"Texts and Events across Borders"

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Final Conference of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program TEEME from May 24 to 26, 2018, at Freie Universität Berlin

No 111/2018 from May 23, 2018

To mark the end of the Erasmus Mundus doctoral program TEEME (Text and Event in Early Modern Europe), a final conference will be held from May 24 to 26 at Freie Universität Berlin. The participants are doctoral supervisors, doctoral students, alumni, and international guests of the program. The discussions will focus on early modern borders, demarcations, and transgressions, as well as the current reception of such discourses, texts, and events. The concept of border is consciously defined broadly and includes phenomena of early modern migration and cultural exchange as well as conceptions of boundaries and processes of dissolution in a political, cultural, or aesthetic sense. The conference language is English. It is public, and admission is free.

To kick off the conference, a lecture will be held on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the Seminar Center, Room L115, by Professor Margaret Litvin (Boston University / EUME Fellow). The lecture topic is "Sudden and More Strange Return: When Arab Shakespeare Comes into English." Litvin will trace the multifarious cultural and linguistic transgressions of Shakespeare’s dramas in the 20th and 21st centuries. In doing so, she will draw on their reception in the Arab world and the recent return of such "Arab Shakespeares" in the Western world. On Friday and Saturday, in addition to plenary lectures by Professor Andreas Mahler (Institute of English Language and Literature, Freie Universität Berlin), Professor Claudia Jarzebowski (Friedrich-Meinecke Institut, Freie Universität Berlin), and Dr. Alexander Soetaert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), there will be five panels with shorter presentations. The lectures and presentations will deal with topics such as fictional border crossings, early modern translations, the "journeys" of early modern literary texts, or even the problems of home and exile.

The conference marks the conclusion of the Erasmus Mundus doctoral program TEEME, which has been running since 2011, and has involved the universities of Kent (U.K.), Porto (Portugal), Karls-Universität Prag (Czech Republic), and Freie Universität Berlin. Over a five-year period, the interdisciplinary program supported doctoral theses with a comparative or transnational perspective in the fields of history, cultural studies, and literary studies that were written by graduate students from around the world and dealt with the early modern period in Europe as well as its reception in the modern age.

Conference Website

www.geisteswissensch­aften.fu-berlin.de/en/v/teemeconference2018

Website of the TEEME Program

www.teemeurope.eu/


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