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

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