The Department of German at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute will be hosting a public lecture by Professor Nina Berman from the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University. The lecture entitled ‘The Cool Empire: German Turcomania in the 17th and 18th Centuries’ will take place at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on 18 June 2014 at Michael Sadler Building Seminar Room LG.15. By exploring the interplay between German textual discourses and social, political, and economic practices and materiality, Professor Berman’s analysis offers insights that challenge accepted approaches to the study of literature, particularly approaches that insist on the centrality of the linguistic construction of the world.
The lecture will be followed by two responses by Dr James Hodkinson, University of Warwick and Dr Frauke Matthes, University of Edinburgh. A wine reception sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association will conclude the event.
Visit the website for details.