Workshop ‘Performance Historiography: Examining Past Performances from a Present-day Perspective’

Ghent University | 12-13 September 2019

The interdisciplinary research groups THALIA and GEMS organise a workshop for early career researchers on the theme of performance historiography, considering theatre, music, rituals, religious processions, political demonstrations and other forms of performances in the past. Whereas the existing body of literature on such historical performances is rather anecdotal and tends to approach them through/as merely written sources, this workshop intends to consider them as experiences that are bodily and emotional events. We aim to explore how contemporary theory can help us understand their function in historical time and space.

Call for Papers UU Humanities Graduate Conference 2019

Utrecht | 11-12 April 2019

The next Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference will take place on 11 and 12 April 2019.
This annual conference is organized by and for research-oriented R(Ma) students and PhD candidates from all (sub)disciplines of the humanities from both Dutch research institutions and comparable research institutions abroad.
For this year’s edition What’s the Point?,  we invite contributions from R(Ma)’s and PhD’s from all these disciplines on the twinned issues of Impact and the Future of the Humanities. 

Registration Open Winter School “Imagining Southern Europe: Culture & Populism” 2019 (University of Groningen and University of Valencia)

18-22 February 2019 | Valencia | Spain

Southern European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece face common social, cultural and economic challenges. These challenges require profound analysis and evaluation. The central questions on which this Winter School will focus depart from the hypothesis that the 2008 financial crisis and its particular manifestation in Southern European countries has revealed historical processes of interrelation and interdependence in the region that have developed since Early Modernity.

The aim of the winter school is to analyse these processes based on cultural representations (through individual and collective imaginaries) of symbolic capital exchanges and power relationships. This edition central theme is culture and populism in Southern Europe.

Writing In, Writing Out: Historicizing Agency, Mobility and Positionality (Call for Papers: PhD Workshop, Åbo Akademi University)

25 April 2019 | Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

Call for Papers: PhD Workshop organised in conjunction with the Åbo Akademi’s annual seminar in the minority research taking place on April 25th. The annual seminar of the Åbo Akademi University minority research profile will explore histories and historiographies of minority positions. It will trace practices of exclusion and inclusion, agency and mobility through archives and the materialities of class, race, body, gender and religion. How, what and whose stories are being told and untold – and by whom? How can they be told otherwise?

Symposium ‘The Negotiation of Values in Narrative’

Groningen, 31 January 2019

The University of Groningen would like to invite you to the Symposium “The Negotiation of Values in Narrative,” which will be held on 31 January 2019 in the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Groningen. The Symposium is organised in honour of prof. dr. Liesbeth Korthals Altes, who will retire from the academy, and offers a platform to eminent scholars in the field of narrative.

Call for participants: CETRA Summer School 2019

19 – 30 Aug 2019 | University of Leuven, campus Antwerp, Belgium
In 1989 José Lambert created a special research program in Translation Studies at the University of Leuven in order to promote research training in the study of translational phenomena and to stimulate high-level research into the cultural functions of translation. Since then, this unique program has attracted talented PhD students, postdocs and young scholars who spend two weeks of research under the supervision of a team of prominent scholars, and under the supervision of the Chair Professor, an annually appointed expert in the field of Translation Studies.

Synergy conference 2019

7 February 2019
Synergy conference 2019 is a dynamic day full of insights, inspiration and interaction. From a 360-degree perspective, different angles on key topics impacting the SSH disciplines will be debated. In short: THINK360! One of the main conference topics is the impact of digitalisation on science and on our everyday lives.

2000ste gedicht aangemeld op Straatpoezie.nl

UTRECHT – Literatuurwetenschapper Kila van der Starre, verbonden aan de Universiteit Utrecht, heeft voor het eerst op grote schaal in kaart gebracht welke gedichten te lezen zijn in de openbare ruimte van Nederland en Vlaanderen. Met behulp van crowdsourcing is nu het 2000ste gedicht aangemeld op de door haar opgerichte site Straatpoezie.nl.

Call for Papers – Metamodernism

Deadline abstracts: 1 February 2019
Metamodernism registers how artists across different disciplines have recently responded to the ways in which postmodernism appears increasingly unable to account for recent developments in history and culture. Critics differ, however, in their response to this phenomenon, which can be roughly divided into two main perspectives. Tim Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker – working in the areas of fine art and cultural studies rather than literary criticism – propose that Metamodernism attempts to account for the emergence of a wider “structure of feeling” in the twenty-first century which responds to our historicity, bound up with the aftermaths of 9/11, the financial crash and austerity. David James and Urmila Seshagiri, on the other hand, present Metamodernism as a concept that explains the resurfacing, and reworking, of Modernism in contemporary fiction. This conference seeks to bring together the various strands in this debate by focusing on the question how Metamodernism, in the terminology of Vermeulen, Van den Akker and Alison Gibbons, upcycles “past styles, conventions and techniques.”

Call for papers: Beyond Boundaries. Authorship and Readership in Life Writing

24 and 25 October 2019 | Tilburg University
In ‘The Limits of Life Writing’ David McCooey (2017) argues that in life-writing studies, the concept of limits or boundaries plays a central role. Since the rise of auto/biography studies in the 1970s and 1980s critical attention has been paid to generic limits and the limits concerning the auto/biographical subject. With respect to the former, discussions have evolved in particular around the boundaries between literary and factual writing, and between verbal, graphic, audio-visual and digital forms of life writing. In regard to the latter, academics since the 1990s have given attention to the expansion of auto/biographical subjects previously marginalized, which has deepened, among other things, the cross-cultural understanding of experience and identity. This expansion of auto/biographical subjects, but also the rise of social media as a medium for life writing have contested the limits of selfhood.