GEMS in portraits: Koenraad Jonckheere

What is it that GEMS is doing? What is our work? What are our thoughts, our ideas? Why are we fascinated by the early modern period?
From now on we will turn a spotlight on one of our members every three months. Each portrait will give you another perspective on GEMS.

RubensOur second portrait is that of Koenraad Jonckheere, professor of Art History at Ghent University. Koenraad has published widely on a variety of subjects, and is currently writing a book on the Quaestio concept. Next to his academic career, Koenraad is active as a curator for exhibitions and is the director of publications at the Centrum Rubenianum, a research institute for Flemish art in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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March 24th, 2016: Lecture Jonathan Culler

Culler_BaudelairewithoutBenjaminIt is our pleasure to invite you to the lecture ‘Baudelaire without Benjamin’ that will be given by Professor. Dr. Jonathan Culler on Thursday March 24. The lecture will take place at Room Jozef-Plateau (Ghent University, building Plateau-Rozier), from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. In 2015, his Theory of the Lyric was published, in which Culler offers us a bright, new and challenging view on the tradition of the lyric. Culler has also worked on 19th-century French literature (especially on Flaubert and Baudelaire), and on contemporary literary theory and criticism (especially structuralism, deconstruction and French theory generally). Other books that he has written are (amongst others): Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty (1974), Structuralist Poetics (1975), The Pursuit of Signs (1981), On Deconstruction (1982), Barthes (1983), and Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (1997).

Jonathan Culler will be visiting our university as part of our doctoral seminar series: Histories and Theories of Reading. In the seminar he will be discussing his most recent book on the theory of the lyric next to his work on literary theory in general. The seminar is open to all PhD students. Information on attending the doctoral seminar or future seminars can be found here.

You are most cordially invited to attend the lecture. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to britt.grootes@ugent.be. We look forward to seeing you at the lecture.

 

February 26th: PhD Defence

Britt Dams will publicly defend her PhD thesis “Comprehending the New World in the Early Modern Period: Descriptions of Dutch Brazil (1624-1654)” on friday February 26 at 4PM, in auditorium A at Henri Dunantlaan 1 (Ghent).

Scenes, scenes, scenes

This year marks the occasion of the fourth centenary of William Shakespeare’s death. The event will be celebrated throughout the Anglophone world. As a tribute to Shakespeare’s lasting presence in the contemporary theatre of Flanders and the Netherlands, Jozef De Vos, Jürgen Pieters and Laurens De Vos have written Shakespeare, auteur voor alle seizoenen, to be published with Lannoo in the course of the Bard’s birthday month (book presentation on April 19, more details to follow soon).
On www.shakescenes.ugent.be Jürgen Pieters will publish a series of analyses (in Dutch) of famous scenes taken from Shakespeare’s plays. Every month, on or around the 23d, a new instalment of the series will become available online. The February-instalment, on Hamlet, can be read here.

March 14th & 22nd: DS seminar with Jonathan Culler

Our fourth guest of the Doctoral Course Histories and Theories of Reading is Jonathan Culler (Cornell University).

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Theme of the seminar: Literary theory and the poetics of the lyricTime schedule and location:

Monday, 14 March 2016, 9:30 AM: preparatory session.
Location: Room “Mortier” (Faculty Library)

Monday, 22 March 2016, 2 PM: session with Jonathan Culler
Location: Room “Mortier” (Faculty Library)

Registration for the specialist course is required. See here or here for more information on registration and on the entire course.

December 14th & 21st: DS seminar with Neil Badmington

Our third guest of the Doctoral Course Histories and Theories of Reading is Neil Badmington (University of Cardiff).

Theme of the seminar: Cultural and literary studies with an emphasis upon the work of Roland Barthes

BadmingtonBarthesTime schedule and location:

Monday, 14 December 2015, 10 AM: preparatory session.
Location: Blandijnberg 2, Room 100.072

Monday, 21 December 2015, 2 PM: session with Neil Badmington
Location: Blandijnberg 2, Room 100.072

(For those who are unfamiliar with the building, the room is at the groundfloor – main entrance, to the right. A map of the building can be found here)

Registration for the specialist course is required. See here or here for more information on registration and on the entire course.

Histories and Theories of Reading 2015/16

Doctoral Schools specialist course
International Seminar: Histories and Theories of Reading
> more information can be found here

October 2015: Martin Eisner
(Duke University)
Theme: Transnational literary history of
early Modernism, history of the book and texts
guided reading session
Tue October 6, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
lecture/discussion Martin Eisner
Tue October 13, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
November 2015: Roland Greene
(Stanford University)
Theme: Cultural history of the Renaissance
guided reading session
Tue November 3, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
lecture/discussion Roland Greene
Tue November 10, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
December 2015: Neil Badmington (University of Cardiff)
Theme: Cultural and literary studies
with an emphasis upon the work of Roland Barthes
guided reading session
Mon December 14, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
lecture/discussion Neil Badmington
Mon December 21, 2015: 9:30 – 12:30
February/March 2016: Jonathan Culler
(Cornell University)
guided reading session
Mon March 14, 2016: 9:30 – 12:30
lecture/discussion Jonathan Culler
Tue March 22, 2016: 14:00 – 17:00
April 2016: William Marx
(Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
guided reading session

lecture/discussion William Marx
May 2016: Rodolphe Gasché
(State University of New York at Buffalo)
guided reading session

lecture/discussion Rodolphe Gasché

Registration for the specialist course is required. To register, please send an e-mail to Katrien De Clercq mentioning the course title, your name, first name, student number, Doctoral School and Department.

GEMS in portraits: Alexander Roose

What is it that GEMS is doing? What is our work? What are our thoughts, our ideas? Why are we fascinated by the early modern period?
From now on we will turn a spotlight on one of our members every three months. Each portrait will give you another perspective on GEMS.

montaignekoffieWe start off with Alexander Roose, professor of French Literature at Ghent University. Alexander is the author of La curiosité de Montaigne, which was published very recently (Champion 2015). Another book on Montaigne is already in the making: Alexander’s De vrolijke wijsheid. Zoeken, denken, en leven met Montaigne comes out this winter (Polis). Also, from January 2016 on, the monologue ‘Montaigne’ that Alexander has written, will be staged in theatres throughout Belgium and the Netherlands.

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