OSL Symposium: ‘Genre and Gender Bending in Trans* Literature’

In this symposium we propose to examine the bending of gender and genre in recently published works of fiction written by trans* authors. The keynote lectures will present novel methodological frameworks and theoretical concepts for the analysis of such texts, allowing students to study their transcending character. During the panel round, several researchers in the Netherlands and beyond will be invited to talk about their current projects.

OSL Masterclass: ‘Literature/Comics Crossroads: Genres, Forms, Narratives’

The masterclass sets out to examine the notions of fiction, life-writing and historicity through the medium of comics. Literature has found its way into the form of comics in a range of ways, be it adaptations of literary works or non-fiction narratives using extracts from literary works as scaffolding for autobiographical experiences. By focusing on the latter, in this masterclass we will explore comics from different transnational contexts and examine the ways in which they engage literary fiction to tell their story. In doing so, we will address the questions: what can comics as a form of knowledge contribute to the ways in which we frame historical events, including their ruptures, continuities, and the ways they affect ‘ordinary lives’? What different roles does literary fiction assume in this process? What is at stake when representing difficult, contested historical moments? How do graphic narratives negotiate the tension between the documentary and the aesthetic? How do different media interact on the comics page?

OSL Skills Course: Computational Literary Studies

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.

OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

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.

OSL Schrijfcursus voor geesteswetenschappers: Framen, schrappen en herschrijven

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.

OSL Seminar ‘Queer Textual Politics’

In Tendencies, Sedgwick (2005) wrote, “[q]ueer is a continuing moment, movement, motive—recurrent, eddying, troublant. The word ‘queer’ itself means across—it comes from the Indo-European root -twerkw, which also yields the German quer (transverse), Latin torquere (to twist), English athwart” (p. viii). This seminar explores literature across different cultures, times, and spaces, emphasising Sedgwick’s concept of ‘across-ness’. It introduces foundational texts and theories related to gender and sexuality and provides new and critical perspectives on queer scholarship and activism. We aim to shed light on diverse and complex perspectives, particularly of the Global South.

OSL Workshop with Anne Boyer: ‘Autotheoretical approaches to writing illness and health’

OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist. Her most recent book, The Undying: Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction. She was also the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and winner of the 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry.

Online lecture by Prof. Marco Caracciolo: ‘Short Forms and Uncertain Times in Climate Change Fiction’

On December 12th, Prof. Marco Caracciolo (Ghent University) will give a hybrid lecture titled ‘Short Forms and Uncertain Times in Climate Change Fiction,’ as part of a conference on short fiction taking place at the University of Pisa. Prof. Caracciolo’s talk and the ensuing Q&A will be in English, and will be streamed online for OSL students; a Google Meet link will be shared with all registered participants closer to the date of the event.

Book presentation: “Remembering Transitions” by Ksenia Robbe & Pablo Valdivia 

Book presentation: "Remembering Transitions" by Ksenia Robbe & Pablo Valdivia 

21 November 2023 | University of Groningen – Jantina Tammeszaal
This volume offers critical perspectives on memories of political and socioeconomic ‘transitions’ that took place between the 1970s and 1990s across the globe and that inaugurated the end of the Cold War. The essays respond to a wealth of recent works of literature, film, theatre, and other media in different languages that rethink the transformations of those decades in light of present-day crises.