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Call for Applications: Europaeum Winter School, “Survivance and Survival”



The topic of survival has occupied public imagination in different formats for centuries. We obsess about the survival of the fittest, the survival of species, languages and even the planet itself. In this winter school we pit the discussion of survival against the notion of survivance, proposed by the Anishinaabe writer Gerald Vizenor. Vizenor stresses the importance of not resorting to defeatist imagery of absence, tragedy, and powerlessness and, instead, seeking for dynamic, inventive, and enduring practices that allows us to envision a future. Survivance brings together the ideas of survival and resistance to encourage agency and creativity in response to the manifold threats we face today. Humanities, especially, can help societies imagine strategies and methods of survivance, through different cultural practices, linguistic strategies and critical vocabularies.

Among other things, we plan to explore different cultural scenarios of survivance and survival: utopias and dystopias, literary futures, contrafactual histories and practices of counter-memory across the ages. If we can imagine possible futures, we can also call them into existence. Under all strands, we want to call attention to creative practice as a mode of furthering agency and generating social change.

Guest speakers will include Professor Julia Sallabank (SOAS) on reviving endangered languages and Dr Magdalena Zolka (JYU) on memory politics.

How to apply

Please read the full details in the Guidance for Applicants page before applying.
You will need to submit the following documents – all in English – to [email protected] by the deadline: Sunday, 22 October 23:59.
• a short CV (2 pages)
• a 1-page letter of motivation introducing themselves, explaining their
interest in the topic, and detailing what they feel they can bring to the
• reference
• a 200 word abstract for a short (10 min) presentation addressing some
aspect of survivance-survival as detailed in the call.
• a Europaeum application form


The Guidance for Applicants page should answer most queries. If not, Michael or
Milan at [email protected] will be happy to help.


You will need to submit your application by Sunday, 22 October 23:59.



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