Conference Urban Lives: Amsterdam Diaries and Other Stories of the Self 

Conference Urban Lives: Amsterdam Diaries and Other Stories of the Self 

University of Amsterdam, 26 – 28 October 2023
In October 2025, Amsterdam will celebrate its 750th anniversary. In light of this upcoming celebration, two of the city’s institutes of higher education, the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, are inviting academics, artists, and others to share their research and knowledge on one particular topic: Amsterdam diaries and other stories of the self.

OSL Seminar: ‘Forms of Postcolonial and Postsocialist Time: Eternal Presents and Resurfacing Futures’ 

‘Forms of Postcolonial and Postsocialist Time: Eternal Presents and Resurfacing Futures’

Groningen & Amsterdam, November – December 2023.
This course addresses the ways in which literature and art, in their generic capacity for multi-perspective representation, reimagine place and agency within the eternal present inaugurated by the end of the Cold War at the turn of the 1990s. This global discourse of contemporaneity was meant to deconstruct the linear progressive time of modernity that dominated the 20th century.

International Blended Seminar: ‘War in European Memory’

International Blended Learning Seminar: War in European Memory

16 October – 15 December 2023 | Online + onsite workshop
This international MA seminar with participants from Lucerne, Paris, Cologne, Berlin,
Nijmegen, and Warsaw focuses on the analysis of practices and narratives of memory in
Europe with regard to war. The construction, public usage – politics of history –
contestation, and transformation of memory of wars over time will be approached by fusing
concepts of memory studies and public history, focusing on different agents in the public
sphere, especially museums, commemoration sites, monuments, art, and the media (including
social media).

Ravenstein Winter School: ‘Sustainability and Literature’

Ravenstein Winter School: 'Sustainability and Literature’

17-19 January 2024 | University of Amsterdam
“Sustainability” is one of the central concepts of our age. While the term is so ubiquitous in virtually all areas of life – a Google search yields close to three and a half billion hits for the term, more than “freedom” or “democracy” – its rise in dominance is a fairly recent phenomenon. The pervasiveness of sustainability discourse suggests that we are now living through a major socio-economic transformation, comparable to the agricultural and industrial revolutions. But the concept’s popularity also raises many questions and concerns about the who and the what of sustainability.

OSL Awards 2023

OSL Awards

The call for the 2023 OSL Awards is now open! Just like last year, the awards consist of five categories: ‘published scholarly book’, ‘published article’, ‘PhD dissertation’, ‘ReMA thesis’ and ‘valorization‘. The Awards are intended to acknowledge original and innovative contributions to the field of literary studies and to highlight the work of talented OSL […]

Hermes Summer School ‘Narrating Degrowth and Sustainability: Cultural Imaginaries and the 4th Industrial Revolution’

Utrecht, 10-14 June 2024 | Summer School of the Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies Description Cultural Narratives are symbolic matrixes in the making that orientate behavior, world-views, affects, social engineering, and practices (Kuipers 2019; Valdivia 2017, 2019). Literature and cultural symbolic products (fiction, poetry, music, transmedia, theater, amongst others) are privileged sources of […]

OSL Academic Programme 2023-2024

The first overview of the OSL academic programme for 2023-2024 is now available! For most of the activities taking place in Semester 1, registration will open in late August or early September 2023 (the exact dates will be announced on the website and in our August newsletter). If you have any questions, you are welcome to send an email to