Cultural Literacy in Europe
First set up in 2007 by the European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee for the Humanities, Cultural Literacy in Europe ran as an ESF-COST synergy 2009-2012, to investigate the following questions:
- What is the current state of the field of literary studies in Europe?
- What is the interdisciplinary field of ‘literary and cultural studies’ (LCS) and what are its relationships to other fields?
- How is LCS already active in European society, in the form of ‘cultural literacy’?
- How can we develop and extend the contribution of LCS to Europe and its challenges?
A group of ESF and COST academics ran international interdisciplinary workshops in four areas of LCS research:
- Cultural memory
- Migration & Translation
- Electronic textuality
- Biopolitics, biosociality and the body
The initial two outcomes were an ESF-COST Science Policy Briefing, published in January 2013 and a volume of seventeen essays, From Literature to Cultural Literacy, coedited by Naomi Segal and Daniela Koleva, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.
At present, the project’s Steering Committee aims to implement the first two recommendations of the Science Policy Briefing:
- Recommendation 1: Create a biennial Cultural Literacy conference series (see www.cleurope.eu/conference)
- Recommendation 2: Inaugurate a European Forum for LCS research (this mailing list is part of the activities connected to the establishment of this forum)
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