29 June 2017

World literature meeting at HUM this July

From 3 to 26 July almost 150 researchers and students from all over the world will meet at South Campus , when the faculty and Department of Arts and Cultural Studies host the Harvard Summer School Institute of World Literature (IWL).

Over the last few years, IWL has become a leading institution within literature studies and a unique meeting place for scholars from all over the world, and it is, according to IWL's leader, Professor David Damrosch, an obvious choice to have the summer school in Denmark:

-Being the home of some of the world’s literary heavy weights – from Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and Georg Brandes to Karen Blixen and Inger Christensen – Denmark and UCPH is an ideal location for our summer school, he says.

Open events

The events of the IWL summer school range from seminars and conferences for the participants to lectures and talks, which are open to the public and free of charge:

  • 3/7: Professor David Damrosch (Harvard): “What Isn’t World Literature? Problems of Language, Context, and Politics" (opening lecture).
  • 5/7: Author Madame Nielsen: "The Endless Summer" (reading and interview).
  • 12/7: Professor Sara Danius (The Swedish Academy): "How to get the Nobel Prize in Literature" (lecture)
  • 17/7: Professor Mads Rosendahl Thomsen (AU): "Complexity and Coherence in World Literature" (lecture).
  • 24/7: Susan Stanford Friedman (University of Wisconsin-Madison): " Blending ”new” World Literature and Migration Studies. Cosmopolitanism, Religion, Diaspora in the 21st Century ". (Lecture)

All events take place 17-19 in Multisalen (building 21) at UCPH’s South Campus, Karen Blixens Vej 1, DK-2300 Copenhagen S.

See the full programme and read more about IWL at the Harvard University website

This year’s summer school is organized by the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Harvard University.