I attended the Institute for World Literature in the summer of 2016 when it was held at Harvard University. The program was attended by over 150 scholars from nearly 50 different countries in all. I enrolled in Eric Hayot’s seminar entitled “The Big and the Small,” which considered the importance of scalar models in world literature; as well as Paul Giles’ seminar on “Cross-temporalities,” which introduced temporal vectors to my analysis. There were plenary lectures given by Rebecca Walkoqitz, David Damrosch, and Homi Bhabha. All of the professors regularly held office hours, so I was able to meet with Bruce Robbins, and Margaret Cohen to discuss my dissertation project. I presented my own work at the Postcolonial & World Literature Colloquium to colleagues working in related fields, and received excellent feedback.
Students who attend IWL were provided with a university library card, which in this case gave me access to the largest university collection in the world. Needless to say, I felt as though I’d died and gone to heaven. I used this opportunity to conduct research for a now published article, entitled “Sof’town Slueths: The Hard-Boiled Genre Goes to Jo’burg.”
Although the IWL is a valuable intellectual space, it isn’t just a place for research; there is plenty of opportunity to make connections and have some fun in the process. A short train ride away from Boston are the towns of Gloucester, Amherst and Concord—home to Charles Olson, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, to name but a few. My personal highlight, in this regard, was swimming in Walden Pond before taking a nap in the shade of Emerson’s garden—an experience I will not soon forget!
Socrates is an international, multi-disciplinary refereed and indexed scholarly journal interested in promoting research in Language and Literature, Philosophy, Political Science and Law. They are now accepting submissions for papers and creative pieces that engage with aspects of postcolonialism and postcoloniality for their upcoming special issue, Investigating Postcoloniality and Postcolonialism as the Empire Writes Back.
The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2018. Click here to see their complete cfp and submission guidelines.
The University of Leeds is hosting an international three-day conference on world literature and its connections to cosmopolitanism, memory studies, and many other aspects of capitalist modernity including refugee crises, neo-fascisms and environmental disaster. Possible paper topics include:
- Economic crisis
- Combined and uneven development
- Postcolonialism and decolonial struggles
- Animal studies
- Biopolitics/ necropolitics
- Settler colonialism
- Indigenous studies
- Literary sociology (e.g., print culture, book market, UNESCO)
Click here to view their full cfp, or here to visit their conference page.
The conference is scheduled to take place June 20th-22nd, 2018, but the deadline for abstract submissions is coming up very soon – January 15th!
The Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics of California State University in Long Beach is currently accepting abstract submissions for their 53rd annual conference, “Borders, Place, and Translations.” Possible paper topics include:
- Political places such as the border, the city, the region, and the nation
- Personal places in literature, film, and other media
- Speculative and conceptual places such as haunted houses, mazes, and fictionalized landscapes
- Digital spaces, social media, and the borders of selective community discourse
- The concept of borders and their relationship to diaspora studies and identity studies
- The locus classicus, or the “places” of literary texts
- The relationship of language translation to place
- The concept of translation beyond the linguistic
The deadline for submissions is February 2nd, 2018, and the conference will take place April 25th-26th, 2018. Click here to view their complete cfp.
The Colloquium Committee of York University’s English Graduate Students’ Association (EGSA) is now accepting abstract submissions for our annual conference. This year’s conference, “Just Representations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice in World Literature,” will take place May 4-5, 2018. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics relating to the idea of justice in/and world literature. Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to):
- Fictional representations of international criminal courts
- Issues of justice in world literature
- Environmental justice/ecocriticism
- Fascism and eco-fascism
- Right-wing populism
- Representing/representations of the Holocaust
- Israel/Palestine Studies
- Voices of survivors of cultural genocide
- Memory and poetics
- Post-Apartheid drama and literature in South Africa
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a Canadian context
- The case for and problematics of reparations
- Indigenous resurgence, resistance, restitution
- Diasporic literature
- Refugee experiences
- Critical Race Studies
- Decolonial love
Please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation, along with a short biographical statement, to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2018. Click here to see our complete cfp.
As a complement to the colloquium, the theme of the 2019 issue of EGSA’s academic journal, Pivot, will also be “Just Representations.” The journal invites submissions for publication from colloquium participants.
The IWL, organized by the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, is now accepting applications for their summer program, taking place at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Applications close February 1st, 2018. See details here.
How do you use world literature theory and methodology in your research? What texts, authors, or critical approaches do you think of when you say “world literature”? Share your research angle!
Our blog is now accepting submissions from graduate students, independent scholars, writers, thinkers, and artists on any topic relating to the field of world literature. Send a 500-1000 word blog entry and a 50 word bio to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know when your piece will appear on our blog. We welcome submissions in a variety of styles and formats, including reflection pieces, lists of still-unanswered questions, as well as works in progress.
Please allow for a two-week turnaround time on the submissions, but do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the submission process.