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CCLA 2019: Circles of Conversation

Circles of Conversation

From June 2-5, 2019, as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA) invites scholars to celebrate its 50th year by developing circles of conversation around issues facing comparative literature into the future.

In an article titled “In the Wake of Cultural Studies: Globalization, Theory, and the University” (2001), Tilottama Rajan outlines a genealogy of encyclopedic thought in which she notes that the root of the word, enkyklios paideia, denotes a “circle of learning.” Rajan then traces the encyclopedic impulse through the philosophical and literary systems of Romanticism, and into the present-day conditions for knowledge production, which are dominated, according to her, by culturalism.

To what extent must the comparative literary formation contend with multiple and overlapping circles of knowledge production? Undoubtedly, contemporaneous conditions within the university inspire ever-new versions of totalization, governmentality, rationality, and systems logic, especially considering the mediations that define, if not dominate, our cultural moment: from the circulation of networked (visual) culture, to the infrastructures that govern patterns of information, to the densification of our media ecologies, and so on.

In addition to these discussions about the contemporary cultural moment, the circle is an important marker of power as demonstrated by the existence of boundaries, centres and peripheries, exclusions, and forms of inequality. Building on theories of political sovereignty, Giorgio Agamben (1995) writes that the very concept of sovereignty derives from making an assertion of one’s exceptionality to the rule—from becoming a maker of circles. Given this, how can the circle be mobilized otherwise as a rhetorical aid in challenging its association with exceptional power and the boundaries that its very existence depends upon?

Indeed, circles have aesthetic qualities. Circles become spheres. They unfold dimensions of space, develop concentric formations, and accommodate themselves to immersion, layering, rupture, incompletion. It is through the aesthetic dimension that circles create vectors, establish ties and elicit conversations. Circles enlarge; they bring disparate elements from the outside to the inside, and they engage in a process of enrichment through dialogue. What, then, are the aesthetic and imaginative dimensions of the circle when it comes to practicing comparative literature in this expanded field?

Proposals for pre-arranged panels, roundtables, and innovative formats are strongly encouraged. Joint sessions with other organizations are also very welcome but should be arranged as soon as possible.

Keynote speaker: Professor David Palumbo-Liu, Hewlett Nixon Professor, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Stanford University, and President of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).

Please submit 250-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations, as Word attachments, to Program Chair Dr. Joshua Synenko (cclacongress2019@gmail.com) by December 15, 2018.

Cercles de conversation

Dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines du Canada qui se tiendra du 2 au 5 juin 2019 à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique (UBC) à Vancouver, l’Association Canadienne de Littérature Comparée (ACLC) invite les chercheuses et chercheurs à célébrer le 50ème anniversaire de l’association en formant des cercles de conversation autour des enjeux entourant le futur de la littérature comparée.

Dans son article « In the Wake of Cultural Studies: Globalization, Theory, and the University » (2001), Tilottama Rajan expose une généalogie de la pensée encyclopédique et fait remarquer que la racine du mot « encyclopédie », enkyklios paideia, signifie « cercle éducatif ». Rajan retrace ensuite le mouvement de l’impulsion encyclopédique au sein des systèmes philosophiques et littéraires romantiques et jusqu’aux conditions actuelles de production du savoir, dominées selon elle par le culturalisme.

Dans quelle mesure la formation en littérature comparée devrait-elle composer avec les cercles multiples et entrecroisés de production du savoir? Les conditions actuelles du système universitaire inspirent indubitablement un renouvellement de notre manière de penser la totalisation, la gouvernementalité, la rationalité et la logique systémique, particulièrement si l’on considère les médiations qui définissent, voire dominent, le moment culturel qui est le nôtre, médiations qui vont de la circulation de la culture (visuelle) en réseau aux infrastructures qui gouvernent les modes de circulation de l’information, en passant par la densification de nos écologies médiatiques.

Le cercle est aussi un important indicateur de pouvoir qui signale des frontières, établit des distinctions entre le centre et les périphéries, marque des exclusions et des inégalités. Dans la lignée d’une certaine tradition de théorie politique sur la souveraineté, Giorgio Agamben (1995) soutient que le concept même de souveraineté implique l’assertion d’un statut d’exception par rapport à la règle, statut qui correspond au pouvoir de façonner les cercles. Ceci étant, de quelle façon le cercle peut-il être mobilisé autrement, c’est-à-dire comme outil rhétorique qui défie son association avec le pouvoir d’exception et les frontières dont son existence même dépendent?

La dimension esthétique du cercle doit aussi être prise en considération. Nos cercles culturels sont des sphères en devenir. En se déployant dans l’espace et en développant des formations concentriques, les cercles permettent l’immersion, la stratification, la rupture, l’inachèvement. C’est même par leurs qualités esthétiques que les cercles créent des vecteurs, établissent des liens et suscitent des conversations. Les cercles permettent d’étoffer ; ils incorporent des éléments disparates venant de l’extérieur à l’intérieur de leur rayon et nous engagent dans un mouvement d’enrichissement par le dialogue. Quelles sont donc les dimensions esthétiques et créatives du cercle pouvant être appliquées à la pratique de la littérature comparée, en tant que celle-ci évolue dans un champ en pleine expansion?

 

Les propositions pour des séances thématiques, des tables rondes ou des présentations au format novateur sont fortement encouragées. Des séances conjointes avec d’autres associations sont aussi les bienvenues et devraient être organisées dès que possible.

 

Conférencier d’honneur : David Palumbo-Liu, professeur Hewlett Nixon et professeur de littérature comparée à l’Université Stanford et président de l’American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).

 

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions de 250 mots pour une présentation de 20 minutes, en pièce jointe en format Word, à l’organisateur du colloque, Dr. Joshua Synenko (cclacongress2019@gmail.com) au plus tard le 15 décembre 2018.

CFP: American Comparative Literature Association

We are pleased to announce that the paper submission portal for ACLA 2019 (Georgetown University in Washington, DC, March 7-10, 2019) is now open and available at https://www.acla.org/node/add/paper. Please fill out all necessary fields in the online form to propose a paper. Abstracts must be received by 9 AM EST on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER to ONE SEMINAR for consideration for the 2019 Annual Meeting. We urge all prospective presenters to be in touch with seminar organizers prior to submisssion; contact information for seminar organizers is available on the page for each seminar.

  • Be sure to log in. Your login for acla.org is NOT the same as the login you might have used in purchasing a membership, and you do not need to purchase a membership to submit a paper proposal.
  • If you are logged in, and the form is still not appearing for you on this page, it is because the system has detected that you have already proposed a paper.
  • Please contact info@acla.org if you have any questions.

Submitting a paper here does NOT guarantee your participation in the ACLA’s 2010 Annual Meeting. The organizer of the seminar to which you are submitting your paper will review and provisionally accept or decline your submission by Thursday, October 4th at 9am EST.

The ACLA Program Committee will then review all seminar proposals during October and notify seminar organizers of acceptance or rejection on or around November 1st, 2018..

Please note:
As a participant, you agree to:

  • Be current in ACLA membership and registered for the Annual Meeting by midnight PST Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  (2019 Memberships and Registrations will be on sale beginning on or about Oct. 1, 2018.).
  • Reply promptly to all requests for information from the seminar organizer and the ACLA Secretariat, including requests for final program copy.
  • Attend all sessions of the seminar.
  • Notify the organizer of your seminar AND the ACLA Secretariat immediately if you are unable to attend the conference.
  • Communicate all special requests to seminar organizer and the Secretariat so as to ensure that they are considered.
  • Add info@acla.org to your list of “safe senders” in your email account, ensuring that email communications with you will be delivered.

Please review your information carefully before you submit. Contact info@acla.org with any questions.

CFP: Literary Back-Translations

Over time, some translations of literary works are returned to their original languages. For example, Antonin Artaud’s 1931 French translation of Matthew Gregory Lewis’ gothic novel The Monk was back-translated into English in 2003. Such back-translations challenge the assumption that an original can only be superior to its translation and raise questions about what an ‘original’ actually is. They also resist generic classification: should we consider them as ‘adaptations’, ‘versions’, ‘refractions’, or literary works in their own right? By asking these and other questions, this special issue of Translation and Literature on ‘literary back-translations’ responds to the call of several scholars, such as André Lefevere, Katja Krebs, and Laurence Raw, for new approaches drawing on both adaptation and translation studies, rather than conceiving them as autonomous and competing disciplines.

Contributors are invited to reflect on translation as a creative process as well as a cultural product, and to consider the phenomenon of back-translation, in terms not limited to but including: ideology (such as back-translations motivated by feminist or postcolonial agendas), creativity (back-translations spotlighting the notion of authorship), or material history (back-translations restoring lost texts for their original audiences). Either the source or the target language of the translations discussed will be English; studies of literary texts translated from or back into any modern language are welcome.

Abstracts (c.250 words) and a paragraph-long biography
(for information not publication) are invited by 15 November 2018.
Please submit to veronique.lane@lancaster.ac.uk
Complete essays (c.7,500 words) will be required by 15 November 2019.

CFP: Bronwen Wallace: Essays on Her Work

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Bronwen Wallace (1945-1989), a significant Canadian poet, prose-writer, and activist. Though her life began and ended in Kingston, Ontario, her influence was felt across the country.

Her five collections of poetry, Marrying into the Family (1980), Signs of the Former Tenant (1983), Common Magic (1985), The Stubborn Particulars of Grace (1987), and Keep That Candle Burning Bright and Other Poems (1990),  her posthumously published short story collection People You’d Trust Your Life To (1990), her correspondence, her essays from the Kingston Whig-Standard gathered in Arguments With the World (1992), the documentary films she made in collaboration with Chris Whynot, and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers established in her memory continue to inspire writers and readers.

We invite articles up to 5,000 words on all aspects of her work, her poetry, her prose, her activism, her influences and enduring impact to be considered for Bronwen Wallace: Essays on Her Work forthcoming from Guernica Editions. In an interview given just months before her death, Wallace said, “If we are going to live with wholeness or integrity in the world, we have to pay attention to the particulars and politics of where we are.”  We encourage contributors to consider the many ways Wallace paid attention and invited us to do the same.

Please send articles to  wanda.campbell@acadiau.ca by April 1, 2019.

CFP: The Scattered Pelican

Dear colleagues,

The Scattered Pelican editorial team hopes you have had a great summer so far, and enjoins you to read and distribute the attached Call for Papers for the Fall 2018 issue of The Scattered Pelican, the Graduate Journal of Comparative Literature at Western University in London, Ontario.

The Scattered Pelican is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal of Comparative Literature at Western University that aims to provide a space for students and other academics to engage and expand the discipline through the publication of new scholarship. The Scattered Pelican is guided by three core commitments (1) to a comparative approach that embraces pluralism and inhabits the interstices among discourses, (2) to playfulness as a levelling perspective that resists the privileging of certain narratives or objects of study, and (3) to an active and conscious pursuit of scholarship that enlarges the discipline through deep engagement with a broad range of objects of study. The Scattered Pelican aims to publish at least one issue every year, as a digital journal with a limited print run. Please note that we cannot publish all submitted papers; however, we can guarantee that all submissions will go through a fair and objective double-blind peer review process.

The deadline for submission is September 24, 2018.

Website: https://thescatteredpelican.com/

Esther Cheung Award Winner 2018

This year’s winner of the Esther Cheung Award is Sophie-Claudine Desroches, Université de Montreal, for her paper “‘This is Your Fourth Shore’: The Return of the Colonial Past in Antonio Tabucchi’s Piazza d’Italia” presented at Congress 2018 in Regina, SK.

The judges had this to say about this year’s winning paper: Drawing upon Rothberg’s theory of multidirectional memory, as well as upon the critical concepts of counter-memory and lieu de mémoire, a site of memory, this paper explores the colonial subtext of Antonio Tabucchi’s novel, Piazza d’Italia, as an example of defiance of dominant historical narratives, rewriting history from the viewpoint of those silenced in the structures of colonial and gender oppression.

The CCLA Esther Cheung Award goes to the best paper presented at the annual Congress by a graduate student, underemployed and early career (non-tenure-track) academic. The award is valued at $250.

Congratulations to Sophie-Claudine Desroches and to all those who presented at Congress this year.

CFP: 2018 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Comparative Literature

Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in Comparative Literature for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. The winner of the competition will receive a contract to publish the volume with Peter Lang.

Proposals for the Comparative Literature competition should be submitted to Laurel Plapp (L.PLAPP@peterlang.com) by 31 July 2018 and include an abstract (including chapter synopses), CV and a sample chapter (5,000 to 10,000 words in length) in separate Microsoft Word documents.
Proposals are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of Comparative Literature or World Literature and must be written in English. Research that fits within the scope of the Peter Lang book series New Comparative Criticism is especially encouraged (please see below and on the series webpage: http://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/NCC). Proposals under review elsewhere should not be submitted.
The winner will be offered a contract for a non-subsidised book to be published within six months of receipt of the complete and approved manuscript. Planned manuscripts should be 60,000 to 100,000 words in length. Authors will be expected to copy-edit the manuscript in accordance with the style guidelines provided.

Applicants should be early career scholars who have been awarded a PhD between 2013 and 2018 or expect to be awarded a PhD in 2019.
Decisions will be made by 1 December 2018 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
For general information about the competition, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU. E-mail: oxford@peterlang.com. Tel: 01865 514160.

New Comparative Criticism
Series Editor: Florian Mussgnug, University College London

http://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/NCC

New Comparative Criticism is dedicated to innovative research in literary and cultural studies. It invites contributions with a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary focus, including comparative studies of themes, genres, and periods, and research in the following fields: literary and cultural theory; material and visual cultures; reception studies; cultural history; comparative gender studies and performance studies; diasporas and migration studies; transmediality. The series is especially interested in research that articulates and examines new developments in comparative literature, in the English-speaking world and beyond. It seeks to advance methodological reflection on comparative literature, and aims to encourage critical dialogue between scholars of comparative literature at an international level.

Previous Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners:

Zélie Asava, The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and Television (ISBN 978-3-0343-0839-7). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/44966. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2011)

Marina Avelar, Giving with an Agenda: How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education (ISBN 978-1-78707-688-4). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Education Studies, 2016)

Prafulla Basumatary, Verbal Semantics in a Tibeto-Burman Language (ISBN 978-1-78707-339-5). Available from https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/80154. (Winner in Linguistics, 2016)
Alberica Bazzoni, Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative (ISBN 978-3-0343-2242-3). Available from https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/47470. (Winner in Women’s Studies, 2015)
Paula Blair, Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland (ISBN 978-3-0343-0945-5). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/ 45184. (Winner in Film Studies, 2012)
Mercedes del Campo, Alternative Ulsters: Troubles Short Fiction by Women Writers, 1968–1998 (ISBN 978-1-78874-330-3). Forthcoming 2020. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2017)

Ruth Kitchen, A Legacy of Shame: French Narratives of War and Occupation (ISBN 978-3-0343-0856-4). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/45001. (Winner in French Studies, 2011)

Katya Krylova, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (ISBN 978-3-0343-0845-8). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/44978. (Winner in German Studies, 2011)

Samuel Merrill, Networking Remembrance: Excavating Buried Memories in the Railways beneath London and Berlin (ISBN 978-3-0343-1919-5). Available from https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/47058. (Winner in Memory Studies, 2014)

Michèle Milan, Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Study of Franco-Irish Translation Relationships (ISBN978-1-906165-65-9). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2015)

Maria Morelli, Queer(ing) Gender in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing: Maraini, Sapienza, Morante (ISBN 978-1-78874-175-0). Forthcoming 2018. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017)

Frances Mossop, Mapping Berlin: Representations of Space in the Weimar Feuilleton (ISBN 978-3-0343-1834-1). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/46909. (Winner in German Studies, 2013)

Clare Stainthorp,Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (ISBN 978-1-78874-147-7). Forthcoming 2018. (Winner in Nineteenth-Century Studies, 2017)

Whitney Standlee, ‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890–1916 (ISBN 978-3-0343-1837-2). Available from http://www.peterlang.com/view/product/46914. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2013)

Nina Valbousquet, Rome, Zion, and the Fasces: Italian Catholics and Antisemitism in Europe (1918–1946) ISBN 978-1-78874-190-3. Forthcoming 2019. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017).

CFP: European Congress of Comparative Literature

THE 8TH CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE WILL TAKE PLACE IN LILLE FROM 28TH-31ST AUGUST 2019: “LITERATURE, CULTURAL EXCHANGES AND TRANSMISSION: KNOWLEDGE AND CREATION BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE”.

Organizers: Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian and Karl Zieger

The deadline for abstracts of individual papers and panels has been extended until 22 July, but please let the organizers know by 30 June if you intend to submit a proposal either for a panel or an individual paper.

N.B. The co-panellists are chosen by the head of the panel. It is not necessary at this stage to give the exact identity of the co-panellists. However, please tell the organizers how many sessions you need (one, two, or three sessions of two hours).

Please send your expression of interest / proposals to: karl.zieger@univ-lille3.fr

CFP: The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune

The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune is a space of encounter and bilingual discussion in English and in French, where graduate students can share their research projects while reflecting on their discipline. At the first four meetings (organized alternatively in Montréal and Toronto since January 2015) students from a dozen universities presented their scholarly and creative work in both languages, taking different approaches and using a variety of formats.

For its 5th meeting, which will take place at the University of Ottawa on Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26, 2018, the Tribune proposes a new two-day formula. One day will follow the usual conference format of the Tribune, and the other day will be devoted to discussing a challenge specific to graduate students: this year, graduate students’ mental health.

The Tribune encourages comparative literature students to submit a proposal for one or both days. The Tribune encourages students to present their projects in a concise and original format, without any thematic requirement, so as to promote exchanges, debates, and discussions. This meeting is a space for trying out unconventional modes of presentation and for reflecting on the development of PhD or MA theses and other projects. The Tribune looks for presentations who would, for example:

• Explore an alternative mode of communication (for example, in the form of a discussion between two presenters or of a performance);

• Offer an overview of the conclusions or the structure of a research project;

• Define the limits or shortcomings of a research project, with or without suggesting possible solutions;

• Describe the theoretical, methodological, institutional or practical difficulties encountered during research;

• Develop a critical reflection on the current practices of presenting research in academia;

• Analyze the current context and challenges of comparative literature.

The Off-Tribune will discuss graduate students’ mental health, under the same short and original modes of presentation of the Tribune. The Off-Tribune will be the ideal place for:

• Personal testimonies and discussions of personal difficulties in relation to graduate studies (feeling of solitude, blank page syndrome, relationships with the institution, peer recognition, work-life balance, questioning of the intellectual’s place in society, competitiveness, professor-student power dynamics, impostor syndrome, burnout, stress and anxiety, addiction problems, discrimination, harassment, depression, etc.);

• Reflections on the effects of institutional structures on students’ mental health;

• Sharing resources and personal adaptation or empowerment strategies.

We welcome your proposals (150-250 words per proposal), however original and experimental, until August 6, 2018 at the following email address: tribunelitcomp@gmail.com.

Please specify your university affiliation and your year of study. Your presentation should be a maximum of 10 minutes in the medium of your choice. We strongly encourage interested participants to embody the Tribune’s commitment to bilingualism in the very form of their talks: for example, by switching from French to English, or by including translations of key passages in a visual presentation. We welcome international submissions. However, the Tribune does not provide travel grants.