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Seminars

Unfinished : The Theory and Praxis of Incompletion

Organizer: Madeleine Reddon

This seminar examines theories of “unfinishedness” that pose the question of incompletion as a critical aspect of literary praxis as well as an interpretive gesture. In doing so, we seek to... more

Slavic "Others": Inhuman, Nonhuman, Posthuman

Organizer: Drago Momcilovic

The “other” is a central conceit in both canonical and contemporary Slavic & East European literature and the arts. Archetypal characters like Tchaikovsky’s swans, Čapek’s robots, Tokarczuk’s... more

Franchise Cultures

Organizer: Benjamin Robertson

The term “franchise” has long refered to a production model that develops a consistent storyworld in order to leverage this world indefinitely as intellectual property. The James Bond films provide... more

Episodes from the Morphological History of the Novel

Organizer: Nicholas Paige

Papers sought for a seminar on formal change in the novel, from whatever period. Diachronic narratology, the history of the book, and Digital Humanities have been slowly modifying our understanding... more

BL: Queer Vernaculars in World Literature

Organizer: Cheng-Chai Chiang

This seminar proposes a collaborative theorization of Boys Love (BL), a transnational Asian media phenomenon conventionally associated with adolescent heterosexual female fan subcultures who create,... more

Violence and Affects in Latin America

Organizer: Alicia Rios

During the 1990s, feminist, gender, sexualities, queer and trans cultural studies have been theorizing affects as a way out of the believed impasse generated by post-modern psychoanalytic and... more

Cosmopolitics and Cosmopoetics

Organizer: Gabriel Trop

Recent responses to the intensifying urgency of political, economic, cultural, and existential crises have turned to cosmological thinking as an experimental site in which to initiate a wholesale... more

Formal Innovation in Small Literatures

Organizer: Andrea Cabajsky

The seminar organizers seek proposals that investigate connections between theme and form in small literatures. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that focus on formal innovation... more

Asian/ and Asian American Representations on Screen

Organizer: Yu Min (Claire) Chen

Since Lumière brothers' first films debuted in Paris in 1895,  motion pictures have evolved and advanced from early silent, black and white film to today’s use of 3D and new technology.... more

Aging and Ageisms across European Enlightenments

Organizer: Cynthia Laura Vialle-Giancotti

Old age is less the result of a biological reality, than the by-product of a cultural and social construction. Each culture and society determines its age and rites of passage relative to specific... more

Literatures of Transnational Race/Critique

Organizer: Taylor Johnston-Levy

Since the 2020 global resurgence of Black Lives Matter, race critique has been disparaged as an unwanted American export. European politicians, for example, attribute demonstrations against police... more

East Asian War Films

Organizer: (Aaron) Feng Lan

The most unforgettable events marking the modern histories of East Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Japan are perhaps the series of military conflicts, ranging from civil wars to regional... more

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