Students from the Program in Comparative Literature invite paper proposals for our graduate student conference titled, "Survival Logics: Narrative and the Margins." The conference will be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ on March 25, 2011. We invite proposals from a wide range of disciplines which deal with survival narratives as they encounter one another in linguistic, social, cultural, political or geographic spaces.
The aim of this graduate student conference is to explore and develop critical and creative narrative practices that move us away from patterns of exclusion, competition and dispute for territory. We are proud to welcome Michael Rothberg, author of the recent Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, as our keynote speaker. Rothberg uses the concept of multidirectionality to theorize “ongoing negotiation, cross-referencing, and borrowing” between narratives to demonstrate how they connect to each other in ways that are “productive and not privative.” We are confident that his work will stimulate new ways of thinking about comparative studies of narrative in a wide range of fields.
One of our guiding questions will be: how can we think about the relatedness of literary traditions, cultural memories, histories and futures without eliding or overlooking key differences and the particular (dis)location and temporality of those positions?
Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 15 minute presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20, 2010. Please include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation and any AV requests. Final drafts of papers must be submitted by February 25, 2011 and will be pre-circulated.
For more information, please visit: http://complit.rutgers.edu.
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