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Joyful Culture in Texts and Objects: New Perspectives on Carnival


17 March 2021

Responsable de l'activité

Lukas Erne


Prof. Lukas Erne, UNIGE

Dre Sarah Brazil, UNIGE


Prof. Katell Lavéant, University of Utrecht


This event in the spring semester of 2020 will take the form of a one-hour lecture and Q&A session (2-4pm) and an interactive doctoral workshop (4-7pm) on a Wednesday afternoon (tbd). Both events, which will take place in English, and will be open to all participants in the English Doctoral CUSO programme, will discuss the impact of Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque on scholarship, and will re-evaluate its impact on our understanding of joyful festivities in late medieval and early modern society. Though these periods have been the particular focus of Bakhtin's work on festive culture, students with an interest in his work, and how we might move beyond it, are invited to join one or both events. The examples, which will be taken from urban communities in France and in the Low Countries, will open up the wider European and comparative dimensions of the questions at hand. The sessions will offer new methods to combine the analysis of literary and archival texts with material objects, and will give a special attention to the latest developments in book history.





Deadline for registration 12.03.2021
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