Ursula Kluwick has invited Prof. Helga Ramsey-Kurz (University of Innsbruck) to give a guest lecture as part of an MA seminar entitled “Why Literature? Aims and Uses of Literature and Literary Studies”.
Her topic will be migration and refugee literature, especially the project ARENA, which she has created to bring together students and refugees in an effort to collaboratively write stories of migration. As the sea-route is still chosen by migrants seeking refuge, littoral spaces feature as frequent and important settings.
The talk will take place on the 27 November 2023, from 4-6pm. Watch this space for announcements regarding the possibility to attend the talk remotely.
Marion Troxler, the newest addition to our team, will be presenting her project as part of the seminar ‘Seas and Shores in Literature and Culture’, which is given by the Haunted Shores Project at Edinburgh Napier University. Her talk will be titled ‘Shifting Shores and Metamorphic Merfolk: Transformability as Resistance in Mermaid and Selkie Literature of the 20th-21st centuries.’
You can find more information on how to join the seminar online or in person on the project website.
As the northern hemisphere is moving into the season of frozen water, PD Dr. Ursula Kluwick will be hosting a Webinar on “The Blue Humanities: Aquatic Materialisations Beyond the Sea.”
If you would like to partake in the discussion on this recent development in the blue humanities, sign up on the EASLCE website.
As part of her seminar “‘System Change, Not Climate change’: The Rise of Cli-Fi.”, Guðrun í Jákupsstovu, and the rest of the project team, are welcoming Dr. Katie Ritson as a guest lecturer. She will be giving a talk surrounding Doggerland, the now sunken area of land between the British Isles and the Scandinavian nations, in literature.
Dr. Huma Yaqub, coming to Bern to work on her SNSF project, that takes a look at select Indian and Swiss Novels through the lense of the blue humanities, gave a guest lecture presenting her insights into some of those texts. The lecture was titled “Between Ebb and Flow Agency of Water, Politics and Environmental Justice.”
The project has invited Prof. Steve Mentz to hold a workshop for MA students about Blue Spaces that are not the ocean. After hearing from the Project’s own researchers, as well as from visiting scholar Dr. Huma Yaqub, about their projects, the students will present the results of the writing task “Tiny Ecologies”, as inspired by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s ASLE teaching Ressource, “Tiny Ecology”. https://www.asle.org/teaching_resources/tiny-ecology/
As part of the Lecture Series “On the Waterfront”, the project welcomed Prof. Dr. Steven Mentz as a guest lecturer.
You can now watch his lecture entitled “Oceans, Seas, Islands, Beaches: Toward a Poetics of Scale and Encounter in the Blue Humanities”, by clicking on the picture above, or under Project Output / Guest Lectures.
Ariane de Waal and Ursula Kluwick have co-edited a special issue on “Victorian Materialisms” for the European Journal of English Studies
See their introduction: https://doi.org/10.1080/13825577.2022.2044143 (Open Access until June 2022!)
For new littoral research, see Ann Garascia’s article on archiving oceanic memory in this special issue: https://doi.org/10.1080/13825577.2022.2044153
In conjunction with the English Department at the University of Bern, the project has organised a lecture series on the topic of the Waterfront. Students get literary perspectives of the British waterfront from the medieval and early modern perspective as well as a modern one, as well as an insight into North American Literary representations of it. From a language perspective, the Waterfront is presented to influence sociolinguistics and social semiotics.
Ursula Kluwick and Jens Martin Gurr’s co-edited special issue on interdisciplinary literary studies is now online and open access. Not directly beach-related, but with articles about ecocriticism. Open Access at: https://angl.winter-verlag.de/current_issue/ANGL
Fabienne Blaser decided to leave our project team to pursue a different career path.
Prof. Dr. Virginia Richter’s Article “Seaside Resort Blues: The English Seaside in the 1930s.” is now available under https://doi.org/10.30608/HJEAS/2021/27/1/4
Dr. Alexandra Campbell gave a fascinating talk with the title “‘Sacrified to Flow’: Waste, Water and Volumetric Power in Documentary Poetry.”
You can now watch this under Project Output / Guest Lectures.
Our project team invited Prof. Nicholas Allen for a guest lecture on Irish coasts, titled: “The Water’s Speech: Literature at the Water’s Edge.” Under Project Output / Guest Lectures, you can find a recording of the lecture.
To mark the end of the “Oceanic Studies”-course, we invited Prof. John Brannigan from University College Dublin gave a lecture, titled “Blue Frontiers. The Coastal Imaginary in the Age of Environmental Catastrophe.” More than 80 people came to see him.
Prof. Virginia Richter, our PI, teaches a workshop on oceanic studies. All team members, as well as a mix of MA and PhD students attend.
Due to lower Covid-numbers the Project Team meets in a Restaurant and has Lunch together. The project is officially launched!