We are very excited to announce the conference in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies to be held at Yaşar University, İzmir, on October 30th and 31st, 2014. The title of this year’s conference, organized by the Department of English Language and Literature and intended to be comparative and interdisciplinary in scope is “Remnants of the Nation.”
CFP: Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Symposium:
“Remnants of the Nation,” 30-31 October, 2014
Yaşar University, English Language and Literature Department, Izmir, Turkey
Is all that is left of the nation a set of remnants to be mourned, or is mourning over remains precisely a sign of our captivation by the form of the nation? Posing the question of the remnants of the nation within the field of literary and cultural studies in 2014, this two-day seminar aims to raise a number of contemporary—or contemporarily exacerbated—problems of national form, and it intends to do so from a comparative perspective.
We invite proposals for paper presentations that discuss the nation and its margins in relation to remnants, memories, and memorializing from the fields of literary and cultural studies and/or interdisciplinary studies that incorporate insights from other social sciences and humanities disciplines. Topics can include, but are not limited to,
Alternative paradigms: regionalisms, globalism, atlanticisms, hybridity
Depictions: remains of the nation in visual culture
Exchanges (population, cultural, linguistic), translations, and transpositions
Architecture, (urban) space, and national identity
Immigration/ethnicity and gentrification/displacement in postmetropolis
Media: discourse and nationality
The seminar and subsequent workshop on cultural pluralism and academic literary studies in Turkey will take place on 30-31 October 2014 on Yaşar University’s central campus in Bornova, Izmir. Confirmed keynotes include Prof. Meyda Yeğenoğlu (Cultural Studies and Sociology, Istanbul Bilgi University), Prof. Kader Konuk (Turkish Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen), and Emeritus Prof. Ayşe Lahur Kırtunç (Ege University, Faculty of Letters).
Please send proposals of 250 words, with a 100-word biography in MS Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org June 30th 2014.
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