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>From: "Ronald Ng" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Redefining Comparative Literature (1/20/07; 3/16/07-3/17/07)
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>Navigating Interdisciplinarity, Cultivating New Spaces of Comparison
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>Date: March 16th-17, 2007
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>Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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>Keynote Speaker:  Haun Saussy, Professor of Comparative Literature at 
>Yale University
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>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:
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>What new methods of critical analysis are developed when two distinct 
>disciplinary approaches are combined?
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>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?
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>What are the dangers of too much interdisciplinarity? At what point do 
>comparative
>projects attempt to pull in so many theories, fields, languages, or 
>literatures that they sacrifice intellectual focus or cohesion?
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>How have discipline-specific terminologies been applied to other, 
>usually unrelated fields of study?
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>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 
>conclusions?
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>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?
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>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 
>Literature?
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>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?
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>Would sedentarization betray and compromise Comparative Literature? 
>Are ?disciplinary? nomadism and sedentarization false alternatives?
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>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?
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>Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Ronald Ng via 
>email by January 20th 2006: [log in to unmask]
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>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 
>your presentation.
>
>--
>Ronald Ng
>Doctoral Candidate
>Centre for Comparative Literature
>University of Toronto
>

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