Previous Conferences

Is Economic Inequality Also a Literary Problem? An International Conference on Culture, Society and Economy

Uppsala University
26 – 28 October, 2017

Conference website

Intermedia Ulysses: A Half-Day Symposium

Friday, 5 May 2017, 13.00-17.00
Rm 7-0042, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Engelska parken


Intimate Modernism

29-31 October, 2015
Engelska parken, room 7-0042, Uppsala University

Intimacy has become a key term in the academic discourse of this century. Across various disciplines, it has proved to be crucial in accounts of contemporary affective, political and ethical relations. Intimacy can no longer be seen as a merely private sphere of human life independent of socio-political realities; it is, rather, the very nexus in which private and public converge. Many of these intersections can be traced back to the first decades of the twentieth century, and the symposium “Intimate Modernism” provides a forum for inquiry into intimacy as a yet understudied dimension of modernist aesthetic and social practices. By attending to the radically new forms of intimate relations problematised in modernist writing, the symposium addresses their historical emergences and aesthetic configurations in the contact zones between egalitarianism and totalitarianism, radicalism and reaction. As the symposium title indicates, “Intimate Modernism” also explores the resonance of modernist intimacies in our own time.

Confirmed speakers include: Judith Allen (University of Pennsylvania); Todd Avery (University of Massachusetts Lowell); Sanja Bahun (University of Essex); Jessica Berman (University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Amy Bromley (University of Glasgow); Claire Davison-Pégon (Sorbonne Nouvelle University); Axel Englund (Stockholm University); Laura Frost (The New School, New York); Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow); Marius Hentea (University of Gothenburgh); Elsa Högberg (Uppsala University and University of Glasgow); Laura Marcus (Oxford University); Justus Nieland (Michigan State University); Bryony Randall (University of Glasgow); Derek Ryan (University of Kent); Lisa Siraganian (Southern Methodist University); Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow); Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia); Anna Watz (Linköping University); Jesse Wolfe (California State University, Stanislaus). This list is subject to change.

The symposium forms part of a collaboration between the Department of English, Uppsala University, and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It is sponsored by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and LILAe.

Europe Made in Africa: The Congo Free State in European Culture – A Symposium

20 September 2014


  • Professor Bernard Porter, University of Hull: “The Congo Reform Association”.
  • Dr Rob Burroughs, Leeds Metropolitan University: “King Leopold’s African Soldiery in Late-Nineteenth-Century Humanitarian Discourse and Popular Culture”.
  • Bambi Ceuppens, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium: “African Photographers in the Congo Free State”
  • Professor Susanne Gehrmann, Humboldt University: “Beyond Conrad. King Leopold’s Congo in European Literature”.
  • Christian Abrahamsson, Lund University: “Creating Blank Spots on a Map: Imagining the Congo in the Bulletin Societé Royale Belge de Géographhie, 1877-1885”.
  • Professor Stefan Jonsson and Professor Peo Hansen, Linköping University: “A Past that Europe Forgot: Belgian Congo and French Africa as the Foundation of European Integration, 1945-1960.

In cooperation with Forum for Africa Studies, Uppsala University.

12th Nordic Conference of English Studies:
"Places and Non-Places of English"

October 10 – 13, 2013

Terrorism and the Literary Imagination - An International Symposium

September 7-8, 2012

Sponsored by the Department of English, Uppsala University; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond; Vetenskapsrådet; and SALT, Uppsala University

‘To sleep . . .’  -  A Symposium

March 5, 2012, 11:00-16:00

English Park Campus, Centre for the Humanities Thunbergsv 3 L, Uppsala, Uppsala University

11:00 – 12.15 Room 7-0043

Garrett Sullivan, Penn State University (USA):
‘Sleep, Vitality and the Human in the English Renaissance’

13:30 – 16:00 Room 16-0042

Michael Greaney, Lancaster University (UK):
‘Dickens and the Comedy of Sleep’

Hilary Hinds, Lancaster University (UK):
‘Together and Apart: Twin Beds and Nineteenth-Century Sleep Hygiene’

‘Relocating Ethics’ The 2009 Summer Symposium of Literature and Theory

31 May - 6 June, 2009

The 2009 symposium takes as its topic the notion of “Relocating Ethics.” More than a decade after the “ethical turn” in criticism and theory, much of recent scholarship is still concerned with ethical issues as they pertain to literature, theory, visual culture and contemporary society. The 2009 Summer Symposium of Literature and Theory will offer a forum for reviewing and reconsidering the concept of ethics and ethical criticism within a contemporary framework. This framework is defined by not only new ways of thinking about ethics, but also by global movements and developments such as globalization and a resurgence of ethnic conflicts presenting urgent challenges and questions to ethical criticism. The following cluster of issues will be discussed:

  • Ethical criticism and its relation to literature, narrative, reading, and literary criticism;
  • Theorizing the ethical: the poststructuralist paradigm and beyond;
  • Visual and digital media and the ethics of seeing, and the place of ethics within a culture of the spectacle;
  • The ethical dimensions of the cultural politics of emotion, affect, and corporeality;
  • The role of ethics within discourses of cosmopolitan citizenship, the transnational, globalization, forced migration and diaspora, travel, mobility, and other spatial practices and narratives;
  • Ethics in our contemporary world, and its relevance to discussions of politics, postcolonial violence, gender, biopolitics, terror, torture, and human rights;
  • Beyond the ethical paradigm: the usefulness of violence, irresponsibility and the improper.

All graduates and researchers in Sweden working in areas related to the symposium may apply to participate. Applications will be assessed according the relevance of the applicant’s research to the topic of the symposium. Participants will work with a core faculty of distinguished theorists and take part in a series of workshops, roundtable discussions, and lectures. Activities will include:

  • Workshops on the various subsidiary themes of the symposium;
  • Daily lectures by Swedish and visiting scholars to which Swedish researchers will act as respondents, and which will be open to the general public;
  • Special roundtable sessions where central questions related to the theme of the symposium will be discussed.

Unlike the usual conference/lecture situation, it is expected that foreign and Swedish participants will be actively involved in workshops, lectures, and roundtable discussions for the duration of the symposium.


  • Kari Andén-Papadopoulos (Stockholm University)
  • Louise Bethlehem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Tina Chanter (DePaul University)
  • Claire Colebrook (Edinburgh University)
  • Nick Couldry (University of London)
  • Paul Gilroy (London School of Economics
  • Achille Mbembe (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Mark Sanders (New York University)
  • Henry Turner (Rutgers University)
  • Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University)

The organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial and administrative support of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the SALT forum for advanced studies, Uppsala University and the Department of English at Uppsala University.