Unsettling Communities: Minor, Minority and Small Literatures in Europe

23 February 2017, 10.00am - 24 February 2017, 6.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Organisers: Malachi McIntosh (Cambridge) and Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR)

Following on from a successful cross-language and cross-culture symposium held in October 2015 (‘Interpreting Communities: Minority Writing in European Literary Fields’), this conference will focus on the comparative study of content, form, status, and reception of ‘minority’ writing in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. It aims to offer a continent-spanning consideration of writers and writing from small communities in Europe. By building upon and challenging Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of ‘minor’ literature and other aligned theories, the conference aims to find new ways of analysing texts produced by writers who have been ascribed ‘minority’ status and will explore the aesthetic and political power of literature to represent, re-formulate and shape communities.

This event is organised under the auspices of the Open World Research Initiative ‘Translingual Communities’ research project, funded by the AHRC.

Conference fees:

Both days: 

£60 (standard)

£50 (Friends of Germanic Studies / Italian at the IMLR)

£20 (students).

1 day only: 

£35 (standard)

£30 (Friends of Germanic Studies / Italian at the IMLR)

£15 (students)

There will be a conference dinner on Thursday 23 February, which carries an additional charge of £30. Please pay in advance during online registration.

Conference programme


Jo Bradley
020 7862 8833