CFP: “Translation, Comparatism and the Global South”
Date: 15 – 18 December 2013
Convener: S. Shankar, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
The aim of the XVI Conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of intellectual and disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the uses and abuses of translation and comparative methods in the context of the history, cultures and politics of the Global South. In the context of the pasts, presents and futures of the Global South, the conference invites approaches to “translation” from the point of view of theory (as the subject of metadiscursive rumination), of trope (as a rich metaphor for a variety of processes and experiences of transformation), and of practice (as the painstaking transference of a text from one language to another or, more generally, from one semiotic system to another). The conference envisages presentations and panels approaching “comparatism” historically as well as theoretically. Translation and comparatism are intimately linked topics. An act of translation is an act of comparison; and comparatism all too often depends on translation. The conference endeavors to direct sustained attention to translation, comparatism and crosscultural dialogue through social analyses, historical accounts, readings of texts, presentation of fieldwork, philosophical inquiries, and other such disciplinary and transdisciplinary sharing of work. Please see URL for detailed thematic description.
500-word abstract or proposal is due by August 30, 2013. The abstract should have a title for the presentation along with the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter and should be mailed as an email attachment to S. Shankar, the Convener of the Conference (firstname.lastname@example.org). Complete papers should be limited to 12 pages (approximately 20 minutes of reading time). A longer version may be submitted for possible publication in the Journal of Contemporary Thought or in the conference volume brought out by the Forum. The completed paper should reach the Convener of the Forum on Contemporary Theory (email@example.com) by November 15, 2013.
Prafulla C. Kar
Convener, Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda
Tel: 0265-2338067 ®; (0265) 2320870 (O)
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