Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Location: KU Leuven, Brussels Campus (Warmoesberg 26, Brussels, Belgium), T’Serclaesgebouw, Raadzaal 07.16

This symposium brings together researchers working at the intersection of sociology, translation studies, reception studies, and world literature studies to share new work and explore opportunities for international collaborative research. The gathering is the first in a series of symposia planned across the participating institutions (KU Leuven, EHESS, Univ. Oberta de Catalunya and Centre Marc Bloch) and is aimed at laying the groundwork for an international research network on the ‘Circulation of Symbolic Goods’.

Download the flyer here. Please confirm your attendance by email to Jack McMartin.


10am-12 noon: Session 1

  • Lucile Dumont (EHESS): La légitimation d’une avant-garde? La circulation internationale et la réception des théories littéraires dans l’enseignement supérieur français (1960-1980)
  • Ernest De Clerck (KU Leuven): The reception and translation of foreign cultures in British romantic literary magazines
  • Pau Bosch Santos (Paris IV-Sorbonne/Univ. Oberta de Catalunya): What is “world literature”? A symptomatic reading of the Institute for World Literature

12 noon-1pm: Lunch (selection of sandwiches and drinks provided)

1pm-3pm: Session 2

  • Elisabet Carbó Catalan (Univ. Oberta de Catalunya): The role of cultural institutions in the internationalization of Ibero-American cultures
  • Ana Kvirikashvili (Univ. Oberta de Catalunya): The circulation of Georgian literature: between the local and the global (1995-2020)
  • Jack McMartin (KU Leuven): Branding national literature for transnational circulation: A case from the Low Countries