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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Political novel in historiographical and sociological perspective: structures and analogies

Date: 15 - 16 March 2024

Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ul. Ivana Lučića 3, 10000, Zagreb


The workshop will address problematic relations between political novel and its critical, historiographical and sociological counterparts, as sets of complex signifying practices simultaneously forming particular configurations and exhibiting recurring patterns. In a series of mutually dependent theoretical discussions and case studies, discourses, narrative handlings of what is presumed to constitute material, types of representation (reality effect) and modes of veridiction (historical, novelistic, sociological) will be analysed in depth in order to map the competitive field where they contrast, intertwine, overlap, complement and legitimize each other.

European Centers and Peripheries in the Political Novel

Date: 06 – 07 Jun 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: Oct 2023 – June 2024

Venue: Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, 10719 Berlin

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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).