The Centre for Comparative Literature
at the University of Toronto
invites abstracts for its 17th annual graduate student conference
The Politics of Memory
to be held from
March 31st to April 2, 2006.
Susan Rubin Suleiman will be the keynote speaker.
Papers may address interdisciplinary issues related
to, but not limited to, the following questions:
- In what ways does literature illuminate the
historical construction and remembering of particular
identities, events, and nations?
- How do different genres and media (poetry, theatre,
film, graphic novels, etc.) depict history? How does
their language (verbal, visual, etc.) influence or
challenge collective historical memories?
- How do different readers receive a historical
narrative? What happens when one reader is more
familiar with the depicted historical event?
- What is the responsibility of the author/reader
toward history as it concerns real people and events?
- How does interdisciplinarity today offer new
techniques for studying the relationships among
literature, memory, and history, as well as their
New Deadline: Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to:
by January 16, 2006.
Graduate students from various disciplines are
encouraged to apply. Please observe the following
procedures to enable blind peer review: 1) attach a
short biographical note on a separate page, 2) do not
include your name on the same page as your abstract,
and 3) type 'abstract' in the subject line of your
email. Also, indicate at the end of your abstract if
you will require any special resources for your
Papers may be given in English or French with
citations in any language. The Centre will publish a
selection of papers from the conference in TRANSverse:
A Comparative Studies Journal.
For more information on the Centre for Comparative
Literature, please visit:
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