The addition of the term transnationalism to our critical vocabulary provides us with an opportunity to consider and reflect upon the current state of comparative literary studies. We intend to explore the concept of transnational literature, and its role within postmodern studies generally, starting from its definition as a way of reading fiction that supports the creation of communities that subvert metanarratives and dominant ideologies. The presumed result is that transnational interpretive strategies allow readers to reinvent the way we perceive our identities and our relationship with the world.
The members of Compass, the graduate student organization of the department of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, would like to invite interested graduate students and faculty in any branch of the humanities to discuss and debate these issues at our annual conference to be held on March 23 and 24, 2012. Submissions for formal presentations should address some dimension of the term 'transnationalism': for example, what does its emergence as a field of study mean for "world literature," "multiculturalism," or "postcolonial studies"? What is the relationship between transnationalism and globalization? What is the geopolitical context of the term's emergence? How does the term compete (or does it?) with Spivak's or Wai Chee Dimock's notion of "planetariness"? Submissions are due by Febrary 14, 2012 and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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