Announcements

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.

CFP: Intersectionality: Theories, Policies, Practices – Grainau, Germany

The Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries is a multidisciplinary academic association which aims to increase and disseminate a scholarly understanding of Canada. For our 2019 annual conference, we invite papers from any discipline that speak to the conference theme of “Intersectionality: Theories, Policies, Practices” with a Canadian or comparative focus. (Papers can be presented in English, French or German.) We are particularly – but not exclusively – interested in the following four main aspects:

1) Beyond Race, Class, and Gender: Historical, Sociological, Geographical, and Political Dimensions of Intersectionality

2) Space and the Politics of Place: Location, Environment, Cross-Border Dynamics

3) Intersectionality and Education

4) Intersectional Approaches: Discourses, Representations, Texts.

Intersectionality, “both an analytical framework and a complex of social practices” (Hancock 2016: 7), has its roots in U.S. Black feminism, where, since the late 1980s, it has been used to address issues of inequality such as disparate access to social resources. While applicable to both individuals and groups, intersectionality focuses on interlocking categories of difference and their impact on a plethora of decision-making processes. Apart from race, gender, and class, the following mutually constitutive categories have been proposed: ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, bodily ability, religion, education, culture, nationality/citizenship status, language use as well as geographical and environmental location. Next to the relationship between categories, internal differences within categories have been considered, with scholars trying to assess power relations, for instance in terms of voice and agency, and thus identifying advantaged and disadvantaged social positions. Over the years, intersectionality has not only developed into a key concept of women’s and gender studies, but left its mark in many other disciplines, among them history, political science, geography, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.

In Canada, the experience of discrimination shaped by multiple identities has been recorded in volumes such as Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed (1973), Makeda Silvera’s Silenced (1983), Monique Proulx’s Le sexe des étoiles (1987), Dionne Brand’s No Burden to Carry (1990), or Orville Lloyd Douglas’s Under My Skin (2014). During the time span covered by these publications, Canada witnessed an increasing institutionalization of intersectionality.

Scholarly analyses of Canadian society through an intersectional lens no doubt contributed to this development. Thus Olena Hankivsky and Renée Cormier pointed to health inequities which, for instance, deny Aboriginal women in nonurban environments vital health care services (2009: 16) and Rita Dhamoon underlined the importance of intersectionality for Canadian solidarity politics (2009).

Recent trends in intersectionality research include, first, a more balanced view on processes of marginalization and privileging, acknowledging that a particular group or person might be disadvantaged in one social context but advantaged in another, and, second, a more nuanced perspective on visibility, which is no longer seen as an asset in its own right. Depending on the circumstances, invisibility might lead to beneficial societal positions and might thus be an individual’s or group’s choice. The creative use of multiply-encoded identities at a particular time in a specific social location calls for a more dynamic concept of intersectionality, one that allows including transnational experiences.

Contact and abstract submission:

Paper proposals/abstracts of max. 500 words should outline:

  • methodology and theoretical approaches chosen
  • content/body of research
  • which of the four main aspects outlined above the paper speaks to (if any).

In addition, some short biographical information (max. 250 words) should be provided, specifying current institutional affiliation and position as well as research background with regard to the conference topic and/or four main aspects.

Abstracts by established scholars should be submitted no later than May 31, 2018 to the GKS administration: gks@kanada-studien.de.

Abstracts by emerging scholars should be submitted no later than May 31, 2018 directly to the Emerging Scholars Forum: nachwuchsforum@gmail.com.

Full-time PhD Position at the ULB in German/Comparative Literature – Deadline April 30, 2018

At the Université libre de Bruxelles (Faculty of Letters, Communication, and Translation), a position of an “Assistant” in German/Comparative Literature has been advertised for an initial period of two years, renewable up to six years.

The candidate will carry out a PhD project with a thesis in the field of German/Comparative literature or culture. As the position should prepare a young scholar for an academic career, the candidate will also gain teaching experience by giving the exercise parts of language, literature and culture courses for the Bachelor and the Master programs in German Studies. He/she will grade the written exams and be available for the students during a weekly office hour. The position will be connected to the Chair of German Literature hold by mself.

In addition, the holder of the position will be responsible for some logistic and administrative tasks, such as proctoring written exams.

Skills required:

To qualify for the position, the candidate must hold a Master’s degree of 120 ECTS in Modern Languages and Literature with a specialization in General or in German Literature, or an equivalent degree.

The applicant will either be a native speaker of German or have achieved native-like proficiency. He/she will also demonstrate a high-level mastery of German grammar as well as the literatures and the cultures of the German speaking countries. Good knowledge of French is also required. He/she will have pedagogic and didactic competences and will be able to adapt to different audiences. We are looking for motivated candidates who will help promote the studies of German language and literatures. He/she should be interested in participating in the life of the Department of Modern Languages.

Interested ?

For more information, please contact Dr. Helga Mitterbauer (telephone: +32 2 650.38.18 – E-mail: hmitterb@ulb.ac.be).

Applications must be sent by e-mail to the Rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (recteur@ulb.ac.be) and to the Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Communication, and Translation (doyen.ltc@ulb.ac.be).

They must include the following:

·    a letter of motivation

·    a Curriculum Vitae (a template can be downloaded at  http://www.ulb.ac.be/tools/CV-type.rtf)

·    an outline of the applicant’s PhD research project (4 pages)

·    two letters of reference

By sending in their application, applicants acknowledge they have read and understood the additional information and the regulations relevant to research staff, available at the following address http://www.ulb.ac.be/emploi/academique.html.

Please, find the job advertisement in French in attachment; for further information consult: http://www.ulb.ac.be/ulb/vacances/academiques/index.html.

Please, spread the word to interested colleagues, supervisors with potential candidates, and for sure, I would be more than happy to receive applications from WAN members!

 

Congress 2018: Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow!

Early bird rates end March 31! Tell your members and register now.

To find out more about each deadline and each action item, refer to the Planning Guide or check out the Organizers Portal at www.congress2018.ca/organizers.

Upcoming key dates:

March 31- Early bird registration deadline

April 5 – Countdown to Congress meeting

April 6 – Deadline to request audio-visual, furnishings and catering

April 20 – Deadline to submit final program


Les tarifs préférentiels expirent le 31 mars! Dites-le à vos membres et inscrivez-vous maintenant.

Pour en savoir plus sur chaque échéance et chaque mesure à prendre, référez-vous au Guide de planification ou visitez le Portail des organisateurs au www.congres2018.ca/organisateurs.

Dates clés à venir:

Le 31 mars – Délai pour soumettre le Formulaire Embauche d’adjoint(e) d’association

Le 5 avril – Réunion En route vers le Congrès

Le 6 avril – Réserver l’équipement audiovisuel, le mobilier et passer commande au service de traiteur

Le 20 avril – Soumettre le programme définitif de votre conférence

CFP: Intangible Heritage: Scenes of Urban Innovation – Athens, Greece

FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE CULTURE OF CITIES (IASCC)

The conference on Intangible Heritage: Scenes of Urban Innovation will convene on July 10-13, 2018 at The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Athens, Greece and is co-sponsored by the Culture of Cities Centre, Toronto. Hosted in collaboration with York University, Carleton University, St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo, this is the fifth annual meeting in the series of conferences and research initiatives on Scenes of Urban Innovation, organized by the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC).

Under conditions of traditional notions of intangible heritage both in official and unofficial discourses, is it possible to mark how modern and postmodern forms of cultural creation are signatures of the city, integral to their specific identities and value?

This conference proposes to connect the many different manifestations of the intangible heritage of the city to the question of how to ensure the continuity of an identity or way of life, making the transmission of culture the primary focus of the event. We ask how we might identify the innovative character of the city through the significance of its distinctive scenes and the persistence of an urban dynamic characterized by creation, preservation and loss.

The 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage proposes five broad ‘domains’ in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested:

1) Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage; 2) Performing arts; 3) Social practices; 4) rituals and festive events; 5) Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; 6) Traditional craftsmanship. Given such parameters, is it possible to relate to the processes of cultural transmission in the city?

What would such a translation, or application require in the context of an urban framework? Are there limits to the UNESCO framework and ways to better serve the phenomenon of intangible heritage? Under what conditions might we conceive of innovation as part of the relationship to the past, cultural transmission and intangible heritage?

Rich and varied approaches of cultural analysis, social theory, and the humanities, arts and social sciences and their contribution to an interdisciplinary examination of the grounds of heritage in the relationship of the city to time are encouraged. We invite scholars, cultural practitioners, artists and theorists to identify and develop intangible heritage and relate it as a phenomenon that is transmitted or mediated in urban scenes.

Topics to be addressed might include:

    • How intangible heritage is multi-dimensional in ways that include, besides the arts, ethical and aesthetic elements essential to a national background.
    • The connection of innovative methodologies and emergent practices for engaging the relation of urban pasts to present and future.
    • Latest advances in the development of technological applications for representing the past in images of the built environment, narratives, archives, oral histories, and the visual representation of local topographies.
    • The place of ongoing histories of social injustice that become part of an intangible heritage, including hate speech.
    • Relations to traditions of any and all kind (from linguistic to aesthetic), including modification, rejection, preservation as in fundamentalist and enlightenment gestures and actions.
    • Narratives about the urban past produced in any present by descendants, survivors, witnesses, and informants.
    • Influences of collective memories and collisions in values about the meaning of place that fluctuate over time.
    • Ways different societies mark their inheritances whether through mechanistic repetition, vandalism, obfuscation, and innovative reinvention.
    • Use of heritage criteria for conferring identity of persons and groups through rituals for designating membership such as purity or impurity of bloodline, affiliation, citizenship, classification, genre, including influences from genetics and biology.
    • Policy discussion relating to cultural identity and memory, cultural regeneration and collective biographies.
    • Dissonant registers and controversies of historical past(s).

The normal presentation format will be a 20-minute talk as part of a panel of three to four speakers followed by questions and discussion. Proposals for other forms of participation (performances, exhibitions/screenings) will also be considered as part of the conference exhibition and events. If you would like to propose a roundtable or panel, please submit a detailed application.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Monday April 8th, 2018 at midnight:

https://www.cultureofcities.com/c4p-submissionform

CFP: Limits, Tensions and Challenges for Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the 21st Century

On January 31, 2018, we open the CFP for the twentieth issue of 452oF. Revista de Teori?a de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, to be published on January 31, 2019. The CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and who holds at least a BA degree.

The following criteria regulates the reception and publication of all works in line with the peer review system, the style sheet and the legal notice, which may be accessed in the Procedures section (www.452f.com).

– Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. Any articles received after this date will not be considered for this issue.
– To be considered for the peer review process, articles must follow the rules described in the Style sheet: http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/452f/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

– The number of articles included in the twentieth issue will range from 8 to 12. Articles will be divided according to the field of interest, in the corresponding section of the journal (monographic or miscellaneous).
– The monographic section will be restricted to 4 to 8 articles and, in the twentieth issue will bring together a body of texts dealing with the topic “Limits, Tensions and Challenges for Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the 21st Century.” A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

a)  Contributions and transformations in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

b)  Trajectory(ies) of Literary Theory: limits and potentials.

c)  The specificity of Comparative Literature as an academic discipline: what and how does it compare?

d)  From the local to the global: Comparative Literature in dialogue (or contrast) with Postcolonial Studies and World Literature.

e)  Frictions and overlaps between literary disciplines: paradigms and tensions.

f)  Signs and discourses: concepts and variations in the distinct critical literary paradigms.

g)  Theory and Philology: ruptures, renovations, continuities.

h)  Local uses of Literary Theory, Gender Studies, Identity Politics: differences and frictions.

i)  Specificity in LTCL and banalising tendencies in Literary Theory in the 21st Century.

j)  LTCL and university praxis: trends, and (un)fortunate academic uses of theory.

k)  Discipline(ary) problems: codification and simplification of theoretical concepts.

– All other articles will constitute the miscellaneous section. The theme and approach are open, within the boundaries of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

– For online submissions and editorial guidelines, please follow the instructions at: http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/452f/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Call for reviews

452°F is also accepting reviews to be published in a section of the journal devoted to newly published books.

– Reviews must be original and unpublished.
– Books reviewed should be of new or recent (last 2 years) publication, and cover issues relating to Literary Theory, Literary Criticism and/or Comparative Literature.
– We would also consider reviews of relevant new editions or translations related to the field of study.
– Format, notes, quotations and references should follow the criteria of the journal’s style sheet.
– Reviews should include a title, the citation of the book and the number of pages, and will not contain an abstract or keywords.
– Reviews should not exceed 1500 words.
– Please send
http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/452f/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Barcelona, January 31, 2018 Editorial Board 452oF

 

CFP: Romantic Legacies: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Contexts

We’d like to invite an art historian, comparatist, or literary scholar in the field of the environmental humanities to contribute to our edited volume Romantic Legacies: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Contexts, to be published in the Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature series in 2019.

The volume comprises two major national groupings: first, the major Romantic traditions that developed in Germany, Britain, France, and the US; and second, the influence and cross-pollination of these traditions in Russia, China, India, and Japan. The volume is divided into five paradigms—Realist, Fin de siècle, (Post)Modern, Oriental, and Environmental Romanticism—to show how these legacies reflect and engage the values, tensions, and contradictions of ensuing historical periods.

We’re looking for an article of 5,000-7,000 words that involves visual arts to address the legacy of Romanticism in the environmental humanities from transnational and/or transdisciplinary perspectives. We will also consider other avenues of comparison if they engage this legacy in terms of the environmental humanities. The article could be a case study or deal with multiple artists/writers. If you’re interested, please send an abstract of 200-250 words and a brief CV to Drs John Michael Corrigan at johnmcorrigan@gmail.com and Shun-liang Chao at sleon.chao@gmail.com by 30 March 2018. The deadline for the article is 15 July 2018 if accepted.

Shun-liang Chao (Dr)
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
https://nccu.academia.edu/ShunliangChao

Associate of the Publications Committee, British Comparative Literature Association
http://www.mhra.org.uk/series/SICL

Call for Papers: Leonard Cohen: A Retrospective

At the time of his death in November 2016, Leonard Cohen had published two novels, eight poetry collections, and several volumes of selected works. In his better-known role as a singer, he had produced fourteen studio albums (which he once claimed to be hardly different from his books of poems), including You Want It Darker, released in October 2016 just before his death. Beloved by fans around the world for his “golden voice” and its signature mixture of the holy and the profane, Cohen was mourned at the moment of a perceived shift in global politics. Cohen died on the eve of the 2016 presidential elections and did not see Donald Trump’s victory. Nevertheless, in the week of his death, the poet’s “Hallelujah” marked his passing and expressed resistance to Trump’s conservative plans to “make America great again,” as Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary Clinton, opened Saturday Night Live with Cohen’s famous hymn.

Cohen’s reputation has only grown in esteem since his passing. In April 2017, he was awarded four Junos (Canada’s music awards), including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. In September, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal opened Leonard Cohen: Une bréche en toute chose/A Crack in Everything, the first art exhibit inspired by Cohen’s work and its contexts. In January 2018, the title song from Cohen’s final album, the critically acclaimed You Want It Darker, brought home Cohen’s first ever Grammy, for Best Rock Performance. The Flame, Cohen’s last book, will be published in October of this year.

Along with these new achievements, Cohen’s death inspires new questions and renewed retrospection about his extensive body of work. We invite paper proposals for contributions to an edited collection on Leonard Cohen’s corpus, cultural contexts, and legacy.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Cohen and religion, especially Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism
• Cohen and war, e.g., the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Six-Day War
• Cohen and politics, e.g., its contexts and his study of “authoritarian psychology”
• Cohen and representations of sexuality, e.g., sex, sexual orientation, sado-masochism
• Cohen’s celebrity, e.g., its persona and reception, nationally and internationally
• Cohen’s intertexts and influences, especially his influence on other authors
• Cohen’s ageing and the creative life, e.g., his predictions, his comeback, late style
• Cohen’s visions of history, whether religious, revolutionary, or imperial, etc.
• Cohen and Canadian identities, including (if we may) Québécois(e) identities
• Cohen in translation, e.g., to French, and in multi-lingual texts, e.g., Beautiful Losers
• Cohen’s movement between genres and media, including covers of his songs
• Cohen and popular culture, e.g., mass-market paperbacks, fandom, films about Cohen
• Cohen in the archives, e.g., his extensive fonds at the University of Toronto
• Cohen’s sense of humour, e.g., in poems, novels, songs, interviews
• Cohen’s “homes”: Montreal, Hydra, New York City, Mount Baldy, L.A.

Interested contributors should send proposals of no more than 500 words for papers of 6000-8000 words and a C.V. to Kait Pinder and Joel Deshaye of Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB at kpinder@mta.ca by March 31.

Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards

Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards

DEADLINE: FEBURARY 28

The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards, funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. In an effort to make Congress accessible to graduate students and recent PhD graduates, the University of Regina is providing assistance to offset costs associated with attending Congress. Fully-qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for a subsidy towards accommodation, meal, and bookstore credits to facilitate participation at Congress 2018 to present papers, posters, or other creative works related to their research.

Learn more about the three award categories, or click here to apply now:

Graduate Student Travel Award: 400 awards, up to $500 each

The student must be in good standing and enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university at the time of application
The student must be presenting a paper, poster or creative work at Congress 2018

Local Graduate Student Award: 100 awards, up to $200 each

The student must be in good standing and enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Regina at the time of application
The student must be presenting a paper, poster or creative work at Congress 2018

Recent Graduate Travel Award (open to recent graduates of a PhD program): 100 awards, up to $500 each

The applicant will have graduated with a PhD in a social science or humanities discipline after June 1, 2016
The applicant does not hold a tenure-track appointment, term appointment of more than a year, post-doc position, or non-academic position of more than a year as of January 1, 2018

Apply now! Click here to access the link to the application forms: https://www.uregina.ca/congress2018/awards/index.html

For questions, contact TravelAward.2018@uregina.ca.