English Literature

Forms of Knowledge

Organised by OverLAP, a reading group started by PhD students in the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures (LLC), this two-day international conference will explore the intersections between literature and philosophy.

Featuring a keynote speech by Sandra Laugier, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Scientific Deputy Director at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the event will be delivered in partnership with the French Institute and two subject areas at LLC: English Literature; and European Languages and Cultures.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued that “Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being”. Although often divided along institutional disciplinary lines, literature and philosophy have long shared an interest in questions of truth and knowledge raised by such statements.

‘Forms of Knowledge’ will invite delegates to explore questions such as:

How do intellectual, phenomenological, theological, and affective forms of knowledge figure in literary and philosophical texts?

How can works of literature perform and/or clarify philosophical concerns, especially questions of epistemology?

How can philosophical texts and methodologies illuminate and/or reframe works of literature?

How are forms of knowledge racialized, gendered, queered, or otherwise embodied and encoded?

Find out more on the OverLAP website


Forms of Knowledge

A two-day, student-led conference on literature and philosophy.

Day one: Project Room (1.06), 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH
Day two: Sir Patrick Geddes Room, French Institute, 253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ