Reading Group in Spring 2021

The Scientific Research Network organizes a monthly reading group in the spring of 2021 on the concept of transnationalism. 

You are cordially invited to join us. 

The aim of the reading group is to lay the theoretical groundwork for a first workshop on the conceptual framework for premodern literary transnationalism. We will read theoretical literature together and reflect on the various concepts used to denote a crossing of traditional demarcations in literary research, such as transnational, transcultural, cosmopolitan, or world literature. 


–         8th of April 16.00 – 17.00 (UTC +1)

–         Wednesday 12th of May 16.00 – 17.00 (UTC +1) or Thursday 13th of May 16.00 – 17.00(UTC +1) (two separate sessions)

–         10th of June 16.00 – 17.00 (UTC +1)

For the first meeting of the reading group, we propose to read the following introductory texts on concepts for modern literature. We hope to discuss the constraints and the usefulness of these concepts for the literatures that we study.

  • Kai Wiegandt, Introduction: The Concept of the Transnational in Literary Studies (2020). 
  • Arianna Dagnino, Transcultural Literature and Contemporary World Literature(s) (2013).

For the second session, we will read:

If you would like to participate, please send us an email at and/or

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