Panel discussion at Litteraturhuset with Vera Tobin, Natalia Igl, Ylva Østby and Karin Kukkonen

Panel discussion at Litteraturhuset, 27 February 2019, with Vera Tobin, Natalia Igl, Ylva Østby and Karin Kukkonen (f.l.t.r.) | © Olivia Fialho

This section informs about upcoming and previous events under the "Readers as Observers" project, such as workshops and conferences.

To introduce the project's topics and results to a broader public and foster discussions over and above the boundaries of research communities, the events also include guest lectures and roundtable discussions at spaces such as Oslo's House of Literature or the National Library.


Illustrating literature's materiality
Time and place: June 17, 2020June 18, 2020, more details t.b.a.

Together with invited guest lecturers Liedeke Plate, Professor of Culture and Inclusivity at Radboud University, and Miranda Anderson, Anniversary Fellow in Philosophy at University of Stirling, the workshop explores the interplay of literature, material culture, and cognition.

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Time and place: Mar. 19, 2020 10:00 AM12:00 PM, Seminar room 14, P.A. Munchs hus

This event has been cancelled to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In her lecture, Sarah Bo Trasmundi, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, speaks on the embodied, distributed and dialogical aspects of reading.

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Time and place: Sep. 26, 2019 4:00 PM, National Library of Norway, Oslo

To understand the means and ends of readers being positioned as observers in multimodal texts, it is fruitful to take a closer look at crucial constellations within historical print cultures. The Weimar Republic periodical Die literarische Welt (1925-1933) turns to the reader as a 'literary citizen', presenting a panoramic view and a polyphonous forum of conversation.

A small sample of different magazine pages.
Time and place: Mar. 26, 2019 9:30 AM4:30 PM, UiO, Niels Henrik Abels hus, 10th floor, room 1000
Literature comes in different shapes and sizes – and in the form of different media. The great importance of periodicals and illustrated magazines as media of literature has yet long been overlooked.
Portrait of Professor Gustav Frank
Time and place: Mar. 25, 2019 3:00 PM5:00 PM, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, 0254 Oslo

Gustav Frank, Professor of German Literature and Media Studies, gives an introduction into the field of periodical studies and asks about the complex interplays of literature and periodicals.

Portrait of Professor Vera Tobin
Time and place: Feb. 27, 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo

Vera Tobin, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, sheds light on the cognitive structure of surprise and how readers deal with narratives that take an unexpected turn.

Time and place: Feb. 27, 2019 9:45 AMFeb. 28, 2019 3:15 PM, UiO, P. A. Munchs hus, Room 389

In what ways does literature make use of materiality and mediality to sometimes radically engage readers? And what role does the socio-cognitive phenomenon of joint attention play at this?