OSL Research Day: Keynotes and Call for Panels

Groningen | 8 October 2021, 10:00-18:00 [NB: The event is planned as hybrid, but will move online if necessary]

After skipping one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the OSL Research Day is back, and will take place in Groningen on 8 October 2021! The Research Day aims to celebrate and cultivate OSL’s sense of community, and hopes to stimulate more collaboration between literary scholars and existing research groups in the Netherlands. While literature is our primary focus, we explicitly encourage multidisciplinary research.

As usual, the event will feature plenary sessions for all participants, as well as parallel sessions in which OSL members can present their research. Please find more information below:

  • Plenary sessions. The full content of these sessions will be announced at a later stage. For the time being, we are delighted to announce that our keynote session will consist of a roundtable focusing on two forthcoming publications: The Cambridge History of World Literature (ed. by Debjani Ganguly, Cambridge University Press) and Literature: A World History (ed. by David Damrosch et al., Blackwell). Our confirmed speakers include Professors Debjani Ganguly (University of Virginia), David Damrosch (Harvard University) and Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University).
  • Parallel sessions. Groups of OSL members are welcome to propose 90-minute sessions focusing on a shared research topic or perspective. Examples from previous Research Days include panels on ‘Literature, Law and Society’, ‘Literature and the Region’, and ‘The Art of Criticism’. The format of the session may vary — e.g. traditional conference panel, roundtable focusing on a chosen topic or publication, or short pitches followed by an open discussion. If you are interested in proposing a session, please email osl@rug.nl with an indicative outline (and names of participants) by Friday 3 September 2021, end of day.


Registration for the Research Day will open in September 2021. Meanwhile, please feel free to email us (osl@rug.nl) if you have any questions.