Call for contributions: Re-mapping Europe: History, Memory, Identity in Claudio Magris’s Narratives and Plays

Claudio Magris is one of the most authoritative voices on the question of the literary and cultural re-mapping of modern Europe. From his early work of literary criticism Il mito asburgico nella letteratura austriaca moderna (1963; Engl. The Habsburg Myth in Modern Austrian Literature) to the recent novel Alla cieca (2005; Blindly – forthcoming in English by Penguin Canada in 2010), Magris’s texts have addressed the unstable ground from which history and memory can evaluate the recent European past, just as they have examined the ambivalence and often ephemeral existence of every frontier in its political, cultural, social, and personal dimension. His pursuit as a writer and as a literary critic is the understanding and the crossing of boundaries between history and time, between apparently opposite and irreconcilable views of the world, between memory and loss. After the success of best-sellers like Danubio (1986; Danube) and Microcosmi (1996; Microcosms), Magris’s recent narratives and plays – La Mostra (2001; The Exibit), Alla cieca, Lei dunque capirà (2006; You Will Finally Understand) – continue to break new ground in the direction of formal experimentation and the re-addressing of literary genres.

This collection of essays in English aims to explore Magris’s narratives and plays, and to contextualize them within the current literary and cultural debates on European identity, history, and memory. The University of Toronto Press ( has expressed a keen interest in the project.

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CFP: Representations of European Identity (October 1-3, 2010 – University of Guelph, On)

A Three-Day International Conference on Representations of European Identity

Paper and/or panel proposals are invited for a 3-day multi-disciplinary international conference on representations of European identity: ‘Europe in its Own Eyes / Europe in the Eyes of the Other.’

Submissions are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines, with particular emphasis on literature, film, history, music, art, and political science.

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South Asia's Orients (NeMLA's 41st Annual Convention, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal

Call for Papers: South Asia’s Orients

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010, Montreal, Quebec – Hilton Bonaventure

Deadline for submitting abstracts or proposals: September 30, 2009

Panel description:
Many scholars have examined travel accounts and trans-cultural encounters between Westerners and non-Westerners (Edward Said, Stephen Greenblatt, Peter Hulme, Mary Louise Pratt, and Roxanne Euben); however, researchers have been reluctant to examine similar encounters that took place among non-Western cultures. Although some scholars have proposed moving away from Western hegemony in order to examine “places that seem most peripheral to the march of European history” (Dipesh Chakrabarty  in Provincializing Europe,  35), researchers continue to privilege Western-subaltern encounters. Therefore, this panel will examine South Asian cultural encounters with the various parts of the East, a vast geographic area that includes the Middle East, South East Asia, and the Far East.

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(CFP: due 4/30/09) 2010, The 19th Congress of International Comparative Literature Association

Congress Theme: Expanding the Frontiers of Comparative Literature

In this era of globalization, Comparative Literature faces new challenges. As an academic discipline, for the past ten years Comparative Literature has had to embrace or often compete with other emerging interdisciplinary studies, including cultural studies, regional studies and translation studies.  Today, as new technologies redefine the boundaries of knowledge and globalization draws the world closer together, Comparative Literature faces the added challenge of expanding its boundaries and frontiers to rethink its identity and role as a discipline.

The conference theme “Expanding the Frontiers of Comparative Literature” can be interpreted on many levels.  We believe that Comparative Literature needs to move beyond its Western origins to become a productive arena for scholarly work on all literatures across the world.  We also believe that Comparative Literature can take the lead in redefining the boundaries of “literature.”  Hyper-textual, multi-visual media cultures are changing the ways in which we approach textuality today.  In addition, Comparative Literature can become a fruitful site for discussions on nature, the environment, and technology, as well as their impact on human civilization.

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CfP: Freud After Derrida (University of Manitoba, 6-9 October 2010)

Proposals are invited for presentations that engage Freud’s work as it continues to inform and provoke research and discussion across the disciplines (e. g., architecture, film, history, literature, philosophy, religion, science), and particularly, as it opens through and “after Derrida.” We welcome consideration of such topics as: temporality, space, technics, responsibility, animality, embodiment, memory, dream, writing, the uncanny, life, death, desire, repetition, law, sovereignty, sexuality, silence, mourning, testimony, the unconscious, repression, identity, family. 

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Northeast Modern Language Association 2010 Annual Convention (Montreal, Quebec; April 7-11, 2010)

Experience the lively and intimate exchange that NeMLA offers at its 41st annual convention in downtown Montreal, sponsored by McGill University. Featuring over 320 panels, the 2009 convention in Boston richly represented all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching.

Propose a session by April 15th for the 2010 convention

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CFP: Going Caribbean!

International Conference

Going Caribbean!
New Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Art

University of Lisbon, November 2 – 3, 2009

This conference aims to open up new perspectives through the comparative study of Fiction and Art from the broader Francophone, Hispanic, Dutch, and Anglophone Caribbean as well as their respective Diasporas. A comparative perspective urges us to unveil hidden connections, influences and dialogues between Writers, Artists and Intellectuals. How can a Caribbean nation be imagined beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries? What are the convergences between authors and artists that at first have little in common, like, for instance, Caryl Phillips, the incisive writer from St. Kitts, and Frank Martinus Arion from Curaçao? Is there a literary connection between Edwidge Danticat, one of the fascinating voices of the Haitian diaspora, and Patrick Chamoiseau, the Goncourt winning novelist from Martinique? Are the «Puerto Rican» paintings of Arnaldo Roche in dialogue with the «Dutch Antillean» work of José Maria Capricorne? Finally, how does a transnational, multilingual, perspective on their work shed light on current processes of creolisation inside and outside the Caribbean? Beyond the possibilities, what obstacles and objections persist in undertaking a comparative study of Caribbean culture?

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CFP: Cultures Across Borders: Negotiating the Global and the Local

In the words of Fredric Jameson, globalization, a concept with no “privileged context,” “falls outside the established academic disciplines,” thus necessarily calling for an interdisciplinary perspective and methodology and questioning the limits of traditional disciplinary areas. How does Comparative Literature respond to and participate in the discourse on and of globalization? We invite you to explore globalization – a complex political rhetoric, a leading social force, and a growing cultural practice – as a space of tension and a site of resistance and to investigate its evolving theoretical paradigms and specific practices: forms and channels of cultural exchange and communication, local and global audiences, borders – material and virtual, homogeneity and diversity, local and global subjectivities, transculturality and transnationality. We invite papers for “Cultures Across Borders: Negotiating the Global and the Local,” the 3rd Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Conference of the Comparative Literature Program (University of Alberta, 13-14 March 2009).

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CFP: CCLA Meeting Congress 2009


Comparative Spaces: Changing Territories

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association. Join us at Carleton University to celebrate the discipline of Comparative Literature in Canada.

Espaces comparés : changement de territoires et territoires en changement

L’année 2009 marque le 40e anniversaire de l’Association canadienne de littérature comparée. Nous vous attendons à l’Université Carleton pour célébrer ensemble la présence du comparatisme au Canada.

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