CAPONEU - Cartography of the Political Novel in Europe aims to assess the political novel as an important element of European political, social and cultural heritage. It sets out to examine how people in different national and cultural contexts engage with contemporary political issues and thereby have their share in shaping European societies and politics.

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European Centers and Peripheries in the Political Novel

Date: 25 – 26 April 2024

Venue: Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin


The workshop examines how asymmetries between European centers and peripheries are articulated in explicitly political terms by the political novel. It investigates the question of what formal and textual features are common of literary centers on the one hand and peripheries on the other, as well as the question of how literary centers and peripheries respond to political novels. The workshop is organized by Kyung-Ho Cha, Patrick Eiden-Offe, Ivana Perica (all ZfL), Johanna-Charlotte Horst (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and Christoph Schaub (University of Vechta). More information

Book club Politics and Literature: Novels for the New Century

Date: 23 October 2023 7PM

Topic: Natasha Brown's Assembly


The book club is a cooperation of our ZfL team (Leibniz Centre for Literary and Cultural Research) with the Literaturhaus Berlin. It is organised over a nine-month period (Oct. 2023-June 2024), with one meeting per month. More information (in German).

The Feminist Book Club

Date: 12 October 2023

Venue: Club Booksa, Martićeva 14D, Zagreb


The Feminist Book Club is organised in collaboration of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and Club Booksa (Association for Promotion of Cultures Kulturtreger). It will be organised over a period of nine months (October 2023–June 2024) with one meeting per month. The book club will explore and discuss how the contemporary political novel shapes and transforms perceptions of gender and class within the framework of 20th and 21st century world and (post)Yugoslav literature.
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