The Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures (JOLCEL) aims to be a platform for research on the dynamic role of Latin as a cosmopolitan language within European literary history. With a dialogical format, the journal seeks to perform the academic discussion on what shapes European literary identity.
Contributions to the Journal will treat topics that cross traditional chronological and linguistic boundaries. From the first century AD to roughly the eighteenth century, Latin remained the standard equipment of the European author and his/her reader and functioned as an undercurrent through European history. Through its constant interactions with other languages with cosmopolitan standing (Greek, Arabic and Hebrew) and with the rapidly changing literary production in the vernaculars, Latin strongly defined Europe’s literary identity.
The dialogical approach to European literary identity will be reflected in the journal’s format. Papers will be clustered in groups of three based on a common question, but they will discuss the question for different historical periods and/or literatures. For each group, an established researcher and specialist on the subject will reflect upon the papers in an additional contribution. This respondent looks for connections and differences, and places the insights in a broader perspective. Hereby, we establish a dialogue between voices that find few platforms to communicate in traditional academic structures. The respondents moderate the ongoing debate and guarantee the journal’s place at the frontiers of research.
The journal will be closely linked to the activities of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identity, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), which is developing a large international network of researchers interested in these themes. In September of 2017, we organized our first large conference Telling Tales out of School: Latin Education and European Literature, which has provided material for the first issues of the Journal. In the future, RELICS will organize two workshops per year and regular large conferences.
Jeroen De Gussem