Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Modernism and the Avant-garde through Ryerson’s Post Doctoral Fellows Competition

The Modern Literature and Culture Research Center (MLCRC) at Ryerson University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join an energetic, diverse, and widely published research team at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, an institution known for its innovation and cutting-edge scholarship approaches. The Fellow will work closely with the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and other members of the team to conduct research, author manuscripts, mentor graduate students and interns, and participate in research outreach activities. For more information on our ongoing research projects, see Both mentored and independent research experiences, as well as collaborations, are offered to the Fellow in preparation for a future research career. Ongoing training is offered in literary and cultural research.

CfP: Explosive Past, Radiant Future – an international colloquium, March 19-20, 2010

The lingering spectre of the past and the beckoning formlessness of the future are the two highly charged images that act as the starting points of the 21st annual international colloquium at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto.  Negotiating the troubled terrain between them has been the work of cultural texts and an ongoing problem for cultural and literary criticism.  The struggle to establish a meaningful present, which incorporates the triumphs and horrors of historical memory and enables comprehensible directions toward the future, is a shared task of art, philosophy, religion and political thought, among other activities. We suggest that narration – in its various poetic modes – is nothing more than this struggle for meaning, occurring over a multiplicity of social and cultural spaces.  Likewise, we suggest that art, philosophy, political thought and religion, to the extent that they are concerned with the problems of meaning and temporality, may also be understood as narrative endeavours.  We seek papers from diverse disciplines that bring the problems of narration, thus defined, to the fore and offer innovative solutions to them.

CfP: Retours sur le passé & visions d’avenir: The Next 100 Years of Liberal Arts – Confronting the Challenges

L’internationalisation, le corporatisme, l’appauvrissement de l’investissement gouvernemental, et l’héritage de l’implication ecclésiastique font partie des défis ayant un impact sur l’enseignement des arts libéraux.  Ces réalités entament l’autonomie, la responsabilité et peut-être même l’integrité de l’enseignement des arts libéraux.  Le point de mire de cette conférence est multidisciplinaire ; elle s’adresse particulièrement aux membres du corps professoral, aux étudiant-e-s, et aux universités ayant une forte tradition dans le domaine des arts libéraux.

Le 100ème anniversaire de la fondation de St. Thomas University représente une occasion unique de faire le point afin de nous préparer aux questions et défis que les universités et collèges spécialisés dans l’enseignement des arts libéraux vont rencontrer au cours des cent prochaines années.

Internationalization, corporatization, the impoverishment/diminishment of government funding, and legacies of religious involvement are among the challenges that are having an impact on Liberal Arts education.  Such realities challenge the autonomy, accountability and perhaps even the integrity of Liberal Arts education.  The focus of this conference is multidisciplinary; it will be of particular interest to faculty, students, and universities with a strong Liberal Arts component.

The 100th Anniversary of the founding of St. Thomas University presents an occasion to take stock and look forward at the issues and challenges that Liberal Arts Universities and Colleges will encounter over the next 100 years.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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. 

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

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?