Next year (9-10 February, 2018) a conference will be organised at Ghent University about perspectives for a transnational literary history of the Low Countries. This conference – Literature without Frontiers? – aims to bring together a number of telling examples that advocate a transnational perspective for the construction and writing of the literary history (histories?) of the Low Countries in the period 1200-1800. We invite scholars of the periods involved to address case studies (authors, texts, translations, mechanisms of textual production, motifs, tropes, genres) that on account of their ‘transnational’ character have fallen outside the scope of the current attempts of literary historiography.
Traditional literary historiography is rooted in the nineteenth-century construction of national literatures based on the political desire to demarcate national states and their corresponding linguistic identities from each other. For the study of the literature that predates the nineteenth-century nation-state the taxonomy of literary phenomena on the basis of geographical frontiers that were in most cases non-existent at the time, is a highly artificial though very common practice. The organizers of the conference Literature without Frontiers? believe that the study of literature in this long period is better served by a transnational perspective, if only because of the transnational character of its functioning. On account of their limiting focus, nationally oriented literary histories of the periods in question cannot but undervalue the actual cultural processes at work both in the international ‘Republic of Letters’ as well as in the language regions that exceed the borders of the current nation states.
Keynote speakers: Frans Blom (University of Amsterdam) and David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)
Proposals for a thirty-minute presentation are expected by June 1st, 2017. For more details, see the CFP Literature without Frontiers.
Title page Monzongo, of de koningklyke slaaf (Van Winter 1774). Slave Zambiza attacks commander Alvarado.
GEMS-member Sarah Adams is awarded the biennial prize of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde (Society of Dutch Literature) for the best master thesis on Dutch literature. Sarah examined the power of antislavery theatre in the Dutch abolitionist discussion around 1800 (supervisor: Kornee van der Haven). With this master dissertation, she graduated in Historical Linguistics and Literature at Ghent University (2015). Sarah is preparing a PhD-proposal on antislavery theatre in the Netherlands in the period of 1775-1825.
For the official notice: http://www.mijnedlet.nl/mdnl/?p=1174
It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at the lecture.
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).
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.
It is our pleasure to invite you to a lecture on “Dante and the Afterlife of the Book: The Philology of World Literature” that will be given on Monday, 12 October by Prof. Dr. Martin Eisner (Duke University). The lecture will take place in the Large Meeting Room of the English Section (Blandijn, third floor) from 11 am to 1 pm. After the lecture we will be offering sandwiches.
Prof. Eisner has published on medieval Italian literature, as well as the history of the book and media. He will talk about his new book on Dante and the material tradition of Dante’s first book, the Vita Nuova, from its earliest manuscripts to the most recent editions and adaptations. He will also discuss his ongoing Dante’s Library digital humanities project which tries to reconsider what Dante’s books and manuscripts might tell us about how Dante read, what materials he might have encountered and how these materials might have influenced his reading practice.
We most cordially invite you to attend his lecture. Please confirm your attendance before Friday 9 October by sending an email to Katrien Declercq indicating whether you would like us to provide sandwiches or not.
Our first guest of the Doctoral Course Histories and Theories of Reading is Martin Eisner (Duke University), who will be talking about his research on the works of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, authorship of the vernacular, and the history of the book and media. His new project is on Dante and the afterlife of the book in which he joins material philology with intellectual history. He will also discuss his ongoing Dante’s Library digital humanities project which tries to reconsider what Dante’s books might tell us about how Dante read, what materials he might have encountered and how these materials might have influenced his reading practice.
Tuesday, 6 October, 2015, 9:30 am – Faculty of Arts & Philosophy Library ‘Zaal Mortier’: preparatory session.
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015, 9:30 am – Faculty of Arts & Philosophy Library ‘Zaal Mortier’: session with Martin Eisner.
Registration for the specialist course is required. See here or here for more information on registration and on the entire course.
Sarah Pardon will publicly defend her PhD thesis entitled “Little did they know. Place, time and character in historical representations” on friday October 2 at 4.30pm, in auditorium A at Henri Dunantlaan 1 (Ghent).
Achilles kills Hector, 1613. © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
On Saturday June 20th, the Museum Dr Guislain and GEMS will host the inaugural workshop of the AHRC Network Passions of War: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Conflict, 1550-1945. The workshop programme consists of three sessions, two with paper presentations and one with a group discussion based on exhibits from the War & Trauma exhibition and other objects related to that exhibition. An introduction to the group discussion about ‘War trauma and gendered emotions’ will be provided by Patrick Allegaert and Eline Van de Voorde of the Museum Dr Guislain. The sessions with paper presentations will be about ‘Sexuality and gender in war narratives’ and ‘Military masculinities and female soldiers’. Speakers are Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds), Marysa Demoor (Ghent University), Victoria Basham (Exeter University), Marian Füssel (Universität Göttingen), Stefan Dudink (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Simon Bainbridge (University of Lancaster). After the last session, James Wharton will provide a public lecture about his book Out in the Army – a detailed account of ten years in the British Army, discussing sexuality and modern equality.
It is our pleasure to invite you to a lecture that will be given on
FRIDAY, 12 JUNE by Prof. Dr. Mark Salber Phillips (Carleton University).
Prof. Phillips will talk about “Historical Distance and History Painting”.
He will talk about his methodological approach and he will give us a glimpse
of his new work on history painting. The lecture will take place in BLANDIJN
2, ROOM 100.072 AT 3 P.M.
Prof. Phillips is currently Professor at the Department of History.
He has published extensively on the subject of historical distance and 18th
century history writing and sentimentality. His current interests are,
amongst others, philosophy of history and historiography, intellectual
history, the relation between historical distance and revolutions, and
European historical thought in the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the
We most cordially invite you to attend this lecture. The lecture is
open to anyone interested.
PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE BY THURSDAY JUNE 11 BY
SENDING AN E-MAIL TO SARAH.PARDON@UGENT.BE.