Welcome

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.

Crossings?

Between genres, media and spaces

Click here to read more about the research within CLIC

News

Emile Lorand Chair - Italian Literary and Linguistic Studies

Université Libre de Bruxelles | 19 marzo 2018
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | 21-23 marzo 2017

Prof. Silvia Tatti from University "La Sapienza" - Rome, will give lectures on the topic "Esilio e Scrittura nell'Italia del Risorgimento".

The full program can be found here.

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Conference «La cultura e la letteratura italiana dell’esilio nell’Ottocento: nuove indagini»

On Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March 2018, the research groups CLIC-VUB and Philixte-ULB organise a joint seminar on Italian Exile literature and culture in the 19th century. You can find the programme and the poster here

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Conference « Charles Trenet : que reste-t-il de ses beaux jours ? »

21 - 23 novembre 2018

Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis

Scientific Commitee:

CALHISTE (Cultures, Arts, Littératures, Histoire, Imaginaires, Sociétés, Territoires, Environnement) de l'UVHC (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis). Programme transversal « Transports et mobilités »).

CLIC (Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings) de la VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

CERCLL (Centre d’Études des Relations et Contacts Linguistiques et Littéraires) de l'UPJV (Université Picardie Jules Verne).

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Lecture by professor Silvia Betti (Università di Bologna: "El español y el spanglish en la era de Trump".

November 22, 2017 from 11 to 13 h. (D.2.15).

The conference will be held in Spanish.
It is organised in the frame of the joint research project "CROSS: Crossing the border between English and Spanish" (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Ghent University).
Information: Diana Castilleja (diana.castilleja@vub.be), An Vande Casteele (an.vande.casteele@vub.be)

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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 2017. This edition focuses on 'Stadsportretten - Literaire en intermediale constructies van grootstedelijke identiteit'. Keynote speakers are Prof. Bart Eeckhout (UAntwerpen) and Prof. David Martens (KU Leuven). The time schedule can be found here.

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Call for Papers: The American Theatre and Drama Society invites submissions for the Spring 2018 issue of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre on 'Mediations of Authorship in American Postdramatic Mediaturgies'.

Particular contributions are invited that investigate how staging the presence and use of media — old and new, human and non-human— affects, forms, thematizes or problematizes models of authorship. Submissions must be received no later than 15 December 2017; please e-mail queries and articles to Johan Callens. More information can be found here.

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WOLEC. On the 21st of June 2017, Arvi Sepp (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Universiteit Antwerpen) will give a talk in Dutch on ‘Meertalige literatuur, vertaling van meertaligheid: ethische reflecties’.

In deze presentatie wordt uit twee perspectieven een ethiek van de meertaligheid geformuleerd. Aan de ene kant staat de verhouding tussen alteriteit en taalreflexiviteit in meertalige literatuur in het middelpunt, aan de andere kant wordt ingegaan op de ethische betekenis van de vertaling. Meertaligheid in de literatuur is vaak een teken voor een hoge taalreflexititeit die de contingentie van talige regelsystemen belicht. Door zowel de arbitrariteit als de referentieloosheid van taaltekens te accentueren, wordt het idee gedeconstrueerd dat je een taal zou kunnen ‘bezitten’. De taal komt altijd al van de andere, wat uiteindelijk ertoe leidt dat het verschil tussen moedertaal en vreemde taal in de meertalige literatuur principieel wordt gerelativeerd. De vertaling als analytische categorie, theoretisch concept en talige praktijk krijgt in deze discussie over meertaligheid en ethiek een bijzondere betekenis. De vertaling als medium van interculturele communicatie en ook als deconstructie van de ideologie van de moedertaal heeft een prominente rol. Een discussie over vertaalbaarheid en onvertaalbaarheid is ethisch relevant omdat de fundamentele aporie van een meertaligheidsethiek haar eigen ‘onmogelijke noodzakelijkheid’ belicht. Enerzijds moet vertaling een intersubjectieve communicatie mogelijk maken, terwijl ze anderzijds ook de principiële onmogelijkheid van een eenduidige verhouding tussen bron- en doeltaal duidelijk maakt.

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.

CLIC chair
Inge Arteel

Phone Number
+32-2-6292647

E-Mail
inge.arteel@vub.be
CLIC secretary
Mathias Meert

Phone Number
+32-2-6292654

E-Mail
Mathias.Meert@vub.be

CLIC’s three key concepts:

MEDIA

Literature, theatre and performance traditionally belong to specific medial systems. However, these systems often interact in hybrid, intermedial ways. Definitions of intermediality range from a broad view on crossings between distinct media such as literature and theatre, to a more specific focus on the incorporation of one medium in another (e.g. the use of images or documentary material in literary texts). Methodological issues, too, challenge both practitioners and scholars.

GENRES

The generic classification systems of literature and media, based on stylistic and structural features, are never neutral or ahistorical categories. They produce and communicate meaning, and also change over time, in response to specific socio-cultural but also political and economic contexts. Authors and artists often consciously renew, transgress or mix genre conventions, and thus influence the reception of literature and theatre. 

SPACES

Space has become an ever more influential and highly diversified theoretical category – ranging from the urban space of modernism to the contact zone of postcolonial theory and the rhizomatic network of the megalopolis. Through imaginary topographies and theatrical scenographies, transnational and multilingual identities are negotiated and disputed, as are new forms of politically committed artistic production.

Faculty Members

Daniel ACKE

  • French moralists and the Enlightenment
  • French surrealism
  • Literature and the city

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Inge ARTEEL

  • Contemporary experimental Austrian literature
  • Austrian and German postdramatic theatre
  • Literary theory, gender theory

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Elisabeth BEKERS

  • Black British literature
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • Europe and Brussels in contemporary literature

(more)

Johan CALLENS

  • American Studies
  • Metatheatre, Performing Arts
  • Adaptation Studies and Intermediality 

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Diana CASTILLEJA

  • The reception of Hispanic American literature in Belgium, France and Spain
  • The Hispanic American essay

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Christophe COLLARD

  • Adaptation Studies and Intermediality
  • Comparative Literature
  • Anglo-American literature and drama

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Ronald GEERTS

  • Text in contemporary theatre
  • Narrative strategies in screenwriting
  • Theatre and reality

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David GULLENTOPS

  • French modernism and avantgarde 
  • Poetry and intermediality 
  • Literary theory

(more)

Stefania RICCIARDI

  • Literary translation
  • Italian Sociolinguistics
  • Contemporary Italian literature

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Dirk VANDEN BERGHE

  • Italian literature and intertextuality in the 19th and early 20th century
  • Reception and translation of English literature in Italy 1750-1850

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Hans VANDEVOORDE

  • Dutch literature of the 19th century, fin the siècle, interbellum and post-war period
  • Theories of authorship, biography and genres
  • Cultural history (cafés, world fairs, writers associations, generation study)

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PhD Students

Janna AERTS

Dagelijks leven en crisis in literaire dagboeken. Een multiperspectivische lezing van dagboeken uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog
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Rafael ARREAZA SCROCCHI

The analysis of the cinematographic image of the Liberator in the Mexican biopic "Simón Bolívar" (1942) by Miguel Contreras Torres
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Edith CASSIERS

De didaskalische verbeelding: Hedendaagse regieboeken als genetische documenten van het artistieke werkproces
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Olivier COUDER

Absurdist humor in absurdist literature from a cognitive perspective
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Elke DEPRETER

De surrealistische metafoor vanuit een cognitief perspectief
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Lieselot DE TAEYE

Documentary Tendencies in the Dutch and Flemish Literature of the 1960s and early 1970s
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Sara JANSEN

The Other Side of History: Time, Space and Movement in Postwar Japan (1950-1980)
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Lesley PENNÉ

Heimat in contemporary prose from East Belgium 
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Zhuyun SONG

Images of the Orient in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Chinese European Literature
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Claire SWYZEN

Theory of Postdramatic Mediaturgy
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Thomas THOELEN

Dance First. Think Afterwards. Think Again. Samuel Beckett and the Strange Loop
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Catherine Thomas

Étude intermédiale de l’œuvre de deux auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes de la chanson française qui sont devenus réalisateurs : Jacques Brel et Serge Gainsbourg
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Alyssa VERHEES

De evolutie van plastische (ding)beschrijvingen in proza uit de Nederlandstalige literatuur van de twintigste eeuw
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Postdocs

Christophe COLLARD

The Case of John Jesurun, or Analogies as Heuristic Media in Contemporary Performance
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Janine HAUTHAL

Britain in Europe: The Emergence of Post-Insular Identities and Transcultural Discourses in Contemporary British Literature
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Mathias MEERT

Writing Pantomime: Genre Conventions and Developments of Text, Gesturality and Theatricality in German-Language Drama. (more)

Ann PEETERS

I Promessi sposi: "verderzettingen" in proza en operaherwerkingen
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Andrea PENSO

The reception of the English novel in the Italian literary press between 1700 and 1830: a transcultural enquiry into the early shaping of the modern Italian literary and cultural identity (more)

Marc VAN ZOGGEL

Editor of the completed works of Willem Frederik Hermans at the The Hague Huygens Institute for Dutch History
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Fellows and Chair Holders

Emile Lorand Chair Italian 2017-2018

Silvia TATTI (Sapienza Università di Roma)
for more information, click here

Emile Lorand Chair Spanish 2016-2017

Reindert DHONDT (Utrecht University)
for more information, click here

Emile Lorand Chair Italian 2015-2016

Laura MELOSI (Università di Macerata)
for more information, click here

Emile Lorand Chair Italian 2014-2015

Enrico TESTA (Università di Genova)
for more information, click here 

Emile Lorand Chair Spanish 2014-2015

Marie-Agnes PALAISI-ROBERT (Université de Toulouse - Jean Jaurès)
for more information, click here

BRUSSEL SCHRIJVEN / ÉCRIRE BRUXELLES

Écrire Bruxelles / Brussel schrijven explores the various connections between the Belgian capital and literature since the 19th century. The book includes historical analyses of Brussels as a literary and political field of action as well as literary case studies that show the manifold ways in which the city has been imagined by authors from across the world, writing in Dutch, French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Edited and introduced by Daniël Acke and Elisabeth Bekers, the book also features articles by various other members of CLIC, including Dirk Vanden Berghe, Diana Castilleja, Thomas Ernst, Lesley Penné, Hans Vandevoorde and Marc van Zoggel. 

ÉMILE VERHAEREN INÉDIT

Émile Verhaeren joined the 'révolte anarchiste' in the 1890s and remained committed until the eve of World War I. This lesser known dimension of Verhaeren’s work is the subject of Émile Verhaeren Inédit by David Gullentops. It demonstrates how Verhaeren's political commitment is clearly present in the articles and poems that he wrote for libertarian journals but that were never republished until now, as well as in his unfinished and unpublished manuscripts, such as the play La Grand'Route and the novelDésiré Menuiset et son cousin Oxyde Placard 

JEAN COCTEAU ET LE COURT MÉTRAGE

This special issue of Cahiers Jean Cocteau, which was edited by our CLIC colleague David Gullentops, is devoted to the short films of Cocteau. The volume contains one article about each existing film in which technical details, the creation process and the nature of Cocteau's contribution are discussed.

Cocteau was already known as a poet, an actor and a director, but here he also appears as a journalist, a costume designer and an archaeologist.

IMAGINARY EUROPES

Imaginary Europes. Special Issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, eds. Elisabeth Bekers, Maggie Ann Bowers, Sissy Helff, ISBN-ISSN: 1744-9855, 2015.

This special issue reflects on previously overlooked literary and cinematographic imaginings of Europe from more distant and more peripheral standpoints, confirming the need for the continuing reexamination of the role of cultural imagination in (re)conceptualizing, the past, present, and future of Europe.

Research projects

“Het literaire hoorspel in de Lage Landen (1960-2000): vorm, functie en vernieuwing”

FWO research project 2016 - 2020
VUB cosupervisor: Inge Arteel; UGent supervisor: Lars Bernaerts
PhD-researcher: Siebe Bluijs (UGent); Research assistant: Evelien Verschueren (UGent) 

“Dagelijks leven en crisis in literaire dagboeken. Een multiperspectivische lezing van dagboeken uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog”

FWO research project 2015 - 2018
VUB supervisor: Hans Vandevoorde; cosupervisors: Gunther Martens (UGent), Arvi Sepp (VUB), Nico Wouters (CEGESOMA)
PhD-researcher: Janna Aerts

"The Didascalic Imagination: Contemporary theatrical notebooks as genetic documents of the artistic process" 

FWO research project 2013-2016
VUB copromotor: Johan Callens; UA hoofdpromotor: Luk Van den Dries
PhD-researchers:  

Edith Cassiers, "De didaskalische verbeelding: Hedendaagse regieboeken als genetische documenten van het artistieke werkproces"
Sara Jansen, “The Other Side of History: Time, Space and Movement in Postwar Japan (1950-1980)” 

"Literature and Media Innovation: The Question of Genre Transformations"

BELSPO IAP program 2012-2017, http://lmi.arts.kuleuven.be/
VUB projects (coordinator: Johan Callens):

"Theory of Postdramatic Mediaturgy", researcher: PhD student Claire Swyzen
"Case Studies on Specific Mediaturgies": John Jesurun, researcher: Dr. Christophe Collard; The Wooster Group, researcher: Prof. Dr. Johan Callens

"Text Theatricality: An Integrated Approach Based on Rhetorical Narratology and Performance Studies” 

FWO research project 2012-2015
VUB copromotoren: Inge Arteel en Johan Callens; UGent hoofdpromotor: Gunther Martens; UGent copromotoren: Katharina Pewny en Benjamin Biebuyck
PhD-researcher: Nico Theisen (UGent)

Completed Research

Mathias MEERT

An intertextual analysis of Richard Beer-Hofmann’s ‘Klassiker’-reception
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Laura MICHIELS

Tennessee Williams’ metatheatre
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Marc VAN ZOGGEL

Mulisch’ selfirony between eironeia and alazoneia
(more)

What is WOLEC?

The Study Group for Literature and Culture (Werkgroep Literatuur en Cultuur, or WOLEC) offers lunch lectures in which our speakers tackle a broad range of subjects and methodologies. Each year, we receive a number of guest lecturers and young researchers from the VUB and beyond. The aims of the study group are to provide our speakers with the opportunity to present their work in an informal context, and to allow researchers to exchange views with their fellow researchers as well as with more experienced colleagues

Datespeakersubject
21/06/2017Arvi Sepp (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Universiteit Antwerpen)Meertalige literatuur vertaling van meertaligheid: ethische reflecties
11/05/2017Stéphane Hirschi (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis)Chanson et intermédialité
27/04/2017Annelies Augustyns (Universiteit Antwerpen)Urban Experience in the Third Reich: A Topopoetic Analysis of German-Jewish Autobiographical Literature from Breslau
01/03/2017Alyssa Verhees (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)Ekfrasis voorbij: het kunstwerk als ding in het oeuvre van Stefan Hertmans
16/02/2016Marc Farrant (Goldsmiths/University of London)“With so many millions of souls to count [...] what does it matter if they miss one?”: The Word of God in Coetzee’s Jesus Novels
16/01/2016Atinati Mamatsashvili (Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)/Staatsuniversiteit Ilia Tbilisi)Déconstruction de l’imaginaire antisémite : Klee Heartfield Beucler Thomas
08/12/2016Audrey De Landtsheer and Ellen Voets (VUB)Presentation of Master Theses: ‘Evolution of the Portrayal of Women in Rewritings of Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard”’ and ‘Differences and similarities in the portrayal of women in fairy tales written by female authors across the ages’
24/11/2016Julio Monteiro (University of Brasília)Literature History Memory: The Historical Novel in Suriname
04/11/2016Jan Vanvelk (KU Leuven)The Animal the Alien the Machine: The Rhetoric of Humanity in H .G Wells
14/04/2016Mareike Sera (Humboldt Universität Berlin)Next to nothing. Exhaustion and abundance in Jan Švankmajer's The Fall of the House of Usher (1980) and the writing of Henri Michaux
15/03/2016Bart Vervaeck (KU Leuven)Een greep op het ongrijpbare. Over unnatural narratology
03/03/2016Douglas Atkinson (VUB)De rol van stilistische en conceptuele negativiteit in het werk van Beckett
14/01/2016Bram Lambrecht (KU Leuven)Ik jij wij. De morele exemplariteit van Alice Nahons poëzie
10/12/2015Claus Peter Neumann (Universidad de Zaragoza)Loving the Goat: Edward Albee’s The Goat; or Who is Sylvia as representative American tragedy
19/11/2015David Martens (KULeuven / MDNR)Autoportrait de l'écrivain en vis-à-vis. L'entretien dans les collections de monographies de poche illustrées "Qui êtes-vous?" (La Manufacture) et "Les Contemporains" (Le Seuil)
29/10/2015François Staring (VUB)Lezen hoe luisteraars verbeelden: associatieve beschrijving in de muziekroman van de twintigste eeuw
06/10/2015Birgit Neumann (Universität Düsseldorf)Postcolonial Ekphrasis and Counter-Visions in Derek Walcott’s Tiepolo’s Hound – Contact Zones Contests and Translations
03/06/2015Lesley Penné (VUB)Grenslandschap in een land zonder grenzen -Heimat in de literatuur van de Duitstalige Gemeenschap
21/04/2015Janine Hauthal (VUB)Fictions of Europe: Transnational Discourses in Contemporary British Literature
27/03/2015Nele Wynants (ULB/UA)Philosophical Toys: Optical illusion at Play in Theatre and Performance
19/02/2015Audrey Garcia (Université Montpellier 3/RIRRA21)Posture(s) transmédiale(s) au prisme du cas Cocteau
27/01/2015Anneleen Van Hertbruggen (UA)Het nationaalsocialisme als politieke religie. Religieus taalgebruik in nazi-propagandapoëzie
28/12/2014Sophie Zimmer (Leo Baeck Institute London)Jewish Topographies in post-1989 Berlin
27/11/2014Lieselot De Taeye (VUB/FWO)Experimenteel realisme: documentaire aspecten in het Nederlandse en Vlaamse proza van de jaren '60 en '70
22/4/2014Vik Doyen (KU Leuven)Close reading of genetische tekstkritiek? Hoe bestudeer je het literaire werk van Malcolm Lowry?
17/3/2014Kila van der Starre - Arno Van Vlierberghe (MaNaMa Literatuurwetenschap)‘Een beminnelijke prater op visite.’ Nederlandstalige poëzie op geluidsdragers - De ritmische impuls als kloppend hart in ‘Messiah’ (C.C. Krijgelmans) en ‘Het boek ik’ (Bert Schierbeek)
20/2/2014Guy Dugas (Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III)Albert Memmi et le post-colonial au Maghreb (1957-2004)
10/2/2014Thomas Ernst (Universität Duisburg-Essen)Literatuur en subversie: politiek schrijven in het hedendaagse Duitstalige proza
17/1/2014Kristiaan Versluys (UGent)Het trauma van 9/11 in de Amerikaanse literatuur
2/12/2013Bart Keunen (UGent)Sleutelbegrippen in de narratologie: de ‘chronotoop’
31/10/2013Mathias Meert (VUB/FWO)In gesprek met Beer-Hofmann. Auteursbeeld en schrijversbezoek als paratekst en ‘Erinnerungsraum’
14/5/2013Chiel Kattenbelt (Universiteit Utrecht)‘The Experience of Temporality in Time-Based Media’
15/4/2013Claire Swyzen (VUB)‘Textimonies’ in Documentary Theatre: From Authentic ‘Character’ to Post-Human ‘Data Body’
11/02/2013Lars Bernaerts (VUB/UGent)Sleutelbegrippen in de narratologie: ‘bewustzijnsvoorstelling’

National Research Partners

  • Centre for Literary Translation (CLIV)
  • Centre for the Study of Experimental Literature (SEL)
  • Theatre, Literature and Media in Performance (THALIA)
  • The Theatricality and Reality Association Working Group (THEA)
  • Centre for Information, Documentation and Research on Brussels (BRIO)
  • Brussels Studies Institute (BSI)
  • Interuniversitary Institute Renaissance and Humanism (RENH)
  • VUB’s Center for Gender and Diversity in Flanders (RHEA)
  • Vlaamse Vereniging voor Algemene en Vergelijkende Literatuurwetenschap (VAL)
  • Centre Prospero – Langage, image et connaissance (website)

Partners in the Cultural Domain

  • Passa Porta, International House of Literature in Brussels, http://www.passaporta.be/en/home/
  • Kaaitheater, Brussels Arts Centre for Dance, Theatre and Performance, https://www.kaaitheater.be/en

Information for students

ADVANCED MAsTERS

AWARDS

For an overview (in Dutch) of the prizes awarded within TALK (the department of linguistics and literature at the VUB), click here.

INFORMATION FOR PHD STUDENTS

For further information about PhD studies in CLIC, please contact Prof. dr. Rik Vosters, who presides over the research commission of the department of Literary Studies and Linguistics of the VUB (TALK). 

LIST OF TOPICS for BAchelor and MAster PAPERs

The list below presents the research domains of the CLIC professors. Individual proposals can be discussed with them. 

Daniel Acke

1. Aspects philosophiques de la littérature

  • La réception de la lettre de Lord Chandos de Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1902) en France [ideaal voor een student die Frans en Duits doet].
  • Aspects mystiques chez Eugène Ionesco (roman, théâtre)
  • Le thème de la mystique chez Roger Caillois
  • Lecture de L'Extase matérielle de Le Clézio du point de vue de la mystique naturelle.

2. Précis de littérature urbaine

  • Joris-Karl Huysmans et la ville
  • La ville chez Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Le portrait de ville comme genre littéraire
  • Marche et errance dans les romans de Yannick Haenel [romancier né en 1967]
  • Le Palais-Royal dans la littérature française

3. Morale et littérature du 16e au 18e siècle

  • Les moralistes face à la bêtise
  • Le Prince de Ligne et La Fontaine
  • Les caractères et portraits des moralistes: analyse comparative

 

Inge Arteel

  • Novellenpoetik: Gattungsgeschichte; Gattungskonventionen und deren (De)konstruktion; Anthropologische Perspektive (die Novelle als ‘Fallgeschichte’)
  • Deutschsprachige Literatur der Jahrhundertwende (1900) und Wiener Moderne
  • Österreichische Literatur nach 1945 (Heimat- und Anti‐Heimatliteratur; Avantgardistisches, experimentelles Schreiben; Modernismus und Postmodernismus)
  • Autofiktionalität, “Dichtung und Wahrheit”
  • Transmediale Adaptionen, Aufführungen, Neuschreibungen, Verfilmungen usw.: von Märchen, Legenden, ‚Klassikern‘, z.B. Nibelungenlied, Kaspar Hauser, ... 
  • Genderorientierte Forschung zu den obengenannten Themen. 

 

Elisabeth Bekers

  • Postcolonial literature, especially from the African continent and diaspora
  • Black British writing, esp. by women
  • African-American literature, esp. by women
  • Brussels and Europe in (Postcolonial) Literature
  • Women’s writing
  • Literature on women’s rights and women’s issues
  • Literature on migration and asylum
  • Canon Construction
  • Recent prize winners 

 

Johan Callens

  • Theatre and drama studies (history, theory, case studies,...) (British, American, Irish,...)
  • Intermedial studies (adaptations and transpositions from page to stage and screen or vice versa; impact of the visual arts on the verbal arts; ekphrasis,...)
  • Contemporary revisions and adaptations of classic plays (Greek, Elizabethan, neoclassical, nineteenth-century,....)
  • Metafiction and metatheatre (self-reflection and self-consciousness in art,...)
  • Genre studies (theoretical, historical and practical)
  • American studies (literature from a larger cultural perspective)
  • The nineteenth- and twentieth-century American novel
  • The historical avantgarde, the neo-avantgarde of the 1960s, the alleged death of the avantgarde
  • Performance theatre

 

Diana Castilleja

  • Novela histórica: entre la verdad y la ficción (Ej. “La Bella Bestia” de Alberto Vázquez Figueroa, “El comprador de aniversarios” de Adolfo García Ortega, “El silencio de tu nombre” de Andrés Pérez Domínguez...)
  • Autoficción o autonarración (Ej.  “El coro a dos voces” de Fernando Quiñones, “El material humano” de Rodrigo Rey Rosa...)
  • Intermedialidad en la novelística hispánica (Ej. “La ley del amor” de Laura Esquivel, “El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia” de Patricio Pron...)
  • Narrar el cuerpo en la literatura. (Ej. “El cuerpo en que nací” de Guadalupe Nettel, “La invención del amor” de José Ovejero...)
  • Viaje y narración (Ej. “El viajero del siglo” de Andrés Neuman,  “Los ingrávidos” de Valeria Luiselli...)

 

Christophe Collard

  • Adaptation studies (theory and practice)
  • Contemporary American theatre and performance
  • Poetics of technology 
  • Semiotics, Semiology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Digital humanities
  • Hybrid genres
  • Media theory
  • Intermedial practice
  • Acting & performance theory
  • poetry and theory of poetry
  • modernist culture
  • comparative literature
  • European literature

 

Ronald Geerts

  • de scenarist(e) / het scenario beschreven:
    • studie van het werk/oeuvre van een scenarist
    • literaire auteurs als scenarioschrijvers (Claus, Conrad, Boon, Michiels, e.v.a.)
  • scenario-onderzoek: een of meerdere scenario’s, status, stijl, als proces, als adaptatie, etc.
  • adaptatie: van literatuur naar theater, van literatuur naar film/televisie, van film naar boek, van theater naar film, van film naar theater,...
  • intermedialiteit/transmedialiteit in theater, literatuur en film
  • theateronderzoek: figuren, gezelschappen, voorstellingen

 

David Gullentops

  • Juliette ou la clé des songes : analyse du scénario de film
  • Analyse de la scénographie chez Brel
  • Les Chansons de Bertrand Cantat : analyse
  • Le sens de la nourriture dans Les Flamandes d’Emile Verhaeren"
  • Présence et réception de Cocteau dans Les Lettres françaises (1944-1952)

 

Christian Laes (t.e.m. 2014-2015)

  • adaptaties van werken uit de Klassieke Oudheid (i.h.b. in het Latijn)

 

Cecilia Saerens 

  • adaptaties van werken uit de Klassieke Oudheid (i.h.b. in het Grieks)

 

Dirk Vandenberghe 

Alcuni ambiti di ricerca proposti allo studente:

1. Narrativa dell’Ottocento, del Novecento, del XXI secolo
2. Poesia dell’Ottocento e del Novecento
3. Teatro dell’Ottocento e del Novecento

I campi d’indagine sui quali verteranno le tesi: 

  • I modi e le forme della narrazione, del testo poetico, del testo teatrale
  • I temi e i motivi in letteratura
  • Traduzione letteraria

Alcuni argomenti possibili:

1.1. Narrativa – Bachelor 

  • La narrazione della storia e i modi della traduzione in due versioni del Doctor Antonio di Giovanni Ruffini (traduzione dall’inglese all’italiano).
  • Tecniche narrative e temi del verismo nelle novelle di Federico De Roberto (Processi verbali / L’albero della scienza).
  • Il romanzo-conversazione neoavanguardistico di Alberto Arbasino e la resa del “parlato”: le tre versioni di Fratelli d’Italia (l’analisi variantistica porterà su una campione di capitoli).
  • I rapporti tra letteratura e giornalismo all’inizio degli anni Novanta del Novecento: le opere d’esordio di: Gianfranco Bettin (L’erede) o di Sandro Veronesi (Occhio per occhio o Cronache italiane) o di Sandro Onofri (Vite di riserva).
  • La narrazione dela lotta armata in Il tempo materiale (2008) di Giorgio Vasta.
  • ...

1.2. Narrativa – Master

  • Il romanzo neosperimentale di Aldo Palazzeschi: modi narrativi, aspetti linguistico-stilistici e tematici (Il doge e Stefanino).
  • Accelerazioni del tempo narrativo nella letteratura degli anni Novanta del Novecento: Niccolò Ammaniti (Branchie), Isabella Santacroce (Fluo) e Domenico Scarpa (Occhi sulla graticola).
  • Saggistica e caratteri narrativi: analisi di alcuni volumi della collana “Contromano” (2004- ) dell’editore Laterza.
  • ...

2.1. Poesia - Bachelor

  • Il crepuscolarismo torinese ‘minore’: caratteri dell’”io” poetico, temi e forme poetiche in Carlo Chiaves (Sogno e ironia).
  • ...

2.2. Poesia - Master

  • Traduttori-poeti del primo Ottocento: Michele Leoni traduttore di Byron (La profezia di Dante) e la fortuna di Byron in Italia.
  • ...

3. Teatro - Master

  • Dalla poesia al teatro melodrammatico: la ‘riduzione’ di The Lady of the Lake di Walter Scott a libretto rossiniano (La donna del lago di Andrea Leone Trottola).
  • La fortuna di Shakespeare in Italia: i modi della traduzione nel Giulio Cesare di Giulio Carcano e la diffusione di Shakespeare intorno al 1850.
  • ...

Per conoscenza, gli àmbiti di ricerca del relatore Dirk Vanden Berghe, fino a oggi:

1.Narrativa della seconda metà dell’Ottocento, del primo e del secondo Novecento.
2.Poesia del primo Ottocento del primo Novecento.
3.Fortuna del teatro shakesperiano nel primo Ottocento.

 

Hans Vandevoorde (m.m.v. Elke Depreter, Lieselot De Taeye & Marc van Zoggel)

1.Eigen voorstel (auteur/boek/topic): bijv. ‘Ernest Claes en Honoré de Balzac over de ambtenaar’

2.Gemeenschappelijk onderwerpen (studenten werken grotendeels samen):

  • Het prozagedicht bij de Vlaamse vijftigers: Hugo Claus, Marcel Wauters, Albert Bontridder, Remy C. van de Kerckhove, Paul Snoek, …
  • Het prozagedicht in het interbellum: Richard Minne, Joris Vriamont, Aart van der Leeuw, Pierre Kemp, Hendrik Marsman, …
  • Reisproza (zie onder)

3.Keuze uit reeds afgebakende onderwerpen:

  • het thema van het ‘hart’ in de poëzie
  • het dilettantisme als begrip bij André de Ridder en Gust van Hecke
  • grafgedichten van Hugo Claus en/of Christine D’haen
  • de verschillende versies van Het verzonkene van Jeroen Brouwers
  • de uitgewerkte metaforen in Vallende ouders van A. F.Th. van der Heijden
  • Frans Kellendonks Mystiek lichaam in het licht van Suzanne Lilars opvattingen over huwelijk en liefde
  • de fantastische machine in het verhaal Libera nos van Maurice Gilliams
  • een vergelijking van Bordewijks Bint met Op de marmerklippen van Ernst Jünger
  • de ‘engelenmaakster’ in de Nederlandse letterkunde (o.a. Villa des Roses)
  • de Vlaamsche Hoogdagen van de Literatuur 13-15 november 1937
  • parallellen tussen het leidmotief 'verlangen' in verhalen van Nescio en in gedichten van J.C. Bloem (begeleiding: Marc van Zoggel)
  • W.F. Hermans' poëzie als 'romantisch-rationalistisch' (tijdschrift Criterium) (begeleiding: Marc van Zoggel)
  • surrealisme in Natuurgetrouw van Hugo Claus
  • André de Ridder en de architectuur van de stad

4.Keuze uit nog af te bakenen onderwerpen:

Cultuurhistorisch & literatuursociologisch

  • verbeelding van een stad (bijv. Brussel) in de poëzie/het proza
  • studie van een tijdschrift of literaire vereniging
  • receptiestudie van een Franstalig, Scandinavisch, Italiaans, Duits auteur in Vlaanderen (en/of Nederland)
  • representatie van ‘grote infrastructuurwerken’ in de literatuur bijv. van de Italiaanse moerassen onder Mussolini in Littoria van Carel Scharten
  • koffiehuis-/caféliteratuur
  • een literaire manifestatie

Poëzie:

  • genre: één verhalend gedicht (lijst beschikbaar per stroming of auteur)
  • gedichten die reageren op de cultuur van de eigen tijd (bijv. Marsman; Nijhoff; Roland Holst; Zwagerman, ...)
  • onderzoek van een bloemlezing
  • visuele poëzie

Proza: ‘fictie & feitelijkheid’: min. twee romans die behoren tot de

  • dagboekromans (lijst beschikbaar)
  • reisverslagen (bijv. Ernest Claes, Arthur Cornette, etc.)
  • fictieve brievenromans (lijst beschikbaar)
  • fictieve autobiografie (lijst beschikbaar)
  • fictieve kunstenaarsromans (lijst met romans beschikbaar)
  • documentaire romans (lijst met romans beschikbaar)
  • historische romans van de twintigste en eenentwintigste eeuw (lijst beschikbaar)
  • een brievenuitgave (annotatie van een twintigtal brieven van een literair auteur, met inleiding en verantwoording) bijv. brieven van Jan Walravens

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

The International Colloquium "Carlota de Bélgica, emperatriz de México. A 150 años del II Imperio / Charlotte de Belgique, impératrice du Mexique... il y a 150 ans (1864-1867)" was held on 24 april 2017 at the VUB with the participation of Vittoria Borsò, An Van Hecke, Sophie Dufays and Diana Castilleja. And on 25 April at Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, with the participation of Olivier Defrance, Coralie Vankerkhoven, Marc Quaghebeur and André Bénit.

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Lecture by Simon Richter (UPenn) on “‘Self-Expression’ and the Cook’s Body in Documentary Film”

On Tuesday, 25th of April 2017, 10.00 a.m., Prof. dr. Simon Richter (UPenn) gives a lecture at the VUB (room D.3.15), on “‘Self-Expression’ and the Cook’s Body in Documentary Film”.

Simon Richter is professor of German and Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Women, Pleasure, Film: What Lolas Want; Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy and the Body in the German Enlightenment; and Laocoon’s Body and the Aesthetics of Pain, as well as articles on German foodways and Hegel’s dialectic of digestion. At Penn, he occasionally teaches a popular course on food and film.

All are welcome to this lecture,

Peter Scholliers (FOST) / Hans Vandevoorde (CLIC/SEL)

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Prof. Reindert Dhondt (Universiteit Utrecht) holds the Cátedra Emile Lorand 2016-2017 for Spanish Studies. He will teach a course from 27 April until 5 May 2017 on the representation of violence and armed conflict in Colombian fiction from the end of the 20th century. 

Click here to see the flyer (in Spanish and Dutch). Organisation by Diana Castilleja (CLIC).

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On 1 December 2016, the lecture 'Visiones europeas del spanglish' by professor Silvia Betti (Università di Bologna) was organised by Diana Castilleja and Renata Enghels in the frame of the joint research project CROSS: 'Crossing the border between English and Spanish' (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Ghent University).

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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 2016 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 2016 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 Octoberfrom 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 2016 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 2016, 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016: 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 symposiumthat 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.

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Prof. Marie-Agnès Palaisi-Robert (Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès) held the Catedra Emile Lorand 2014-2015 for Spanish Studies. She teached a four day seminar on the Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza from 24 until 27 February 2015. Click here to see the flyer (in Spanish and Dutch). 

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On 28 November 2015, the Spanish writer Pablo Gutiérrez was the central guest of the conference"Literatura social en España. La crisis perpetua". The conference was organized by Diana Castillejain collaboration with the ULB, the Instituto Cervantes, the Consejería de Educación en Bélgica and the Spanish Ambassade.

On 17 March, CLIC co-organizes a twin conference on Intermediality: 'Literature and Media Innovation'. More precisely, our colleagues Johan CallensChristophe Collard andClaire 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 containscontributions 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.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 asymposium 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 foundhere.

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.

PAST EVENTS

WOLEC. On 14 January 2016 Bram Lambrecht (KU Leuven) will give a talk on: "Ik, jij, wij. De morele exemplariteit van Alice Nahons poëzie”.

In zijn lezing presenteert hij eerst beknopt de algemene lijnen van zijn promotieonderzoek over de encyclopedische, morele en artistieke autoriteit van middlebrow-literatuur uit het Nederlandse taalgebied tijdens het interbellum. Vervolgens spitst hij zich toe op een van zijn casussen: het kleine poëtische oeuvre van de populaire tussenoorlogse dichteres Alice Nahon. De centrale these van Brams presentatie luidt dat Nahons gedichten een veelzijdige morele – en vooral emotionele – autoriteit (willen) vervullen en dat het affectieve ethos van het lyrisch subject daarbij garant staat voor de geloofwaardigheid van die boodschap. De constructie van de identiteit en morele autoriteit van het lyrisch ik en de retorische technieken die daarbij worden aangewend, staan centraal in de analyse. Die wordt gestuurd door theoretische concepten als ‘exemplariteit’ (Bouju e.a. 2007, David 2010, Giavarini 2008) en ‘ethos’ (Amossy 2009 en 2010, Korthals Altes 2014).

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 Elke.Depreter@vub.ac.be or Thomas.Thoelen@vub.ac.be to confirm your presence. 

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WOLEC. On 19 November 2015 Claus Peter Neumann (Universidad de Zaragoza) gave a talk on: "Loving the Goat: Edward Albee’s The Goat; or, Who is Sylvia as representative American tragedy”.

Edward Albee’s play The Goat; or, Who is Sylvia has been interpreted as examining the boundaries of love and passion (Billington), as a challenge to Raymond Williams’s concept of liberal tragedy and, thus, to liberalism in general (Robinson), or as a modern-day version of Greek tragedy, the goat representing the Dionysian force of desire (Davin, Kuhn). Given the play’s subtitle (Notes toward a Definition of Tragedy), it is only to be expected that the last group yield the most convincing arguments. However, although these authors point out the play’s many evocations of Greek tragedy, they neglect the fact that the play is also full of metarepresentational moments that call attention to the play as a representation to an audience. In addition, the authors treat the play in universal terms. Thus, Kuhn reads it as representing “the amazing variety and range of humanity” (30). However, the references in the play are specifically American: the protagonist is a famous (fictional) American architect who is supposed to design a whole city in the American West, whstich, of course, evokes John Winthrop’s image of America as a city on a hill, a virtuous model that other countries would have to follow. 

Against this background, this presentation reads Albee’s play as a comment on American theatre (and, by extension, culture) in general. In fact, desire, represented by the Dionysian elements evoked by the play’s title and metatheatrical references, runs through the history of American theatre from George Cram Cooke’s and Susan Glaspell’s Supressed Desires (1915) to O’Neill’s Desire under the Elms (1924) and Mourning Becomes Electra (1931) – both of which, like Albee’s play, represent reworkings of Greek tragedies – to Tennessee Williams’s many plays on the issue in the 40s and 50s, to Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1983), to name only the most famous ones. In most of these plays, like in Albee’s, desire turns out to be a destructive force. Albee’s The Goat, on the surface a realistic family play (the main staple of American theatre), pinpoints desire as almost an obsession in American theatre. To explain this obsession we have to turn to Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy, which posits Greek tragedy as a tension between the Dionysian forces, on the one hand, and what Nietzsche calls the Apollonian forces, which represent the human aspiration towards a higher goal of individual refinement and significance (Nietzsche 37). This aspiration is the same as the one contained in the concept of Winthrop’s City on a Hill and reflects American self-conception as a project of continual self-improvement, as proposed early on in Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. Albee’s play, thus, becomes a comment on the conflict between the Dionysian and the Apollonian forces that lie at the heart of American theatre, culture and self-conception, turning the play into a quintessentially American tragedy.

 The lecture took place in room 5.C.406 on the VUB Etterbeek Campus, from 12 am till 1.30 pm. 

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On 6 October 2015 professor Birgit Neumann (Universität Düsseldorf) presented her research on ‘Postcolonial Ekphrasis and Counter-Visions in Derek Walcott’s Tiepolo’s Hound – Contact Zones, Contests and Translations’.

"My talk sets out to investigate visual practices in Derek Walcott’s long poem Tiepolo’s Hound, illustrating how an engagement with verbal-visual relations might add to our understanding of postcolonial aesthetics and reading experiences. I argue that the evocation of Eurocentric visual practices and their transfer into postcolonial literatures constitutes an act of intermedial and transcultural translation, which both acknowledges the influence of imposed models and subjects them to creative processes of ex-change. Verbal-visual relations open up a site of in-between-ness, a site of contact, contest and translation, which inform practices of cultural transformation. Seen from this perspective, text-image-configurations are central to what the French philosopher Jacques Rancière (2004, 13) called the “distribution of the sensible”, understood as “the system of a priori forms determining what presents itself to sense experience.” Accordingly, verbal-visual relations may intervene in the social fabric of existing medial configurations, reworking them in a way that allows readers to experience, see and imagine the world differently."

The lecture took place in room 5.C.402 (Profzaal) on the VUB Etterbeek Campus, from 1 till 2.30 pm. 

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On Tuesday 21 April, CLIC-member Janine Hauthal held a WOLEC lecture on 'Fictions of Europe: Transnational Discourses in Contemporary British Literature'.

When: 21 April 2015, 12 am till 1.30 pm

Where: Etterbeek Campus VUB, room 5.C.402 (Profzaal)

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Prof. Enrico Testa (Università di Genova) held the Cattedra Emile Lorand 2014-2015 for Italian Studies and teached a four day seminar from 23 until 26 March 2015 on varieties of literary language in the work of Italian novelists and poets since World War II.

Click here to see the flyer (in Italian and Dutch).

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On Friday 27 March, Nele Wynants (ULB/UA) gave a WOLEC seminar (in Dutch) on ‘Philosophical Toys: Optical illusion at Play in Theatre and Performance’. 

"The concept of play is not only indispensable to any questioning of theatrical aesthetics, but also affects decisive tendencies in the development of science and the cultural history of scientific experimentation. Designed to trick the mind, optical instruments such as mirrors, camera obscura’s and magic lanterns functioned as ‘philosophical toys’ or ‘objects to think with’. The latter concept is media artist Zoë Beloff’s, who refers to a variety of optical toys, kinetic toys and jouets séditieux that originated in the early nineteenth century, a period marked by increasing scientific interest in exploring the relationship between vision and perception. These instruments were found to have a popular as well as a scientific attraction. Contemporary performance and media artists show a remarkable interest in these old or obsolete optical media. By experimenting with these visual media, they playfully explore the potentialities and limits of perception thereby examining how ‘seeing’ works in today’s mediatized environment. Optical devices in the work of Benjamin Vandewalle, Julien Maire and Zoë Beloff can thus be considered contemporary incarnations of the ‘philosophical toy’. This paper will discuss how these contemporary optical performances continue a scientific tradition of scopic inquiry which tended to make a spectacle of its own experiments in which scientific and aesthetic approaches intersect."

More information can be found here.

When: 27 March 2015, 12 am till 1.30 pm

Where: Etterbeek Campus VUB, room 5.C.402 (Profzaal)

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Prof. Marie-Agnès Palaisi-Robert (Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès) holds the Catedra Emile Lorand 2014-2015 for Spanish Studies. She teached a four day seminar on the Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza from 24 until 27 February 2015. Click here to see the flyer (in Spanish and Dutch). 

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CLIC research partners THALIA, CLIV and SEL organised a seminar (in Dutch) on Friday 27 February, on the theatre production Empedokles by Theater Zuidpool. Speakers included CLIC members Claire Swyzen and Gys-Walt Van Egdom. Click here to see the programme.

When? Friday, 27 February 2015, 10.00 am until 12.30 pm

Where? Foyer Theaterzaal Vooruit, Ghent

How?  To participate, please send an e-mail to simon.leenknegt@ugent.be, and indicate 'inschrijving Empedokles' in the subject line

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The annual symposium of the Centre for Literature, Intermediality and Culture (CLIC)took place on 12 December 2014. This year’s edition focused on the interrelations between music and literature. In his keynote speech, Prof. Bruno Forment (SKAR, VUB/UGent) talked about the purposes certain stereotypical settings – gardens, prisons, temples/churches – served in opera and how those same settings affected literary genres such as the novel. Contributions by other speakers explored the relationship between music and literature from a more theoretical perspective and through specific case studies. These included operas based on a nineteenth-century Italian novel, a recent Oscar-nominated Belgian film as well as a 1993 dance production featuring music by Elvis Presley and Maurice Ravel.

Click here to see the poster.

When? Friday, 12 December 2014, 9.45 am until 4.30 pm

Where? VUB Campus Etterbeek, D2.01