuur

Nr. 4: M. Kinet, M. De Kesel & S. Houppermans (Red.) For your pleasure? Psychoanalyse over esthetisch genot

Nr. 5: S. Houppermans, J. de Kroon & P. Verstraten (Red.) Psychose en de kunsten

Nr. 6: M. Kinet, K. Vuylsteke Vanfleteren & S. Houppermans (Red.) Als het lichaam spreekt

Nr. 7: P. Verstraten & S. Houppermans (Red.) Oedipus heerst!?

Nr. 8: M. Kinet, T. Traversier & S. Houppermans (Red.) Dwingende vrijheid

Nr. 9: P. Verstraten & S. Houppermans (Red.) Oog om oog. Psychoanalyse en tv-series

Nr. 10: M. Groen & P. Kuijpers (Red.) Woorden breken. Het demografisch tekort

 

 

 

OSL Workshop: Cultural Branding

Cultural Branding

Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 13.30-16.30
Venue: Utrecht University, Drift 21 0.03
Instructors: Dr Helleke van den Braber and Prof. Dr Jos Joosten (Radboud University)
Organizer: Dr Jeroen Dera (Radboud University)
Credits: 1 EC
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access
Registration will open on September 2

‘Brands prefigure our experience of products’, notes Michael Bhaskar in his study The Content Machine. Towards a Theory of Publishing from the Printing Press to the Digital Network (2013). Bhaskar’s words are in line with one of the central premises of marketing theory, which conceptualizes ‘brands’ as trademarks that identify a product and differentiate it from its competitors. In the field of literary studies, however, the process of branding has hitherto gained little academic discussion. Yet literary authors and the texts they produce are constantly ‘branded’: from the early modern period onwards, they have been both the object and the initiator of a complex marketing process.

This workshop, then, will provide analytical tools to study the branding of literature. Drawing on the work of – amongst others – Clayton Childress, Philippe Mihailovich and Karl Moore, literary branding is defined as an interactive process in which producers (e.g. authors, publishers, literary agents), distributors (e.g. book traders, librarians) and consumers (e.g. critics, teachers, readers) construe a set of regimented associations with an author, oeuvre or literary text. This set of associations can be analyzed as a dynamic and constantly metamorphosing narrative about the branded author or text. In the workshop, we will discuss and analyse aspects of the ‘sets of associatons’ construed around national and international literary brands, with special emphasis on
1. the processes of inclusion and exclusion central to the branding process
2. the way these processes shape narratives about national literatures.

More details on readings and assignments will follow soon.

Ravenstein Seminar (Winter School 2020): War, Literature and Law

Ravenstein Seminar

Dates: 23-25 January 2020
Venue: Leiden University
Open to:PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access
Credits: 5 EC
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Frans Willem Korsten (Leiden University), Dr Ted Laros (Open University), Mariëlle Matthee (Leiden University)

Registration will open Fall 2019

Wars come in many forms: in the archaic form of the battlefield confrontation between opposing armies, in civil wars, in wars between the state and revolutionary factions, but also, more recently, in the metaphorically indicated but still very real forms of the ‘war on drugs’ and the ‘war on terror’. We are surrounded daily by newsreports on cyberwarfare and ecological warfare. War may be one of the worst horrors human beings can go through, yet they also keep on faring it, which must imply that they somehow, perversely, also desire it.

In this OSL winter school we aim to focus on current and historical instances of warfare, from the contemporary to the distant past, and on a wide range of violent conflicts such as the ones named above. All of them has been thematised in literature – and ‘literature’ is also a synecdoche here for all forms of art, like cinema, comics, paintings, songs, plays, and so forth. This holds, then, from Tolstoj’s epic War and Peace to Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen, from Isabel Allende’s historical novel Portrait in Sepia to Tupac’s song Changes, or from Chibundu Onuzo’s novel Welcome to Lagos to Matthew Heineman’s documentary City of Ghosts. As most works of art testify, wars are always fought in close proximity to law, as all acts of war form a provocation to the operation of law, either because ‘normal life’ and the rule of law have been disrupted or because martial law only covers certain forms of warfare. Or because the laws on war crimes are considered, ironically, as ‘soft law’. At the same time it needs to be acknowledged that many forms of war have been legally underpinned, or made possible by law.

Literature has been the instrument that helped people sustain war (as Primo Levi testified) or that was a major vehicle for the call for justice (as in the work of Antjie Krog). At the same time there is much art that promotes war (Marinetti’s horrifying manifest), or motivates it (Kipling’s “White man’s burden”). Law may be the last stronghold people hold on to in times of violence (as happens wherever people keep on registering what happened with an eye to future justice), or may instead itself be the instrument of violence (as perhaps too many examples illustrate). Our aim in this winter school is to investigate the forcefields and dynamics that exist between the two fields, literature and law, as they intersect in making sense of, or in their trying to govern the phenomenon of war.

We invite ResMa students and PhD students to participate in this winter school by means of a focused paper and active participation during the three day gatherings. We invite historical studies as well as conceptual reflections, we invite scholars coming from the legal side and those coming from the humanities. Our aim is to make the different disciplines talk to one another and to have a broad scope of reflections on the dynamics described above.

The first day of our meeting will consist in theoretical explorations of the concepts at stake and in focusing on the papers produced by the participants. The papers will be central in the next two mornings as well. In the two
afternoons we will have four speakers giving two key note lectures per day.

Our first confirmed speaker is:

Prof. dr. Richard H. Weisberg
Richard H. Weisberg is the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law.
He was an Obama appointee to the Commission on the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Professor Weisberg has helped litigate successfully in American federal courts on behalf of Holocaust survivors and their heirs, providing a measure of justice for World War II victims of anti-Semitism. President Nicholas Sarkozy of France awarded him the Legion of Honor in 2008. The founding director at Cardozo of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, he writes widely in those areas, including his book Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France and essays on First Amendment developments in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a pioneer in the growing law and literature movement worldwide, and his books
The Failure of the Word and Poethics have been widely translated. In 2014, he published In Praise of Intransigence: The Perils of Flexibility (Oxford University Press).

A complete programme will be available soon.

OSL Schrijfcursus voor geeteswetenschappers – Framen, schrappen en herschrijven  

Framen, schrappen en herschrijven

Data: Januari 2020 (4 sessions)
Locatie: Universiteit Utrecht , TBA
Credits: 3
Bestemd voor: Promovendi and RMa Studenten, OSL leden hebben voorrang bij inschrijving

Registratie opent in oktober 2019

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.

Meer informatie volgt zsm.

 

Conference: Stranger Things: Rethinking Defamiliarization in Literature and Visual Culture

Conference Stranger Things

Dates: 12-13 December 2019
Venue: Amsterdam, NIAS
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMa Students, OSL members will have first access
Credits: 1-2 EC (depending on attending 1 or 2 days)
Organizers: Dr Nilgun Bayraktar (California College of the Arts; NIAS) and Dr Alberto Godioli (University of Groningen)
Registration will open October 2019
Please specify which day(s) you want to attend when you register.

The notion of defamiliarization is strikingly undertheorized; in order to find a systematic reflection on the topic, we need to go back to the Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky’s work on ostranenie in literature in the early 20th century or to German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s theorization of Verfremdungseffekt in the 1930s to describe theatrical devices that break audiences’ passive absorption in theatrical illusion.

Defamiliarizing practices today play a key role in contemporary artworks engaging with highly topical issues, such as migration, climate change or the rise of right-wing populist discourses. Whether we are dealing with retro-futuristic dystopias, films breaking the fourth wall, or darkly humorous cartoons, defamiliarization can be an effective tool for political activation – one based on formal innovation, rather than on content or on superficial emotional engagement.

But how exactly can we distinguish between different forms of defamiliarization? How can we investigate its effects on the reader/viewer? How does defamiliarization relate to neighboring notions such as the weird, the eerie, or the uncanny? During this two-day conference, 12 scholars working on defamiliarization across media will tackle these questions. The conference will also feature a panel with 2 artists whose work addresses these issues.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Caroline Levine (Cornell University; Skype lecture and debate) and Prof. Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University).

More details and a complete programme will follow soon

OSL Course: Literature Between the State and the Market

Literature Between the State and the Market

Dates: April – May 2020 (4 sessions)
Venue: Utrecht University
Open to: RMA students and PhD candidates, OSL members will have first access
Credits: 3EC
Coordinator: Dr Laurens Ham (Utrecht University)
Registration will open Fall 2019

In 2015, the American magazine The Atlantic proclaimed ‘the death of the artist – and the birth of the creative entrepeneur’. The discourse on literary authorship has indeed changed over the past fifty years: the representation of the author as a solitary genius seems more outdated than ever, now that writers are often presented as competitors in a literary market. While the marketization of literature proceeded, governments became interested in ‘cultural entrepeneurship’ as well. What is the place of literature, and of the literary author, in these changing fields of power and the economy? Do authors have to fear this ‘heteronomization’, or does it also offer opportunities for their cultural and political impact? In this course, we discuss insights from cultural sociology, cultural policy studies, and literary studies about the place of literature between the state and the market.

More details will follow soon