>From: "Ronald Ng" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Redefining Comparative Literature (1/20/07; 3/16/07-3/17/07)
>Navigating Interdisciplinarity, Cultivating New Spaces of Comparison
>Date: March 16th-17, 2007
>Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
>Keynote Speaker: Haun Saussy, Professor of Comparative Literature at
>Recently, the field of Comparative Literature has been experiencing a
>period of self-reflection. ?Trans, Pan, Intra: Cultures in Contact? is
>the title for the American Comparative Literature Association?s 2007
>conference. Comparative Literature in the Age of Globalism is the
>title of the most recent publication of scholarly critiques of a
>discipline dedicated to methods of comparison. As a contribution to
>the current discussion of global intellectual exchange, the Northrop
>Frye Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto is
>requesting papers which engage questions of interdisciplinary
>approaches to literature and culture.
>The Centre?s 18th annual international colloquium will focus on the
>ways approaches and methodologies from the Humanities, the Social and
>the Natural Sciences can be brought to bear on the study of literature
>or culture, thus redefining its object and scope. Papers may address
>the following questions directly or may use literary critique to
>reflect on one or more of the given issues:
>What new methods of critical analysis are developed when two distinct
>disciplinary approaches are combined?
>What can be gained by uniting normally separate fields of study? How
>does one decide which points of disciplinary intersection will yield
>the richest, most creative results?
>What are the dangers of too much interdisciplinarity? At what point do
>projects attempt to pull in so many theories, fields, languages, or
>literatures that they sacrifice intellectual focus or cohesion?
>How have discipline-specific terminologies been applied to other,
>usually unrelated fields of study?
>What discipline-specific methodologies (scientific, mathematical,
>linguistic, economic, philosophical, legal, etc.) have been borrowed
>from one field and applied to another to reach new analytical
>Are there rules for interdisciplinary approaches? What should the
>guidelines and basic requirements be to ensure that projects which
>draw upon multiple disciplines do so in an academically rigorous manner?
>Does ?Comparative Literature? need to involve literature at all? Can
>pieces of music, paintings, films, etc. serve as ?texts?? Does
>replacing a language requirement with ?fluency? in another discipline
>bring about a crisis that has the potential to redefine Comparative
>If decentralisation, decolonisation, and globalisation have brought
>about a change in the Eurocentric territorialisation of knowledge,
>does Comparative Literature need to renegotiate a space for itself?
>Would sedentarization betray and compromise Comparative Literature?
>Are ?disciplinary? nomadism and sedentarization false alternatives?
>Comparative Literature students are often told that they need a
>?dominant? literature in their work that would strengthen their
>application for a position in a specialized department. Does this
>practical concern undermine the philosophy of this field or
>subordinate Comparative Literature in relation to other disciplines?
>Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Ronald Ng via
>email by January 20th 2006: [log in to unmask]
>Graduate students from various disciplines are encouraged to apply.
>Please observe the following procedures to enable blind peer review:
>1) attach a short biographical note on a separate page, 2) do not
>include your name on the same page as your abstract, and 3) type
>?abstract? in the subject line of your email. Also, please indicate at
>the end of your abstract if you will require any special resources for
>Centre for Comparative Literature
>University of Toronto
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