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Seminars

Return Literature

Organizer: Laila Amine

From diasporic returns to an ancestral home, reverse migrations, and the return visit of exiles to their country of origin, the protean genre of return literature often foregrounds an engagement with... more

Meme Aesthetics

Organizer: Mia You

Additional co-organizer: Stephen Best, UC Berkeley Dank memes, viral queens, magic dreams. In this seminar, we invite scholars from a range of disciplines to broach the topic memes in any way... more

Posthumous Publication

Organizer: Richard Thomson

Though “posthumousness” takes a variety of forms, the texts within its ambit share a quality that Jean-Christophe Cloutier, in Shadow Archives, calls “a belated form of timeliness.” The editorial... more

Periodizing the '90s

Organizer: Madeline Lane-McKinley

By any measure, the ‘90s appear now as a cultural watershed. Musically, grunge and rap exploded onto the world stage, as did new pop sounds from boy bands and girl groups to singer songwriters,... more

Rethinking Animal Comparison

Organizer: Samantha Pergadia

Since the 1970s, scholars have productively and problematically brought human and interspecies difference into comparison. The language of dehumanization, in feminist and Black studies, contends with... more

Early Modern sites of Opacity across Francophone Oceans

Organizer: Christina Kullberg

This seminar seeks to rethink representations and expressive forms of otherness in early modern oceanic Francophone spaces through the prism of Édouard Glissant’s concept “opacity.” If opacity is... more

Ontological Anarchy and Infrapolitics

Organizer: Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott

Ontological Anarchy and Infrapolitics In contemporary debates, after the impact of neoliberal globalization and the eruption of theories such as post-Marxism, post-colonialism, and post-modernism... more

Rhythm and Poetry

Organizer: Susan Bernstein

Rhythm and Poetry This seminar invites papers that explore the concept and operations of rhythm in poetry and beyond, especially in light of philosophical and psychoanalytic approaches to rhythm.... more

Civilizing Animals

Organizer: Keridiana Chez

       In H.G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia (1905), the botanist declares to the utopia-planning narrator: “I do not like your utopia, if there are to be no dogs.” Yet humanity’s... more

Moving Stories: Teaching Migration Literature

Organizer: Tasnim Qutait

In her Orwell prize-winning memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me (2019), Kate Clanchy details her experience as a teacher in the British public school system. Clanchy came to fame in... more

Reading Literary Institutions around 1900

Organizer: Alexander Starre

To confront literary institutions means to confront paradoxes at every level. Institutionalization is the enemy of “real” literature and art, avant-gardists and critical theorists will tell you.... more

Inter- and Intra-imperial Literary Networks

Organizer: Ji Hyea Hwang

In Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, Elleke Boehmer traces transnational solidarities formed within the British Empire amongst its colonies, showing how anti-colonial movements... more

Race, Caste, and Colorism

Organizer: Laura Brueck

In her book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020), Isabel Wilkerson argues that the United States operates under a caste system, one in which race is merely “the primary tool, and... more

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