Unsettling Communities: Minor, Minority and Small Literatures in Europe
Last month ULIP’s Kate Averis was involved in leading the Unsettling Communities conference, bringing together scholars from across the modern languages at the School of Advanced Study for two days of study into the content, form, status, and reception of minority literatures in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Organised by Malachi McIntosh (Cambridge) and Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR), the event was hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research as part of the Manchester-led ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Re-Shaping Community’ project, which is supported by an AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative grant.
The conference took a comparative approach to minor and minority literatures, offering a continent-spanning consideration of writers and writing from small communities across Europe. Dr Averis led one of the conference’s three overarching themes, Circulation and Readership and moderated two panels on Translation and Complicating Reception, which sparked discussion of literature’s aesthetic and political power to unsettle communities in the spaces of readership and circulation, as much as in those of authorship and representation. Dr Averis will also act as a sub-editor for the collaborative publication arising from the proceeds of the conference.
The full conference report is available to read here.