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27 November 2023

Guest Lecture Prof. Helga Ramsey-Kurz

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. 

27 November 2023
24 May 2023

Talk at Seminar "Seas and Shores in Literature and Culture"

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.

24 May 2023
01 December 2022

Webinar "The Blue Humanities"

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.

01 December 2022
22 November 2022

Guest Lecture Dr. Katie Ritson

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. 

22 November 2022
23 Mai 2022

Guest Lecture Dr. Huma Yaqub

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.”

23 Mai 2022
5 Mai 2022

MA-Workshop: Beyond Salt Water: Ice, Humidity, and Human Bodies of Water

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/ 

5 Mai 2022
April 2022

Special Issue

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 

April 2022
Spring Semester 2022

Lecture Series: On the Waterfront: Literary and Linguistic Perspectives

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. 

Spring Semester 2022
December 2021

Special Issue

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

December 2021
November 2021

Team Changes

Fabienne Blaser decided to leave our project team to pursue a different career path.

November 2021
June 2021

Article published open access

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

June 2021
05 May 2021

Guest Lecture Dr. Alexandra Campbell

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.

05 May 2021
29 April 2021

Guest Lecture Prof. Nicholas Allen

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.

29 April 2021
Spring 2021

"Reading the Beach"-Workshop

Part two of the workshop series taught by Prof. Virginia Richter.
Spring 2021
18 November 2020

Guest Lecture & Workshop Prof. John Brannigan

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.

18 November 2020
Autumn 2020

Oceanic Studies Workshop

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.

Autumn 2020
1 August 2020

Kick Off

Due to lower Covid-numbers the Project Team meets in a Restaurant and has Lunch together. The project is officially launched!

1 August 2020