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Seminars

Race, Queerness, and the (Long) Millenial Novel

Organizer: J. Brendan Shaw

Much has been written in the popular press about generational shifts and especially what and who are the Millenials – those people who were born in the late 1980s through the late 1990s. An element... more

The Violence of Modernity in Women's Narratives

Organizer: Geetha Ramanathan

Extensive research on western industrial modernity in the twentieth century has explored the potential for women’s emancipation in society and representation in the civic order. Scholars have... more

Beyond Modernity as a Queer Aesthetic Project

Organizer: Isabel von Holt

What comes after modernity? Numerous thinkers ranging from Jürgen Habermas and Bruno Latour to Walter Mignolo and Rita Segato have explored this topic, illuminating the landscape of late capitalism,... more

Ante-Disciplinarity and Black Study

Organizer: Seulghee Lee

This seminar aims to conceptualize ante-disciplinarity. Toward the end of “Characteristics of Negro Expression” (1934), Zora Neale Hurston writes: “To those who want to institute a Negro theatre,... more

Methodologies of Literature and Science

Organizer: Naomi Michalowicz

When we employ the formulation “literature and science,” what work does the “and” do, exactly? What are the methodological choices, comparative tools, and shared presumptions collapsed into this... more

Anticolonial Poetics in Form and Performance

Organizer: Allison Gibeily

This seminar considers the political force of poetic form for anticolonial poets and poetries from multiple contexts. We understand poetic form to encompass everything from meter and rhyme, strophe... more

Aesthetic Agonisms

Organizer: John Brenkman

The association of aesthetic judgment with consensus, universality, taste, and value is widely disputed, often to the point of rejecting the concept itself. Can an agonistic conception reinvigorate... more

States of Trance/Trans

Organizer: Kendra Atkin

What is a state? We might think of the national institution, The State, as the organizing structure of modern sovereign power. To state something may also be to make a declaration, to sure something... more

Modernist Prolegomena

Organizer: Anna Torres-Cacoullos

As prefatory interventions, paratexts such as prologues, prefaces,  preambles, dedicatory letters, and addresses to readers have largely been neglected by scholars of modernist literatures... more

Force, in Theory

Organizer: Adam Frank

            How might it be possible to think the concept of force from a contemporary standpoint in the theoretical humanities? Whether as... more

End of World Literature: Genres of Apocalypse

Organizer: Jason Frydman

The rise of the environmental humanities has increasingly obliged literary researchers to confront the spectre of what Jennifer Wenzel specifies as “eco-apocalypse.” The prefix implies the... more

Reader-Response Theory Rebooted

Organizer: Ashley Brock

This seminar explores ways that reader-response theory continues to inform and has the potential to advance literary studies in the twenty-first century. Though sometimes written off as an... more

Sociology of international circulation of literature

Organizer: Tristan Leperlier

The “global turn” has shaped debates in several fields such as history, sociology, literary and cultural studies, and delineated new contact zones between them. If world literature comprises “all... more

Economic Theologies, Theological Economies

Organizer: György Fogarasi

In the past two decades, a widening critical interface has gradually emerged between the seemingly remote discourses of theology and economics. One direction of research, “economic theology” (... more

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