This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

For further information, please check the programme's official website and the universities' websites on the Useful Links section on the left. If you wish to have a specific question answered, please click on Email here and submit your query.

Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Friday, 26 June 2009

St Andrews: Conference - 21C European Literature



21st-Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends


Organising body: St Andrews University School of Modern Languages

Convenor: Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton, Department of French

Subject convenors:

British literature: Dr Sarah Dillon (sjd16@st-andrews.ac.uk)

French-language literature: Prof. Margaret-Anne Hutton (mh80@st-


German-language literature: Dr Michael Gratzke (mg43@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Italian literature: Dr Rossella Riccobono (rmr8@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Russian literature: Dr Claire Whitehead (cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Spanish literature: Dr Ricardo Fernàndez (rfr1@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This major international conference offers scholars from six disciplines the rare opportunity to come together to discuss what is happening in European literatures now. We are seeking to map out emerging trends in a range of national literatures with a view to putting together inter-disciplinary panels which will reveal significant convergences, divergences and cross-fertilisations in literary trends across Europe.

The focus will be on post-2000 literature only. We invite you to tell us what is new, right now, in the national literature you research; what patterns are already discernible; what clusters of texts exploring common themes, ethical or aesthetic imperatives, theoretical or generic preoccupations, can be identified in the new millennium. This extreme contemporary approach opens up fields of enquiry that inevitably have to be explored speculatively. We encourage colleagues to take risks whilst adhering to good practice in literary scholarship. The aim is to position each literary text, author or topic presented in each paper within today’s cultural landscape. What is the trend? Why might it have emerged? What next?

To facilitate communication we will be asking all contributors to present their papers in English, though we may be in a position to offer some help with translation should this prove to be crucial.

The following list, which comprises just some of the possible trends which might be explored, should be regarded as neither exhaustive nor in any way prescriptive:

Writing the future

  • Responding to global risk
  • (Post-) apocalyptic fictions
  • Understanding time
  • A new ethics
  • Atheism and the messianic

Dealing with trauma

  • The event
  • Re-viewing WWII
  • Archiving and memorialising the past
  • Historical revisionisms
  • 9/11 and after

Re-working genres

  • Literary engagements with the canon
  • Return to modernism - the end of postmodernism
  • Science fiction in the mainstream
  • New takes on old genres (crime, thriller, romance, historical novel, saga, fairy-tale)
  • Literary engagements with theory
  • Skeuomorphism

Re-positioning Identities

  • (Post-) Autofictions
  • Blogosphere narratives: between essay and fiction
  • New sexualities - Post-queer
  • Family configurations
  • Urban / rural dialogues
  • Immigrant fictions
  • New (post-) nationalisms
  • Diasporic identities
  • The question of the animal
  • Science and technology

Submissions for papers and panels on any aspect of 21st- century literature are welcome. This includes prose, drama and poetry. The St Andrews Poetry Forum will be running panels concentrating on the newest developments in European poetry. Topics may include:

  • Musicality and poetry
  • Poetry and ethics
  • Self-poetry and autobiographisms
  • New mysticism
  • Political, performative and heteroglossic poetry
  • Gnoseological poetry
  • Reworking poetic classics

All poetry proposals should be send to Dr Rossella Riccobono (rmr8@st-andrews.ac.uk).


DATE for SUBMISSION: 1 September 2009

(i) Individual proposals

Should be of 300-400 words, and must be in English. Please also supply a short bio-bibliographical statement. Individual proposals should be submitted electronically to the appropriate subject convenor (above).

(ii) Panel proposals

Panels must cover at least three of the subjects (e.g. ‘post queer literature in France, UK and Germany’). One proposal (in English) of 400-500 words should be submitted electronically to the conference convenor (Prof. M-A Hutton).

Please also supply a short bio-bibliographical statement for each proposed speaker.

More information available at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/centres/iecis/forthcomingconference/

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Lisbon: Room available from August 2009

Dear Crossways students coming to Lisbon,

The room where I have stayed this semester will be available from August. If anyone is interested, please find the details below.

- room (approximately 6m2) in a 3-bedroom flat -- furniture: double bed, dresser, small desk and chair, bookshelf and side table;
- big kitchen;
- washing machine;
- big bathroom;
- wireless internet (good, fast connection);
- cable TV in the living room;
- in a renewed Art Deco (or so it looks to me :) building ;
- across the street from Anjos metro station;
- supermarkets nearby

Rent = 275€ per month, all expenses included. You're requested to pay two months at once in the first month as a sort of bond (caution), then you don't pay the last month.

To go to the university there are three options:

1) Walking 30-40 minutes;
2) Metro - Anjos (green line, across the street) until Campro Grande, where you get the yellow line to Campo Pequeno (university station). Total journey time: around 30 minutes;
3) Metro - Picoas (yellow line), 10-minute walk away. From Picoas it's just 2 stations to Campo Pequeno. Total journey time: 15-20 minutes;

The flatmates are a 36-year old Portuguese lady, who is very kind, easy-going and animated; and a 27-year-old Frenchman, who is a Biology PhD. They both speak English. The flat is calm, well-lit and very clean.

I've had a wonderful time there and definitely recommend it to anyone who is coming to Lisbon. Just let me know and I can put you in touch with them.

Warm regards,