I and We: Literary Texts and the Constitution of Shared Identities

The conference will take place online. All talks are open to the public. All times are CET.

You will need to register for this conference. The deadline for registration is 3 June 2021.

The event is supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the John Fell Fund, and the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Programme (OCCT).


10 June

10:00-10:15 Welcome by Felix Budelmann (Oxford) and Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen/Oxford)

10:15-11:00 Jonathan Cole (Bournemouth) "Beginnings of Morality; exploring the unimaginable in neurology and beyond."

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:00 Ben Morgan (Oxford) "Literature and Plurality in Hannah Arendt.”

12:00-12:15 Coffee break

12:15-13:00 Meindert Peters (Oxford) "One Must Know How to Dance’: Someplace Between Me and Us in Vicki Baum’s Menschen im Hotel (1929)."

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:45 Mike Wheeler (Stirling) "'Everyman’s an Angel’: Literature, Authenticity and Social Cognition"

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:15 Roundtable (for speakers only)

11 June

10:00-10:45 Christian Benne (Copenhagen) "The fifth wall. The philosophical problem of I and We in Beckett’s Fin de Parti/Endgame."

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11.00-11:45 Jennifer McWeeny (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) "Solipsism and Solidarity in Beauvoir’s World War II Fiction: From Invitation to Encroachment."

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-12:45 Naomi Rokotnitz (Oxford) "Memory, Testimony, Fiction and Bodily Experience: I & We in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace."  

12:45-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:30 Vittorio Gallese (Parma) "The text as a body. Embodied simulation and the relation with fiction."

14:30-14:45 coffee break

14:45-16:00 Roundtable (for speakers only)