Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings

 

The Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings brings together researchers in the field of literary, theatre and performance studies. CLIC offers scholars an interdisciplinary network to stimulate research along three key concepts: media, genres and spaces. (more)
 

News & upcoming events

WOLEC. On 1 March 2017 Alyssa Verhees (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) will give a talk on: ‘Ekfrasis voorbij: het kunstwerk als ding in het oeuvre van Stefan Hertmans.’

Tot nu toe werden kunstwerken in de literatuur vooral bestudeerd in het licht van ekfrasis, waarbij de aandacht voornamelijk uitgaat naar hetgeen dat afgebeeld wordt op het kunstwerk en hoe deze voorstelling omgezet wordt in de beschrijving. Een kunstwerk is echter ook een object waarmee een personage interacteert en dat op zijn beurt weer invloed heeft op het personage. Ik wil de klassieke visie op ekfrasis aanvullen met inzichten uit de thing theory (Brown 2015), waarbij enerzijds de beschrijving van de objecten en anderzijds de interactie tussen het kunstwerk en het personage bekeken wordt. In mijn voordracht wil ik de relatie van het object tegenover het personage onderzoeken aan de hand van de antropologische theorie van Alfred Gell.

In Art and Agency (1998) beschrijft Gell de manier waarop kunstwerken ingebed zijn in sociale relaties, die hij de ‘art nexus’ noemt. Gell ziet kunstwerken niet in het licht van hun esthetische waarde of hun symbolische betekenis die door het publiek ontcijferd moet worden, maar kijkt naar de sociale context van onder andere de productie, de circulatie en de receptie van het werk. Deze aspecten doen denken aan Igor Kopytoffs visie op de objectbiografie (1986). Hij gaat ervan uit dat objecten fases hebben in hun leven en dat ze dan telkens een bijzondere functie representeren.

Ik wil Gells antropologische theorie naar de romanwereld transponeren. Om te verhouding tussen personage en (kunst)object te onderzoeken kijk ik naar de productie, circulatie en receptie van het object binnen de vertelling. Centraal staan voor Gell hierbij de relaties tussen de index (het kunstwerk), de artiest, de recipiënt en het prototype (datgene waar de index voor staat). Elk van deze aspecten kan zowel de handelende (agent) als de ondergaande rol (patiënt) vervullen. De vraag die mij specifiek interesseert, is niet wat agency is, maar wanneer – in welke contexten of fases – een kunstobject agency heeft, hoe de personages hiermee omgaan, en wat voor gevolgen dit heeft voor de interpretatie van een roman.

Als uitgangspunt neem ik de roman Oorlog en Terpentijn (2013) van Stefan Hertmans. Deze roman confronteer ik met het verhaal ‘Landschap met vogels’ (2001) van dezelfde auteur, waarin Neerhof met witte pauw van Melchior de Hondecoeter een prominente plaats inneemt.

The lecture will take place in room 5.C.402 on the VUB Etterbeek Campus, from 12 am till 1.30 pm. A small lunch will be provided. Participation is free, but please send an e-mail to Janna.Aerts@vub.ac.be or Thomas.Thoelen@vub.ac.be to confirm your presence.

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The annual symposium of CLIC, where members of our research group present their work to the TALK students (who are majoring in Linguistics and Literary Studies), will take place on 10 November 2016. This edition focuses on 'Spaces of Entanglement: Negotiating European Crossroads'. Keynote speakers are Prof. Ina Habermann (Universität Basel) and Prof. Sascha Bru (KU Leuven). The program also includes a conversation with Katleen Van Langendonck (Kaaitheater). The time schedule and book of abstracts can be found here.

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On 29 October you are kindly invited to the Journée d'étude 'Émile Verhaeren, cent ans après', which will take place in the Academy Palace in Brussels. The full program can be found here. To participate please call 02/5502277 or send an e-mail to alf@cfwb.be.

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On Thursday 13 October from 10 till 11.15 am in RITCS, Dansaertstraat 70 (Board room, 3th floor) Gene Terruso will give a lecture about 'Acting and Documentary Practices'. On Friday 14 October from 10 till 12 am he will be at the VUB (room D.3.10) to speak about 'O’Neill and the Provincetown Playhouse: Then and Now'. An abstract for that lecture and a short bio can be found below:

abstract:

Eugene O’Neill’s position as the father of American drama is assumed by both his chronological placement in the timeline of American theatre and his influence in introducing international staging approaches to his contemporaries in the US. Today a new generation of O’Neill’s interpreters honor his bold spirit and strive to reveal the timelessness of his work, through innovative techniques current to the modern world of performance. This presentation will deal with three primary factors in this evolution: 1) the personal and historic background to O’Neill’s development as a playwright and artist; 2) specific areas in which he broke new ground in the American theatre; and 3) how a select group of today’s directors, dramaturgs and theatre companies are re-imagining the content and vehicles through which his plays continue to be appreciated by audiences a century after his work began. 

bio:

Gene Terruso, whose professional acting/directing credits include work on and off-Broadway, in American regional theatre and internationally with the Berliner Ensemble and the UK's National Theatre has also enjoyed a prestigious career as a producer and arts educator. As Artistic Director of off-Broadway's Provincetown Playhouse (home to 17 O'Neill world premieres) he co-produced that company's Obie Award winning revival of Sam Shepard's "The Unseen Hand." He served as President of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC and Hollywood) -- the oldest acting conservatory in the English-speaking world and as Director of the School of Theatre at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a 2016-17 recipient of a Fulbright Lectureship to the Czech Republic, teaching at the Janacek Akademie and other locations in the CR and around Europe. He will direct "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well" this Spring at the Orli Street Theatre.

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On 24 October at 6pm, prof. Michael Madison (Pittsburgh) will give a lecture about "Copyright in the Era of Big Data". The event is organized by CLIC, Institute for European Studies, Vesalius College and the Institute for German Studies / Literary and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Participation is free, but please register by sending an e-mail to events@ies.be, more information can be found here

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Standaard der Letteren wrote a review about Écrire Bruxelles / Brussel schrijven. Click here to read the article by Kathy Mathys.

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On 17 March, CLIC co-organizes a twin conference on Intermediality: 'Literature and Media Innovation'. More precisely, our colleagues Johan Callens, Christophe Collard and Claire Swyzen will host the conference day that is focussed on  'Mediations of Authorship in Postdramatic Mediaturgies', which will take place in the RITCS buildings. The programme and book of abstracts can be found here, to see the flyer and poster, follow the links. 

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During the next two weeks, Passa Porta will host two presentations of books that are written or edited by CLIC members. On 24 February at 8 pm, Brussel Schrijven/Ecrire Bruxelles will be presented to the public. The book, which investigates the literary dimension of Brussels, was edited by Daniël Acke and Liesbeth Bekers and contains contributions from several other CLIC members. On 3 March, also at 8pm, David Gullentops will present his book Emile Verhaeren inédit. The invitation for this event can be found here, for more information about both publications, click here.

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On 26 February 2016, the symposium "Interrogating the Postcolonial Paradigm“ takes place at the VUB, as part of the Platform of Postcolonial Readings and in collaboration with CLIC, the VUB Doctoral School Humanities (DsH), the Nederlands Onderzoeksschool Literatuurwetenschap and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis. In the context of this symposium New Zealand writer Paula Morris, who is currently writer-in-residence at the VUB & Passa Porta, will hold a lecture (with Q&A) that is open to all (4-5pm). For the programme, click here. Please register for the workshop and/or the lecture with janine.hauthal@vub.ac.be by 22 February.

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In February the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings welcomes Paula Morris (New Zealand) to the VUB, in collaboration with the international house of literature Passa Porta. During her residency, Morris will teach a creative writing workshop and hold a public lecture (with Q&A) entitled ‘When They Grow Tired of Gazing: The Invisible New Zealander.’ The lecture takes place in E.0.12 (4-5pm)  and is open to all, but please register with janine.hauthal@vub.ac.be by 22 February.
 
More information on Paula Morris and her residency at Passa Porta.

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2015 has been an interesting year for CLIC. Click here to read the annual report.

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26 February: Masterclass with Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham) on Cognitive Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Prose and Poetry

This masterclass brings together PhD-students from Flemish universities who apply various cognitive methods to twentieth-century prose and poetry. It seeks the participation of researchers (PhD-students, postdocs, professors and MA-students) who wish to discuss the theoretical footing of the presented research projects, and to address the challenges which the researchers face. Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham) will provide feedback, and will deliver a keynote lecture about language use in surrealist texts.

Participation is free of charge, but please register (either for the whole day or just for the keynote) with Elke.Depreter@vub.ac.be

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In March 2016, CLIC co-organizes a conference on the genetic study of performance named Tracing Creation. Click here to read the CFP. 

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On 14 and 15 December 2015 the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings, the Department of German Literature from Ghent University and the joint research group THALIA (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Ghent University) organised 'Theater als [H]Ort des Wissens. Ästhetik – Institution – Effekt'. The aim of the conference was to offer an integrated approach to text theatricality through narratology and performance studies. More information can be found here, to see the program, click here.

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Our research partner SEL (Studiecentrum voor Experimentele Literatuur) put together a symposium that spotlights invigorating radio experiment on Friday 18 December 2015.

In the morning, there were two keynote lectures. Jane Lewty (UvA) gave a lecture about the hidden radio texts in modernist literature and Adam Frank (University of British Columbia) presented his interdisciplinary Radio Free Stein project, in which work by Gertrude Stein is adapted for the ear. Composer Samuel Vriezen joined Adam and explained his input in the project. The symposium’s afternoon session featured five case studies on the radio play and lots of talking and listening. More information about the event can be found here

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From 9 till 11 December 2015 our research partner CLIV (the International Centre for Literature in Translation), organised Translation in Exile, a conference that aimed at providing a new understanding of exile as a theoretical concept, analytical category, and lived experience in the study of the translation of (literary) texts. The conference took place in the Brussels Parliament and the buildings of the University Foundation in Brussels. The poster can be found here, to see the program click here.

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The VAL (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Algemene en Vergelijkende Literatuurwetenschap) symposium of this year was focused on the subject of generic hybridity. The event took place at the faculty of Literature at KULeuven on 11 December 2015. More information can be found here.  

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In 2015, the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (BAAHE) devoted their annual conference to the subject of 'Adaptation'. The event was held at the VUB Campus on Friday 4 December 2015 and is supported by CLIC. The program can be found here.

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The annual symposium of CLIC, where members of our research group present their work to the TALK students (who are majoring in Linguistics and Literary Studies), took place on 13 November 2015. This edition focused on documentary trends in literature and theatre. The program included talks about the possible interplay between imagination and reality, the aesthetics of documentary art and the 'objectivity' of numbers, data and other kinds of 'solid evidence'. Keynote speakers were Prof. Gunther Martens (UGent) and the Flemish writer Koen Peeters.
The poster, with the program, can be found here; the book of abstracts can be found here.

When: Friday, 13 November 2015, from 9.15 am until 5.15 pm

Where: VUB Campus Etterbeek, Promotiezaal (D.2.01)

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CLIC congratulates Prof. Christian Laes, who was awarded the 2015 NKV-Homerus prize for his monograph "Beperkt? Gehandicapt in het Romeinse Rijk" (Davidsfonds). Read the jury report here

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On 8 and 9 September 2015, the research group SEL and the WOG OLITH organised the conference Confrontations - Experimental Dutch and German literature of the long sixties. The event took place at the KVAB in Brussels, it was supported by CLIC. The program can be found here.

The Austrian poet Gerhard Rühm, co-founder of the legendary Wiener Gruppe, and the German artist Monika Lichtenfeld, were the special guests of this conference. Both performed on Tuesday, 8 September 2015, at 5pm, at the KVAB. For more information and a taste of the performance, click here.