Immediate Effect

27-29 August 2020

“Immediate Effect” invites scholars from across disciplines and around the world to consider texts produced in 1989, a year widely considered to be a pivotal one in global history. 

This workshop adopts a broad conception of ‘text’ – including books, essays, films, and speeches – in order to engage with the pace of change during that transformational year. The second instalment of a trilogy of workshops and edited volumes dealing with textual production in three transformational years, “Immediate Effect” builds upon a 2017 workshop entitled “Textual Turning Point: The Futures of 1944” and the companion volume, Reading the Postwar Future.



  • 27-29 August 2020


  • Europe Hub, Brussels

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