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The ‘Minor’ in World Literature: Reconfigurations, Recognitions, and Resonances

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Organizer: Simla Dogangun

Co-Organizer: H. Esra Almas

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In the expansive landscape of world literature, the notion of “the minor” materializes as a nuanced and intricate realm, concurrently exposing and obscuring voices from the periphery. The term “minor” has often been associated with secondary status within the literary landscape. The twenty-first century witnessed a resurfacing of multilingualism, with languages and cultures of minorities occupying public space and shaping the literary. The visibility of the minor, however, has not reduced questions of hierarchy, marginality or precarity. Minor contexts map the multilingualism of the cultural landscape, question the power dynamics and the paradoxes within world literary space. The minor also transcends boundaries, resonating with postcolonial theory, feminist thought, and cultural studies. Utilizing Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's intricate analysis of Franz Kafka's conceptualization of “minor literature,” and building upon its resurgent academic prominence as evidenced in the seminal works of of Pascale Casanova (2004), David Damrosch (2009, 2017), Wai Chee Dimock (2007), Françoise Lionnet and Shu-Mei Shih (2005) and Galin Tihanov (2014), this panel seeks to navigate the complex dynamics of scale and hierarchy that govern its definition, recognition, and resonance. We invite writers, scholars, translators, and literary enthusiasts to join a dialogue on how the minor shapes, and is shaped by, the world of letters, in relation to the following questions: Minor Literatures and Languages: How are minor languages and literatures represented and negotiated within the global literary framework? What does it mean to write in a “minor” language in a multilingual context.? How does translation mediate this experience? How do minor literatures resist, redefine, and engage with dominant literary narratives? The Minor and the Marginal: How do marginalized authors articulate and present their unique cultural identities and experiences? What strategies are employed to navigate the dichotomy of the center and periphery, the major and the minor? Intersectionality and Multivocality: How does “the minor” intersect with gender, ethnicity, and class? How does it foster a multidimensional exploration of identity and agency in a globalized context? Global Perspectives on the Minor: How does the examination of “the minor” redefine our understanding of global literary currents? What challenges and opportunities arise in the pursuit of inclusivity and diversity within world literature? Literary Theory and the Minor: What theoretical frameworks, including but not limited to the work of Deleuze and Guattari, help unpack “the minor”? How does the understanding of the minor evolve across epistemic and cultural paradigms? Minor and Hierarchy: Can minor help understand the hierarchies within the literary field – such as genre (Levine and Mani, 2013)? Organizers: Simla Dogangun ( and H. Esra Almas (  

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