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Hermeneutics and Literary Studies Today

Organizer: Jason Ciaccio

How we enter into the domain of interpretive possibility is the question that animates the discipline of hermeneutics, a field of study that originated in Biblical exegesis and that questions the... more

Translation as Reading

Organizer: Junjie Luo

When Gayatri Spivak (1993) discusses “translation as reading,” she focuses on the relationship that a translator establishes with the original text and its translation. This seminar examines the role... more

Quantitative Aesthetics

Organizer: Joan Lubin

How does literature count? Language and number appear as radically divergent, if not mutually exclusive, modes of representation. Their strategic separation not only frames our most fundamental... more

Anarchism and Culture

Organizer: Ania Aizman

Inviting interlocutors from a range of backgrounds and scholarly traditions, this seminar might consider canonized authors or anonymous zines, cult films or unknown archives, and works of art from... more

The Glissant Variations

Organizer: Seulghee Lee

This seminar seeks to delineate the continued influence of Edouard Glissant in critical thought. Our aim is to approach Glissant’s various conceptual keywords—“opacity,” “relation,” “detournment,” “... more

World Theory

Organizer: Jeffrey Di Leo

Disciplines from literary studies to environmentalism have been undergoing of late a spectacular reorientation whose result has been the refocusing of entire fields, methodologies, and... more

The Global Lyric Project

Organizer: Andrew Hui

The lyric is back (or perhaps it never went away). Consider the fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins’s Lyric... more


Organizer: Anirban Gupta-Nigam

In recent years, subtle discussions of beneficiaries (Bruce Robbins), bystanders (Robert Meister), spectators (Luc Boltanski), and implicated subjects (Michael Rothberg) have drawn attention to the... more

The Short Story's Global Dimensions

Organizer: Gavin Jones

The genre of the short story can seem compounded into a national narrative of emergence, theorization, and outsized importance in the United States. As Michael Collins has noted, the formal closure... more

A Glam Shame: Camp and Stigma

Organizer: Ian Fleishman

In celebration of WorldPride NYC, last month The Met published a two-part celebratory blog series on their ongoing exhibition, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Pushing back, as have so many others, against... more

Poetics from the Global South

Organizer: Nathan Suhr-Sytsma

“What if we posit that, in the present moment, it is the global south that affords privileged insight into the workings of the world at large?” Jean and John Comaroff, Theory from the South “... more