OSL Research Groups: Literature, Law and Society

Our group aims to promote collaborative research revolving around the concept of innovation across Law and Literature (as well as the broader Humanities), with a particular but not exclusive focus on the following questions:
1) How can literary studies help us understand the dynamics of legal innovation, including the tension between tradition (authority) and deviation?
2) How can literature actively contribute to legal innovation and to the creation of new legal meaning (jurisgenesis, Cover 1983), with special regard to crucial areas such as human rights and animal rights?
3) How can we innovate Law and Literature as an interdiscipline, moving beyond the limits imposed by the distinction between Law as Literature, Law in Literature, and Law of Literature (Anker and Meyler 2017)?
Starting from March 2019, the group will hold trimonthly meetings to share ideas and provide a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration within and beyond OSL. If you are interested in joining the group’s activities, please send an email to the coordinators.

Coordinators: dr. Ted Laros (ted.laros@ou.nl), dr. David Napolitano (d.p.h.napolitano@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

Current members: mr. dr. Claudia Bouteligier (Rotterdam); prof. mr. dr. Jeanne Gaakeer (Rotterdam); dr. Alberto Godioli (Groningen); dr. Yasco Horsman (Leiden); prof. dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (Leiden/Rotterdam); Yuliia Khyzhniak (Groningen); dr. Ted Laros (Open Universiteit NL); dr. Marielle Matthee MA (Leiden); dr. Megan Milota (UMC Utrecht); dr. mr. David Napolitano (Leiden); Pauline Phoa LLM (Utrecht); dr. Anna Poletti (Utrecht); dr. Timo Slootweg (Leiden); mr. dr. drs. Iris van Domselaar (UvA Amsterdam); Tessa de Zeeuw MA (Leiden).

OSL Research Group: Tourism and Travel Cultures

OSL Research Group: Tourism and Travel Cultures

Description

There is a lot of research being done in the Low Countries concerning travel literature and the relationship between literature, travel, transnationalism and tourism. This group aims to bring together researchers and research groups to facilitate collaboration on a regular basis. Output has included a panel on life writing by women in colonial contexts during the 2018 ‘Narrative Matters’-conference and contributions to two OSL research days. All junior and senior scholars interested in the various cultural and literary dimensions of travel and tourism are invited to join the group.

Coordinator

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar (s.j.moenandar[at]rug.nl)

Participants

Babs Boter, Tom Sintobin, Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar et al.

Research day – Readings

  • Tom Sintobin (Radboud University): ‘“My ladies and my luggage were unloaded” Cyriel Buysse on the road with three women’
  • Babs Boter (Vrije Universiteit): “The Not So Solo Traveler: Mary Pos, Dutch Writer and Journalist”
  • Alan Moss (Radboud Universiteit: “Female Passengers and Female Voices in Early Modern Dutch Travelogues of Leasure Trips”

OSL Research Group: Cultural Memory

OSL Research Group: Cultural Memory

Description

Over the past two decades, the field of cultural memory studies has established itself internationally as an important and fertile area of inter- and multi-disciplinary research. Institutionalized through dedicated journals (Memory Studies was started in 2008), associations (Memory Studies Association was inaugurated in 2016) and standing committees (e.g. at MLA), with its own canon of theoreticians, the field has not only matured, but also grown and diversified. The members of this research group share an interest in recent developments in the rich and diverse field of cultural memory studies, and explore the material turn in memory studies, decolonial approaches to cultural memory, transnational memory, memory and life writing, etc.

The group’s activities include the organization of Ravenstein Seminar 2019, on the subject of materiality and memory.

The group welcomes new members. To get in touch please contact group coordinator prof. dr. Liedeke Plate.

Coordinator

Prof. dr Liedeke Plate (l.plate@let.ru.nl)

Participants

Anna Menyhért, Daný van Dam, Boris Noordenbos, Dennis Kersten, Yvonne Delhey, László Munteán, Brigitte Adriaensen et al.

OSL Research Group: Poetics of Knowlegde

Description

Knowledge and scientific imagination are inherently linked up with issues of form and representation. This insight has informed the work of literary scholars such as Gillian Beer and N. Katherine Hayles as well as research in the fields of science studies, discourse analysis and certain strands of new materialism (K. Barad et al.). The members of this research group share an interest in recent developments in these fields and, more specifically, in the ways in which literary texts relate to other discourses and forms of knowledge, the shifting boundaries between literature and science and the history of divergent epistemic cultures in various contexts and disciplines. The bi-monthly meetings of the group are devoted to the discussion of work in progress by the group members, key publications in the fields of interest and the planning of joint activities (symposia, conference panels etc.). Previous meetings have focused on topics such as environmental posthumanism & science fiction and economic discourses & Dutch literature. The group welcomes new members. To get in touch please contact group coordinator dr. Marieke Winkler.

Coordinator

Marieke Winkler (Marieke.winkler[at]ou.nl)

Participants

Saskia Pieters, Mary Kemperink, Stephan Besser, Marrigje Paijmans, Jolanda van Lee, Leonieke Vermeer, Anne Fleur van de Meer, Tom Idema, Lucas van der Deijl et al.