Our research network

The Scientific Research Network (SRN), entitled “Literatures without Borders. A Historical-Comparative Study of Premodern Literary Transnationality” is an international collaboration focussing on premodern literatures with a transnational character in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe: Arabic, Byzantine-Greek, Hebrew-Yiddish-Ladino and Latin. The research network consists of sixteen international research units and is interested in developing collaborations around the globe. It is funded by the Research Foundation–Flanders (FWO) for a period of 5 years (with possible extensions). The research unit RELICS will act as its core unit and will be responsible for the overall coordination of the endeavour.

Our aim & research questions

The aim of the network is to strengthen the links between international research units through the funding of workshops, conferences and publications.

In addition to the important question of how these four literatures came to be in contact with each other, the project concentrates on four key questions:

  1. How do these literatures demonstrate —implicitly or explicitly— their awareness of their transnational function and their supralocal literary culture?
  2. Which literary-cultural actors were responsible for exercising this influence?
  3. In what ways is the transnational functioning of the four literatures reflected within and shaped by aesthetic and narrative tendencies?
  4. Can a conceptual framework be devised that better characterizes, defines, and understands premodern literary transnationalism?

Want to join?

If these questions connect to your own research or your research group, do not hesitate to drop us a line. We are always interested in expanding our network and getting to know other researchers in the field of premodern transnationalism.