The new MLA Forum TC: History & Literature seeks to open up a space to consider the complex relationship between these two disciplines. Whereas literary history is one expression of the synergy between history and literature, the forum’s primary focus will be on creating a sustained conversation about how two distinct disciplines inform each other’s methodologies and shape innovative interdisciplinary research. Described in broad strokes, we can distinguish historical inquiry as being concerned with the documentation of actual events, whereas literature’s engagement with history is interpretative, based on the reading of texts (construed broadly here as they could be images, film, and other forms).

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    Call for Papers: SPEAKING AS THE 'OTHER': CALLIOPE International Conference, University of Helsinki: 10-12 May 2021

    "SPEAKING AS THE ‘OTHER’: Coloniality, Subalternity, and Embodied Political Articulations"

    (late 18th – early 20th centuries)

    10-12 May 2021

    Live in Helsinki and online

    This multidisciplinary conference seeks to examine performative, embodied and acoustic histories of articulating political representation and colonial ‘otherness’. To that end, we intend to extend the focus of the conference beyond established Anglophone analyses of the metropole and colony, and indeed, beyond the disciplinary pre-eminence of Anglophone postcolonial studies.

    The conference is planned to be held live at Metsätalo Lecture Hall 4, Unioninkatu 40, University of Helsinki, and online.

    For further details, including the full text of the Call for Papers, please have a look at the conference website:

    Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute individual papers, and 500 words for panels or roundtables, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), via the following link:

    The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 21st November 2020. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by 16th December 2020.

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

    Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge), Barnita Bagchi (Utrecht University), Ananya Jahanara Kabir (King's College London), and Sophie White (University of Notre Dame)

    Special session:

    'Le Thinnai Kreyol': Ari Gautier in conversation with Ananya Jahanara Kabir

    Musical intermezzo:

    Sergio Andrés Castrillón A. (University of Helsinki)


    The CALLIOPE Team

    'CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire', funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

    Department of Cultures

    University of Helsinki