PhD Conference ‘Alternative Geographies: New Perspectives on Art and Literature in a Global Age’

Aarhus University | October 7-9, 2019

Where is the center of the world within our present world order? What do geography and geographical location mean for our understanding of world literature and art? How do new transcultural relations, planetary outlook, new forms of cosmopolitanism and ecocriticism change our understanding of the role of literature and art in a global world? And how do art and literature depict and reflect on the meaning of old and new geographies?

In this graduate seminar we would like to explore a whole range of possibilities and problems related to geographical location and orientation for the study of art and literature. The aim is to tease out and discuss the problems of geography as they appear in art works and literature, to invite a comparative view on this and a methodological discussion on the importance and meaning of geography. We understand ‘art’ in a broad sense to include art, music, film, drama, visual imagery etc.


Confirmed keynote

Chengzhou He, Changjiang Distinguished Professor (Yangtze River Scholar) of English and Drama at Nanjing University.


Paper proposals

Abstracts (200-300 words) should be sent before June 25, 2019 to Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (, He Chengzhou ( and Mads Anders Baggesgaard:


More information: CFP Alternative Geographies