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COST Action IS0901

The NEWW project has been instrumental in preparing a European-wide COST Action entitled :

Women Writers in History:
Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture.

The first meeting of the Management Committee, with members representing the fifteen European countries then involved, was held in Brussels on 1 and 2 October 2009. This collaborative Action will last four years and will be financed by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). This is an excellent opportunity for the NEWW network, which seeks to renew literary historiography from a gender and a transnational perspective. The COST Action will allow the extension of the existing network and the preparation of a large scale research project in which European (and other) scholars (present and future NEWW members) will further collaborate – in the real and virtual world.

The aim of this COST Action of course corresponds to the NEWW objectives. It is: to lay the groundwork for a new history of European women’s participation in the literary field of the centuries before 1900. What was these women’s influence? Which active roles did they play as authors and readers in the broadest sense of the word, i.e. including their roles as transcribers, translators, mediators and educators? What happened to them when they fell into the hands of 19th-century canonizers? How is their disappearance from literary history to be explained?

The COST Action will further develop the database WomenWriters into a broad Research Infrastructure, allowing researchers to stock and manipulate data concerning the contemporary reception of women’s writing, and to apply different research models to these data.

Particular attention will be paid to women’s participation in transnational cultural dynamics and to the overlooked role of “smaller”, less internationally known literatures within the larger European context. This interdisciplinary research will lead to a new way of looking at Europe’s literary past – male and female –, which also implies a different perspective on Europe’s present.

  • Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary of this Action, based at Huygens Institute The Hague (NL):
  • Working Group leaders:
  • Universities currently represented in the Action’s Management Committee:
    • Universiteit Gent, Université de Liège (Belgium),
    • University of Southern Denmark,
    • University of Turku (Finland),
    • Université Nancy 2 (France),
    • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Trier (Germany),
    • National University of Ireland Galway,
    • Bar Ilan University (Israël),
    • University of Utrecht, University of Groningen (Netherlands),
    • Volda University College, University of Oslo (Norway),
    • Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Nuova de Lisboa (Portugal),
    • University of Bucarest, University of Cluj (Romania),
    • University of Belgrade (Serbia),
    • University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia),
    • Universidad Complutense Madrid, University of Valencia (Spain),
    • University of Bern, Université de Genève, Université de Lausanne (Switzerland),
    • University of Southampton, Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom).

Colleagues researchers in other countries not mentioned, willing to collaborate, can take contact with Chair, Vice-Chair or Secretary mentioned above.

In the Action website COST members can communicate together. Important COST announcements also here such as:

  • Calendar of dates and meetings:
    • 26 May 09:
      announcement of approval proposal of COST Action
    • 12-13 July 09, Lisbon:
      meeting of the Portuguese group (PWW), organised by Vanda Anastacio
    • 1-2 October 09, Brussels:
      first meeting of the Management Committee
    • 20 November 09, The Hague:
      Workshop, organized together with the NEWW network and Huizinga Institute Amsterdam: Quantitative methods in cultural history
    • 21 November 09, The Hague:
      second meeting of the MC; first meeting of the Working Groups
    • 26-27 January 10, Lisbon:
      meeting of the MC core-group
    • 19 February 10, Utrecht:
      meeting of the Dutch group (DWW) organised by Ton Naaijkens and Suzan van Dijk
    • 24-26 May 10, Turku:
      third meeting of the MC; second meeting of the Working Groups
    • 11-13 November 10, Madrid:
      Conference, presenting the first Milestone

  • Dissemination activities:
    • 15 September 09, Geneva Switzerland: Agnese Fidecaro organising a meeting informing about the Action - Geneva University, Faculty of Letters
    • December 09, Volda Norway: Marie Nedregotten Sørbø presenting the Action on Volda college's home page
    • December 09, The Hague Netherlands: Suzan van Dijk interviewed in NWO journal Geestesoog

  • National groups, where also non-COST researchers are invited to participate:
    • Portuguese Women Writers (PWW), organised by Vanda Anastacio
    • Dutch Women Writers (DWW), project in Huygens Institute welcoming interested researchers and trainees
    • Finnish Women Writers (FWW), organised at Turku University

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