Literary Studies at KU: Projects, Practices, Provocations

Annual conference

Every year Stefanie Heine, Maria Damkjær and Tina Lupton gather literature researchers from across the University of Copenhagen for a collegiate conference.


08:30 Setting up
09:00 Panel 1


  • Sune Auken: Genre and sustainability in Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel
  • Maria Damkjær: Fantasy Book Culture
  • Jan Gustafsson: Ecosemiotics and materiality in literature
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Panel 2


  • Troels Andersen: Reading Utopia: Rainald Goetz and Ernst Bloch
  • Anton Juul: “It lasts forever”: On temporality and “conservative” promiscuity in Techno
  • Lars Troels Møller: Lucía Sánchez Saornil and Judith Butler: Transgressing the heterosexual matrix through poetry
12:30 Lunch sponsored by ENGEROM
13:30 Panel 3


  • Mons Bissenbakker: “I will never write what they ask me at the clinic” – Narrative strategies against the cisgender gaze
  • Linus Nikolaj Carlsen: Autism as Strategic Metaphor
  • Tobias Skiveren: The Doxa of Dignity: Dying Well with Susan Sontag and Maria Gerhardt
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Panel 4


  • Martyn Bone: (Neo)colonialism, Racial Classification, and “Negro” Activism in Tiphane Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning
  • Christian Dahl: Cervantes’ Persiles: Undoing History with the Greek Novel
  • Emilie Dybdal: “To All the Children Who Have Had to Forget Themselves”: Exploring Colonial Guilt and Forgiveness in Iben Mondrup’s Greenland Trilogy
18.00 Dinner at Scarpetta (at own expense; price DKK 300 per person. Please sign up by 15 February by emailing Maria Damkjær)


Stefanie Heine (Department of Arts and Cultural Studies)

Maria Damkjær (Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies)

Tina Lupton (Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies)