International Seminar for PhD-students: Histories and Theories of Reading

In the course of the academic year 2013-2014, GEMS and Ghent’s Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture will be hosting an international seminar for PhD-students on ‘Histories and Theories of Reading’. The seminar consists of six ‘meetings’ at which the work of a number of prominent international scholars in the field will be discussed, in the presence of these scholars. Each ‘meeting’ will be prepared at a separate reading session, a week before the actual event. The programme for the first semester is as follows:

October: Timothy Reiss
Thursday 17 October 2013 – reading session, directed by Jürgen Pieters
Thursday 24 October 2013 – meeting with Timothy Reiss

November: Jonathan Sawday
Tuesday 12 November 2013 – reading session, directed by Kornee van der Haven
Tuesday 19 November 2013 – meeting with Jonathan Sawday

December: Steven Mailloux
Friday 13 December 2013 – reading session, directed by Jürgen Pieters
Thursday 19 December 2013 – meeting with Steven Mailloux

In the second semester the seminar will feature James Raven, Peter Stallybrass, Jerome McGann (tbc), Kathy Eden and Leah Price.

For more information on the themes of the sessions and the reading materials see the website of the Faculty’s Doctoral School. PhD-students who want to enroll can do so by sending an email to
The seminar is generously funded by the Doctoral School Arts, Humanities and Law and the FWO-Wetenschappelijke Onderzoeksgemeenschap Goliath. The seminar is part of the collaboratory in which GEMS serves as a structural partner.