CFP Alternative Voices Comp Lit Grad Conference

Coordinates of Comparison 2015

University of Alberta’s 9th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature



13 March 2015

NEW Submission deadline: 29 January 2015

With the full swing of the critical turn in the Humanites and Social Sciences, which was fueled by numerous trends such as post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and Critical Theory, we are at a defining historical moment where alternative voices in theory, exegesis, and praxis can provide a way out of the current philosophical impasse that is embarrassing Enlightenment thought. This critical turn has provided multi-disciplinary disciplines such as Comparative Literature with a unique position to contemplate its implication in literature and art. Thus, for the 9th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, we invite presentations that reflect on Alternative Voices in literature and art. Conference themes include, but are not limited to

• Contested Canons

• Emerging genres in popular fiction

• East Asian popular culture

• Alternative poetics

• Alternative realities

• Transmedia adaptations

• Virtual realities and gaming culture

• Procedural literature

• New forms of gender dynamics

• Eco-criticism and petro-culture

• Identity politics and anarchism

• Women’s writing

• Queering literature

• Perversion, utopia, and heterotopia

• Alternative futures

• Humor and routine


Presentations should take 15-20 minutes, and abstracts, along with a short bio of 60 words, should be submitted to the organizing committee at by January 29, 2015. For more information on the conference, announcements, and the registration process, please visit our website.

Warm regards!

Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

Program of Comparative Literature, MLCS, University of Alberta