Previous Conferences

Crisis and Beyond: Imaginaries, Narratives, Anticipations

A Symposium hosted by the Department of English, Uppsala University
28 June until 1 July 2017

SH 7-0043, Engelska Parken, Uppsala University

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International Symposium on Eco-Catastrophe

8 May 2017

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Cultures of Security - A Symposium

August 20-22, 2015. Engelska Parken, SH 7-0042

Security is one of the major keywords of our contemporary era. From homeland and human security to climate, cyber, and social security, the term has proved adept at travelling between different milieus, even as it remains surprisingly resistant to definition. This symposium explores the cultural reverberations of security and securitization practices, as well as the forms of life and modes of governance they elicit. What kinds of cultures are produced by different security ecologies? How do different cultural forms and practices respond or contribute to security regimes? Or reveal about the logic of security, its threats, jurisdiction, and history? And what imaginative practices might be put into play to enable a different view of the world? In addressing these questions, this event provides the opportunity for open-ended speculations on how security concerns and narratives have migrated to literature and other media.

Confirmed speakers currently include: Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University); Susana Araújo  (University of Lisbon); Dale Bauer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Frida Beckman (Stockholm University); Clare Birchall (King’s College London); Marc Botha (Durham University); Michael Boyden (Uppsala University); Anthea Buys (Wits University); Russ Castronovo(University of Wisconsin-Madison); Brad Evans (Bristol University); Ronit Frenkel(University of Johannesburg); Dino Galetti (University of Johannesburg); Maria Lauret (Sussex University); Gillian Harkins (University of Washington); Doug Haynes (Sussex University); Gordon Hutner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Robert Marzec (Purdue University); Wendy MacMahon (UEA); John Masterson (Sussex University); Timothy Melley (University of Miami); Ryan Palmer (Uppsala University); Natalie Paoli (Wits University); Kristen Rau(Uppsala University); Mark Seltzer (UCLA); Michael Titlestad (Wits University); Karl van Wyk (Wits University); Johannes Voelz (Goethe U Frankfurt am Main); David Watson (Uppsala University); Merle Williams (Wits University). This list is subject to change.

This symposium forms part of the STINT-funded collaborative project Fictions of Threat: Speculation, Security and Surviving the Now, involving the University of Sussex (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). It is sponsored by STINT and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Reverberations of Revolution

September 22, 2014


  • Professor Wil Verhoeven, University of Groningen: “Americomania and the French Revolution: Debate in Britain, 1789-1802”
  • Dr Elizabeth Amann, Ghent University: “Dandyism in the Age of Revolution: The Art of the Cut”.
  • Dr David Watson, Uppsala University: “The People’s Remains: Lydia Maria Child and the Demise of Popular Sovereignty”.
  • Dr Michael Boyden, Uppsala University: “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Uses of Revolution”.
  • Professor Nancy Armstrong, Duke University: “‘Property Cannot be Defended’: A Ground for American Fiction”.

Word-Image Interactions in Literature: Practices, Theories, Methodologies

May 22, 2014


  • Professor Jan Baetens, KU Leuven-University: “Comics Adaptations of Literary Classics: the Case of Trollope / Maupassant”.
  • Nina Ernst, Lund University: “Meta-Narrative Strategies in Graphic Memoirs”.
  • Professor Gabriele Rippl, University of Bern: “Functions of Ekphrasis in Postcolonial and Migrant Literatures”.
  • Professor Renate Brosch, University of Stuttgart: “Turning readers into Viewers: The Cognitive Experience of Ekphrasis”.
  • Dr Igor Tchehoff, Uppsala University: “Art in Caravaggio Novels: Ekphrasis, Inspiration, Illustration”.
  • Dr Christina Kullberg, Uppsala University: “Imagining the Tropics: Hypotypose and Plates in 17th-Century French Travelogues”.
  • Dr Christer Larsson, Uppsala University: “Who Reads Comics Today? Strategies for Reading Words and Pictures”.
  • Professor Danuta Fjellestad, Uppsala University: “Found, Fabricated, and Quirky: Photographs in Contemporary Narratives”.

The Futures of the Present: New Directions in American Literature and Culture

May 16-17, 2013

The flow of time is always producing different pasts and different futures that bind each other.

Elena Esposito,The Future of Futures 

It has become a critical commonplace that postmodernism no longer serves as an adequate designation for contemporary literature. What comes after postmodernism? What tendencies within contemporary literature promise to be central to tomorrow’s literary discussions? How do contemporary literary cultures attempt to manage their own futures? How can future-orientated practices be made legible and readable within the present? By inviting imaginative and open-ended speculations on these questions, the symposium offers a forum for discussing how literary futures are shaped by contemporary practices. Of central importance is the issue of how contemporary technologies (new channels of creation, distribution, and archiving) as well as socio-cultural and political conditions configure literary production today.

Conference: "The United States and China: Friends, Foes, or Frenemies?"

May 25-26, 2012

Mini-symposium “Gaming the Humanities”

May 28, 2012

The event is organized by Peter Waites

09.15-9.30: Welcome address
09.30-10.15: Stephanie Boluk, Vassar College
10.15-10.30: Coffee Break
10.30-11.15: Patrick LeMieux, Duke University

11.30 – 13.00: Lunch (for members of the E[D]M Working Group)

13.15-14.45: Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
15.00-16.00: Open Reception (English Department Common Room)

16.00-17.45: E[D]M Post-Symposium Working Group Meeting

VENUE: English Park Campus, Room 16-0042

"Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs? The American Dilemma from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama": Symposium highlighting the United Nations Day 

October 24, 2011

The Department of English, The English Society, The Department of History, and SALT would like to welcome you to a day commemorating the important achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America.

2011 is an important date in the ongoing story of civil rights in America. It marks the fiftieth anniversary of both President Kennedy?s important directive to abolish racial discrimination in the hiring practises of federal agencies and departments, and the beginning of the famous Freedom Rides, an iconic moment of the Civil Rights Movement. The annual United Nations day on October 24th provides a fitting occasion on which to celebrate and interrogate the development of civil rights in the half-century that has passed since these momentous events.

October 24, 09.15-13.00
Venue: English Park Campus, room 7-0043


  • 09.15 -0 9.30 welcoming speeches
  • 09.30 - 10.30 Ed Ayers, University of Richmond: From the Civil War to Civil Rights in the American South
  • 10.30 - 10.45 coffee & tea break
  • 10.45 - 11.15 Danuta Fjellestad, Uppsala University: Imaging Civil Wrongs
  • 11.15 - 12.10 Erik Åsard, Uppsala University: Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson: Two Different Visions of the American Community
  • 12.10 - 12.40 William R. Stewart, the U.S Embassy: Protecting Civil Rights Abroad: Human Rights and American Foreign Policy from WWII to the Present