The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin's Working Group Modernity and Islam, in cooperation with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, invites applications for an international Summer Academy on the theme:
“LITERATURES AND BORDERS – DELIMITATIONS. TRANSGRESSIONS”
The Summer Academy is scheduled for August 29 – September 8, 2004 at the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, Egypt and will be chaired by Dr. Friederike Pannewick (Free University Berlin). 24 young scholars will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their current research, while a group of leading scholars from the field of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Literatures will act as tutors. The Summer Academy will focus on three issues:
The first focus will be on questions of literary theory and methodology concerning the concepts of national literatures and world literature. The term world literature does not point to a canon of exemplary works, but rather to a new prerequisite of literary production in the context of transnational communication. This section will have to tackle the paradoxical phenomenon that the idea of world literature was developed in Europe by Goethe at the same time as concepts of national literature emerged in European Romanticism. In our reflection on various theories of world literature, the focus will be on the simultaneity of drawing and crossing borders. To what extent can these developments, concepts, and literary terms also be applied outside their European place of origin or be reconceptualized from other perspectives?
The second focus is on literary mobility in space and language, on issues associated with Diaspora, exile and minorities, and facets of multilingualism. Relevant aspects are the hegemonial potential of language, hybrid forms of language (Kanaksprak, Franglais, etc.), the homogenization of literary forms versus the disappearance of certain other forms, and problems of translation.
The third focus is on the mobility of literary (and maybe also performative and visual) forms and genres. During processes of transfer, not only the receiving culture but also the transferred aesthetic form itself changes. Post-colonial theory has made some very interesting points toward gaining a better understanding of contemporary non-European literatures; but the underlying concept of an exclusive dichotomy of colonial, i.e., European, powers and colonized cultures runs the risk of missing the crucial multilateral relationships between various non-European literatures, like the Arabic and Latin-American literatures. And it neglects the colonies' multiple repercussions on the colonizers.
The Summer Academy will be held within the overall framework of the project "Cultural Mobility in Near Eastern Literatures” (supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), which focuses on the diverse processes of transfer, exchange, and interaction between the literatures of the Near East and other world literatures.
CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION
Participants receive a stipend covering travel and accommodation expenses. The program addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern and other Philologies, and historians, anthropologists, and sociologists with an interest in literary studies and in opening up Comparative Studies beyond the limitations of national or regional perspectives. The researchers' work should be clearly relevant to the theme(s) of the summer academy. The working language is English. The application, consisting of a curriculum vitae, a five-page outline of the project the applicant is currently working on, with a brief summary thereof, and two names of referees (university faculty members) should be submitted and received, in English, by April 15, 2004 to the address given below.
The Summer Academy is funded by the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
For further information on the Swedish Institute in Alexandria: http://www.swedalex.org.
Working Group Modernity and Islam, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Wallotstraße 19, 14193 Berlin, Germany
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