During the first two decades of what many define “the century of the brain”, literary studies have increasingly engaged with new developments from neuroscience and cognitive studies. A growing number of literary scholars, for example, has fruitfully engaged with the novel perspectives offered by 4e cognition — namely the idea that our cognitive processes are embodied in the physical world, embedded in specific contexts, extended into the surrounding environment, and enactive in their relation with the environment. How exactly can these recent findings shed new light on literary texts? And how can literature, in turn, help us better understand the human brain/mind?
Hybrid (Amsterdam) / Online | April- May 2022
Scholars working in computational literary studies make use of computer software that helps them to analyze digital textual data. Software can support the exploration of a much larger amount of data in systematic ways than was possible before. In this course, students will get introduced to the most important current approaches in computational literary studies, ranging from the analysis of style and methods for the verification and attribution of authorship to various forms of ‘distant reading’ and discourse analysis.
Amsterdam | April – May 2022, exact dates to be confirmed
This course focuses on contemporary debates in life writing as a newly emerging field across disciplines. Life writing is an umbrella term for a wide range of writings about one’s own or someone else’s life, such as biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, bio-fiction and travel writing. In the course we will explore various life stories of men and women in the 20th and 21st centuries, who each had their own unique set of life experiences, beliefs and perceptions. This will help gain a richer understanding of how individuals move through, interact with, and are affected by the major events of their time — and how their lives are narrated, either by themselves or by others.
Utrecht (hybrid) | 23 March, 30 March and 1 April, 15:15-17:00
This three-session workshop is intended to introduce students to a selected range of Digital Humanities research methods, with particular regard to keyword extraction and preparing digital critical editions.
You are invited to propose a paper for the MLA session ‘Literature and Human Rights’, convened by members of the OSL research group Literature, Law and Society. The 2022 MLA convention will take place in Washington, DC from 6 to 9 January 2022. If interested, please send a 200-400 word abstract (+ short CV) to […]
20 May 2022 | Amsterdam, Eye Filmmuseum
How not to Write a Novel seems to be a joke but it is not. This workshop delivered by the Spanish writer Jesús Carrasco (De Vlucht 2013, De Grond Onder Onze Voeten, 2016, both published in Dutch by Meulenhoff) tries to be a record of his experience in writing his third novel. But why should the writing of a third novel be so difficult? Why not the second? The answer is simple.