The Making of Humanities VI | Oxford

MOH VI final conference booklet

International Board: Rens Bod, Christopher Celenza, Hent de Vries, Julia Kursell, Fenrong
Liu, Jaap Maat, Helen Small, Thijs Weststeijn
Local Organizing Committee: Helen Small, Hampus Östh Gustafsson, Laura Miller

The Society for the History of the Humanities

29th September 2017, Brittain Williams Room

Invisible Battles: The Political Stakes of Literary Theory in Eastern Europe

Chair: Julia Kursell (University of Amsterdam)

• Darin Tenev (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Language Models and the Study of
Literature (Bulgarian Guillaumist School vs. Roland Barthes and the Saussurean Legacy)
• Kamelia Spassova (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Transforming the Concept of
Mimesis: Yuri Lotman and Todor Pavlov
• Enyo Stoyanov (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Lines of Dissention: The Political
Dimensions of Bakhtin’s Early Reception
• Maria Kalinova (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Ideology Behind Our Back:
Ideologeme and Aesthetic Event
• Miglena Nikolchina (University of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”), Literary Theory in Action: the
Case of Metamorphosis

June Readings of the Sofia Literary Seminar with the Participation of Beata Stawarska

624th June, New Conference Room, University of Sofia,

19:00. Beata Stawarska.  Linguistic Encounters: the Performativity of Active Listening

25th June,  Sofia University Central Library

12:00~13:00. Miglena Nikolchina. Will You Stay Here: Commons Ex Machina

13:00~14:00. Enyo Stoyanov. Kristeva and Deleuze on the Notion of Process

14:00~15:00.  Darin Tenev. Theory and Modeling. Lévi-Strauss, Badiou, Kristeva and the Modeling Activity

15:00~16:00. Radosvet Kolarov.  Hesitation, Undecidability, and Desire for the Other

16:00~17:00. Kamelia Spassova.  Mimesis and Modeling: Lotman’s Double Structures

17:00~18:00. Discussion: Lotman, Kristeva, and the Question of Theory

The Linguistic Legacy in (Bulgarian) Literary Theory


The conference The Linguistic Legacy in (Bulgarian) Literary Theory will take place on 27-29 November 2014 in Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria. It is organized by the Sofia University Department of Literary Theory and the Department of Literary Theory at the Institute for Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It is the third conference in a sequence which began with The Elusive Object of Literary Theory: the Invisible School of Miroslav Yanakiev, Nikola Georgiev and Radosvet Kolarov [November 2012] and Enlightenment versus Ideologeme (Tzvetan Stoyanov, Atanas Natev, Dimitar Avramov) [November 2013]. The ambition of the forthcoming gathering is to be the next step in the anamnesis and re-functionalization of key terms, concepts and thinkers in the field of literary theory both in Bulgaria, where it had a vital role to play, and elsewhere.
The conference sets as its task the foregrounding of the interactions between literary theory and linguistics and the (d)effects of the current separation between the two fields in order to throw new light on the role of generative figures like Ferdinand de Saussure and Gustave Guillaume, on the controversies surrounding the Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin, on the seminal early work of Tzvetan Todorov and Julia Kristeva, on the multifarious influence of Yuri Lotman and the Tartu school, as well as the heterogeneous contribution of Bulgarian linguists (Georgi Gerdzhikov, Krasimir Manchev, Tzanko Mladenov, Yordan Penchev, Miroslav Yanakiev) to Bulgarian literary theory.
This specific perspective is expected to further the exploration carried out by the two previous forums and produce a more complex understanding of the theoretical context in the second half of the 20th century with a view to both the achievements of literary theory and the setbacks, criticisms  and blatant hostilities it has encountered. We believe that revisiting the political implications that literary theory used to have vis-à-vis ideological repression will bring into focus its potential for addressing the challenges that critical thinking faces today. Proposals for individual papers or panel discussions can be submitted at no later than 15.10.2014.

Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image

logo_lit.formenOn July 2, 2014 Darin Tenev presented a paper on “Modeling the Potentiality of the Literary Image” at the Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The paper was a follow-up to the most recent of a series of international workshops initiated by Robert Matthias Erdbeer, Ivan Popov and Darin Tenev and organized by the Departments of Literary Theory and of German Studies in the University of Sofia and the “Literarische Form” Graduate College in the Westfällische Wilhelms Universität Münster. The goal of this on-going project is to outline a new literary theory of models that could account for the generation and development of literary forms, and also for the history of literary criticism (in other words, to account for the very possibility of different readings and the effect these readings have had on literature). For a more detailed account of the work so far see WORKSHOPS ON LITERARY THEORY OF MODELS.