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Invitation to Nordic Literary History Now workshop

Invitation to Nordic Literary History Now workshop

1st workshop, Aalborg 23-24 March 2017: New Approaches to Literary History. The workshop will be held in the Scandinavian languages and English.


23.03.2017 kl. 09.00 - 24.03.2017 kl. 17.00


Literary studies in the Nordic countries have been witness to an explosion of new approaches with more or less pronounced historiographical implications, including gender studies and geocriticism and place studies. While these approaches have already left substantial theoretical and methodological marks on the current writing of literary histories in the Nordic countries, one can detect an emerging scholarly interest in other approaches that very likely will have a similar effect. One of the most important of these is digital humanities, but approaches such as ecocriticism and affect studies also seem very promising in a historiographical context. The workshop languages will be Scandinavian and English.


23 March 2017

09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30-10:30 Welcome. Presentation of network members

Keynote lecture by Anne-Marie Mai including discussion: “Forsøg med litteratur-historieskrivning – fra Danske digtere i det 20. århundrede til Hvor litteraturen finder sted, Galleri 66 og Nordisk kvindelitteraturhistorie

12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Invited discussion papers on the state of art of literary history writing in the Nordic countries: Gunilla Hermansson (Sweden), Jens Lohfert Jørgensen (Denmark), Kukku Melkas (Finland)
14:30-15:00 Coffee break

Invited discussion papers on various approaches to literary history: Jenny Bergen-maar (digital humanities), Per Thomas Andersen (affect theory), Lars Handesten (the sociology of literature)

19:00- Dinner at Restaurant Fusion, Strandvejen 4, Aalborg

24 March 2017

09:00-09:30 Coffee

Keynote lecture by Sascha Bru including discussion: “Towards an Expanded Literary Historiography”


Group discussions of the network’s key research questions, research plans and outputs

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Invited discussion papers on specific approaches to literary history: Ståle Dingstad (book history), Anna Williams (gender studies), Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson (ecocriticism)
15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Establishment of research clusters based on the network’s key research questions

16:30-17:00 Workshop wrap-up



Nordic Literary History Now, Department of Culture and Global Studies, AAU


Rendsburggade 14 (CREATE), room, 5.125, AAU

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