The Future of Literary Studies

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78
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International conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

What is the current state of literary studies, and what does the future of literary studies look like?


At this conference 15 scholars who have made significant contributions to literary studies will consider this field of research from his or her critical perspective.

How can the area or trend of literary studies that each of these scholars represents contribute to, and further, literary studies in general?

How do these scholars envisage the future of literary studies?

The conference is structured as a series of 20-minute papers, each followed by ten-minute discussion.
Revised versions of the 15 papers given at the conference will be published as a book edited by Jakob Lothe.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in cooperation with the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

There is no conference fee, but because of a free lunch served on the first day (Tuesday 14 June) you need to register by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

Registration deadline is 8 June. 

For practical enquiries, or regarding dietary restrictions, please contact gro.havelin@dnva.no



Tuesday 14 June

09:00  Coffee/tea

09:30  Opening of the Conference
Ole Mathias Sejersted, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

09:40  The idea and structure of the conference
Jakob Lothe, University of Oslo

10:00  Life, Writing 
Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews

10:30 Reading Literature Historically
Kjersti Bale, University of Oslo

11:00  Coffee break

11:20  Reading from the Border: Implications for Literary Studies 
Johan Schimanski, University of Oslo

11:50  Postcolonial Studies and Poetics
Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford

12:20  Lunch

13:20  Re-orientations in Feminist Theory
Ellen Mortensen, University of Bergen
13:50  The Future of Reading: Animality, Illness, and the Politics of Critique
Michael Lundblad, University of Oslo
14:20  Narrative and Human Action
Thomas Pavel, University of Chicago

14:50  Coffee break

15:10  Fictionality as Intentionally Signalled Invention in Communication
Henrik Skov Nielsen, Aarhus University

15:40  Narrative Hermeneutics and the Ethical Potential of Literature
Hanna Meretoja, University of Turku

1610: End of Day 1

Wednesday 15 June

09:00  Coffee/tea

09:30 Rhetorical Paradigm for Narrative Studies
James Phelan, Ohio State University

10:00  Reading the Archive, Revising Modernism
Erik Tonning, University of Bergen

10:30  Literary Studies and the Challenge of Trauma
Unni Langås, University of Agder

11:00  Coffee break

11:20  Embodied Cognition and the Nature of Narrative
Paul Armstrong, Brown University

11:50  Ethics and Medium Specificity: Literature and Film
Asbjørn Grønstad, University of Bergen

12:20 Everything its Own: Readers, Freedom and Class
Cassandra Falke, University of Tromsø

13:00  End of conference