Unsettling Communities: Minor, Minority and Small Literatures in Europe

23-24 February 2017


This conference focused on the comparative study of content, form, status, and reception of ‘minority’ writing in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. Speakers from Europe, Australia and the North America joined us in London to present their research on a wide variety of ‘minority’ writings. The event included a special reading and conversation with award-winning author Barbara Honigmann, supported by the Coffin Fund.


Keynote 1 – Peter Morgan (Sidney) – Ismail Kadare and Eastern European Literature

Keynote 2 – Stefan Willer (Berlin) – ‘Nordisch by Nature?’ Current Low German Literature and its Institutions

Reading / Conversation with Barbara Honigmann

Panel 1: Writing Europe’s Eastern Border – Uilleam Blacker (UC, London) and Pamela McCallum (Calgary)

Panel 2: Mapping Europe 2 – Sheila Petty (Regina, Canada), Jocelyn Wright (Austin, TX) and Corinne Fowler (Leicester)

Panel 3: Translation – Liesl Yamaguchi (Princeton)

Panel 4: Contesting Spaces – Bruno Levasseur (Roehampton) and Claire Chambers (York)

Panel 6: Complicating Reception – Dragos Jipa (Bucharest) and Elisa Serra Porteiro (Cork)



Find out more about the Translingual Minorities strand