OSL PhD Day 2021: Save the Date!

Online or hybrid (exact schedule and format to be announced) | 11 June 2021


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. In the upcoming months we will send out a more elaborate invitation, but for the time being our message is the following: Please make sure to save the date – June 11th 2021!


OSL PhD representatives:

Judith Jansma (University of Groningen)

Kim Schoof (Open University)


Registration will open in February / March 2021 (the exact date will be announced via the OSL newsletter). NB: The event will also be open to ReMA students and other members of the OSL community, although OSL PhDs will be given priority.

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