As you may have already seen through the newsletter or on the website, the 2021 OSL PhD day will take place on 11 June 2021. The day’s theme will be “The Different Uses of Literature Today and Possible Futures for Literary Studies”, and the two keynote lectures will be given by dr. Merve Emre and dr. Sinan Çankaya. In between Emre’s morning keynote lecture and Çankaya’s afternoon keynote lecture, the PhD day program will contain two panel sessions, each consisting of three fifteen-minute presentat
The first panel session will loosely revolve around the theme of “Change within the field of Literary Studies”. Issues related to this theme would for example be new methods or new objects of study, digital research methods or digital objects of study, and relatively new sub-fields of literary studies such as ecocriticism and climate literature, affect studies, and multilingualism.
The second panel session will engage with the theme of “Societal change and literary activism”. Issues related to this theme would for example be the literary representation or cultural memory of activism, literary genres that could be considered activist such as utopian or dystopian novels, emancipation as addressed in objects of literary scholarship, and empirical approaches to the role of literature in society.
We warmly invite you all to consider presenting either a published paper or your work in progress in one of the panel sessions during the 2021 PhD day!