The international research group RELICS brings together researchers interested in the dynamic role of Latin as a European literary and cultural language, and, more generally, researchers who are invested in studying European literature from a cosmopolitan perspective. We aim to cross traditional periodic demarcations and the borders between different regional or national languages and literatures. These divisions are often reflected in our academic research and teaching practices, disciplines, and subfields. We want to foster discussion about our field and how we structure it, as well as stimulate new outlooks on the texts that we read and study. RELICS organises workshops and conferences and has its own peer-reviewed open access journal, JOLCEL. Welcome!
The autumn meeting of the research group RELICS follows up on the spring workshop ‘Mapping Cosmopolitanism’, in which we explored how the concept of cosmopolitanism been interpreted before. Focussing on Latin now, and with the concept of cosmopolitanism, we try to gain a better understanding of how Latin literature has functioned throughout the ages as an important presence in the landscape of European literature.
4 December 2018, Ghent University