Wednesday, 13 April 2011

CFP for LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies) Conference- 18 May

LINKS – London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies
2nd Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature
University College London, 18 May 2011
Comparative Literature: Beyond the Crisis

This conference fosters a space to discuss and re-think intercultural ‘links’, and to approach literary and non-literary texts from a comparative perspective. For the second time, students and staff in comparative literature departments across London have joined forces, providing MA students in Comparative Literture with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, and develop their networking, presentation, and discussion skills.

Round Table

Recession is a time for asking fundamental questions about value. How will funding cuts, curriculum reform, and higher tuition fees transform teaching and research? How will they affect the future of comparative literature? What will be the social and cultural role of comparative studies in a rapidly changing world? This round table, organized within the context of LINKS, brings together four leading scholars of literature and culture, all working in London, to reflect on the public value of their discipline, and on the future of comparative literature.

Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmith University London)
Prof Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary, University of London)
Prof Tim Mathews (University College London)
Prof Robert Weninger (Kings College London)

Call for Papers

MA students in Comparative Literature from anywhere in London and beyond are warmly invited to send proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of comparative literary study. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

Cultural identities / Self and Other
Literatures of a globalized world
Gender, corporeality, and writing
Literary criticism and theory
Forms and genres
Themes, myths, and archetypes
Literature and other arts
Reception Studies and Translation

Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts should be up to 400 words in length, and must include • your name, email address, contact telephone number, institutional affiliation and year of study
• title of research /dissertation project
• note of any technical requirements for presentation.

Abstracts should be sent to before Saturday, 30th April.

For more information, please contact Dr Rosa Mucignat or Dr Florian Mussgnug

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Prof W J T Mitchell lecture - UCL - 16th June 2011

Prof. W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago) will give a lecture on "Migration, Law and the Image. Beyond the Veil of Ignorance" at UCL on the 16th June 2011.  There will be two respondents: Prof. Parvati Nair (Queen Mary Hispanic Cultural Studies) and Dr Ingrid Boccardi (UCL Laws).

Please find all details here:
The event is free but a registration is required.

For any further information please contact the organizer, Federica Mazzara:

Friday, 8 April 2011

CFP - "Eating Words: Text, Image, Food" One Day Workshop

Eating Words: Text, Image, Food - a one day workshop organized by the Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge

Some of our most material interactions with texts are grounded in the very
food that we eat. Comestibles are eloquent objects; they come stamped with words,
festooned with decorative designs, and wrapped in packaging that is at once
visually and verbally loquacious. The kitchen has long been a textual domain,
regulated by cookery books and recipe collections and noisy with inscriptions
on pots, pans, plates and pastry-moulds. This one-day colloquium will explore
numerous aspects of the relationship between writing, eating and domestic life
across a broad swathe of history, in order to illuminate the unsuspected power
of words and pictures in a paradigmatically practical locale and to shed light
on the textual condition more broadly.

Questions to be addressed include:
  • What is the relationship between the visual and the verbal in the history of food?
  • What archival and physical evidence survives for the textual realms of the kitchen, and what methodological challenges does it present?
  • Who produces the texts that circulate during the preparation and consumption of food, and for whom?
  • How do the textual economies of the kitchen relate to those of other household spaces-the study, the library, the gallery-and of the wider world?
  • How are public historical or cultural events refracted in the domestic locale and its object-worlds?
  • What permutations has the metaphor of reading-as-eating undergone in its long history?

Speakers include: Deborah Krohn (Bard Graduate Centre), Sara Pennell
(Roehampton University)

This one-day workshop will take place under the auspices of the Centre for
Material Texts, University of Cambridge, on I3 September 2OII. Please submit 25O
word proposals for 2O minute papers by I May to Melissa Calaresu (
and Jason Scott-Warren (