Cultural Literacy in Europe#
First International Conference#
16-18 April 2015#
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London#
Full information is on the project website: http://cleurope.eu
To book your place: https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/bih/cle
BOOKING CLOSES ON 30 MARCH 2015#
This international conference brings together academics interested in the development of Literary and Cultural Studies in Europe and beyond with European policymakers. The language of the conference will be English. Venue: Birkbeck, University of London: Gordon Square WC1H 0PD and Malet Street (Torrington Place) WC1E 7HX. The conference includes five keynote talks, 36 short papers, a policymaker panel, an art installation, a film showing, a book-launch, a poster session and a practical workshop.
Researchers practising literary-and-cultural studies [LCS] examine a vast range of social and cultural objects through the lens of literary thinking – analysing textuality, fictionality, rhetoricity and historicity, and developing ‘cultural literacy’. How can LCS research and cultural literacy contribute to solving the major challenges of Europe today?
Cultural memory, Translation & migration, Digital textuality, Biopolitics & the body
Prof Aleida Assmann, Prof Michael Cronin, Prof Lars Elleström, Prof Sir David King & Prof Alexandre Quintanilha
Queries to http://cleurope.eu/contact
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London: Gordon Square WC1H 0PD and Malet Street (Torrington Place) WC1E 7HX.
Background#First set up in 2007 by the European Science Foundation Standing Committee for the Humanities, Cultural Literacy in Europe ran as an ESF-COST synergy 2009-2012, running international interdisciplinary workshops in four areas of LCS research – Cultural memory, Migration & Translation, Electronic textuality and Biopolitics, biosociality and the body. The initial two outcomes were an ESF-COST Science Policy Briefing, published in January 2013 http://www.esf.org/hosting-experts/scientific-review-groups/humanities-hum/publications.html, and a volume, From Literature to Cultural Literacy, coedited by Naomi Segal and Daniela Koleva, published by Palgrave Macmillan in summer 2014.
No longer restricted to studying manuscripts, printed books or other language-based genres in a philological mode, LCS researchers are now concerned with four essential conceptual elements, using them to describe, analyse and evaluate what may broadly be called the symbolic dimension of humanity’s relationship with material reality – textuality, rhetoricity, fictionality and historicity. These concepts both represent crucial structures and processes at work in cultural objects and at the same time offer key techniques for understanding They indicate ways in which all knowledge, all social activity, can be read.