Mainz, Germany | 28 June – 23 July 2021 | The program will move online if necessary
Since 2019, OSL is a member of the Institute for World Literature (IWL). The IWL is directed by David Damrosch (Harvard), and has several affiliated institutions all over the world; OSL is the only member institution for the Netherlands.
Every summer, IWL organizes a four-week program at one of its associated venues, featuring an outstanding line-up of leading scholars in comparative literature. In 2021, the IWL program is scheduled to take place in Mainz, from June 28th to July 23rd, although it will move online if necessary. Affiliated institutions have guaranteed places for two participants every year, who will also benefit from a 50% discount on tuition fees.
International Online Seminar | October 2020 – May 2021
The Universities of Groningen and Antioquia (Medellín) are happy to announce the first edition of the international online seminar Narratives of Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation. The seminar is co-sponsored by OSL, and will feature six sessions delivered by leading experts in conflict narratives from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Online event | 18 September 2020, 16:00-17:00 CEST
On Friday 18th of September, OSL will host an online masterclass by novelist and historian Philipp Blom, titled Need for a New Story: The Role of Academics and Artists in Narrating a Sustainable World. Philipp Blom (Hamburg, 1970) is a historian, novelist, journalist, and translator. He studied in Vienna and Oxford and writes for several British, German and Dutch newspapers and journals, such as The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, Die Zeit, and Vrij Nederland.
The first complete overview of our academic programme for 2020-2021 is now available! For the activities taking place in Semester 1, registration will open in September (more details will follow soon); if you have any questions, you are welcome to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB1: The programme below is not complete; more events may be added in the coming months. NB2: Due to the uncertain situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not know to what extent it will be possible to hold in-person gatherings during the next academic year, especially (but not exclusively) during Semester 1. As indicated below, most of our forthcoming activities are already designed as online events; in the remaining cases, we are keeping in contact with the organizers with a view to minimizing any possible disruption to our training activities.
OSL regrets to announce that the Research Day will not take place in 2020. The OSL Research Day normally serves as the official opening of our academic programme, and provides a valuable platform for dialogue and research collaborations between literary scholars within and beyond the Netherlands. However, the situation of uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has made it quite difficult to plan physical events in Fall 2020; and since an online Research Day would defeat the very purpose of the event, this seemed like the safest decision at this stage. On a brighter note, both our seed money grant and the OSL Awards will be normally assigned this year; please find more information below.
Online seminar | 6 October, 20 October, 27 October, 3 November, 17 November, 24 November 2020 (15:00 – 17:00)
Although political, sociological, ethnographical or anthropological perspectives from, on and about Africa are frequently examined and discussed, African artistic domains remain relatively underexposed in the Netherlands. This is remarkable, especially when taking into account that African artistic practices are booming – both at home and around the world. In this course, we will problematize a number of assumptions about Africa and explore how contemporary African literature and film invite us to imagine and rethink Africa as part of the world and the location of the future.
Online workshop | Friday 23 October 2020
How do we move from particular examples to more general statements about the literary world? This is what I will be calling the practice of generalization, and it effects all knowledge domains. While other fields have long grappled with this problem, literary studies has yet to engage in sustained discussion surrounding the principles and procedures through which we produce generalized knowledge about the world.
Online skills course | 2, 9, 16 and 30 October 2020, 15:00-18:00 | Coordinator: Dr David Ashford (Groningen) | 5 EC
This course will introduce participants to poetic genres, forms and metres, enabling them to develop, or to expand upon their own practice, as creative writers. Participants will study poetry from a variety of traditions, in order to understand how poetic form is determined by its original context in performance, and by the information, musical and theatrical technologies necessary to that original performative context.