OSL PhD Day 2021: Full Programme

Online | 11 June 2021 

Date: June 11, 2021 | Time: 10.00-17.00 | Venue: Online | Open to: OSL PhD’s (NB: The event is also open to ReMA students and other members of the OSL community, although OSL PhDs will be given priority)

Registration is open


To all OSL PhD students: save the date!

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a date and two wonderful keynote speakers for our upcoming PhD Day on the theme “The Different Uses of Literature Today and Possible Futures for Literary Studies”. The PhD day will take place on 11 June 2021 and will consist of a full-day program.

The opening lecture will be given by dr. Merve Emre, who is based at Oxford University and is a frequent contributor of literary criticism to a.o. The New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Emre will share her analysis-in-progress of the current “post-discipline era,” in which the value of literature is partly or even mostly determined outside of literary criticism and scholarship.

Later in the day, dr. Sinan Çankaya will provide us with a second keynote lecture. Çankaya is a cultural anthropologist at Vrije Universiteit and has recently written Mijn ontelbare identiteiten (“My Countless Identities,” 2020), an autobiographical work of non-fiction about growing up as the child of immigrants in The Netherlands. He will share with us his experiences with extra-academic publishing.

In addition to these keynote speakers, we will give the floor to some of you, our own PhD students, to present your work in progress.


OSL PhD representatives:

Judith Jansma (University of Groningen)

Kim Schoof (Open University)



10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction

10:15-11:15 Keynote lecture Merve Emre (45 mins) + Q&A (15 mins)

11:15-11:45 Break

11:45-13:00 Panel session 1: Literature and the unseen: Societal change and literary activism 

  • Clara Vlessing: “Intersectionality in the Cultural Memory of Sylvia Pankhurst”
  • Anneloek Scholten: “Rethinking ‘Genre’: Local Colour in Constellation”
  • Andries Hiskes: “Present absences: reading for the reproduction of affect patterns in literary texts” 
  • Q&A + panel discussion (30 mins)

13:00-14:00 Break

14:00-15:15 Panel session 2: Going digital: Change within the field of literary studies

  • Elizabeth Pinilla Duarte: “Methodological approach to study Twitter narratives from a dynamic view”
  • Floor Buschenhenke & Lamyk Bekius: “Track Changes: Textual scholarship and the challenge of digital literary writing”
  • Q&A + panel discussion (30 mins)

15:15-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Keynote lecture Sinan Çankaya (45 mins) + Q&A (15 mins)

16:45-17:00 Closing remarks

17:00 Online drinks :)

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