Global Languages, Local Cultures: Annual Meeting American Comparative Literature Association, March 26-29, 2009

Event title (long): 

Seminars:

After Everything is Said: Representations of Place, Site, Community

Multiples Voices: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives on Drama

The Political Theologies of Paul of Tarsus

MULTIPLE VOICES:Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives on Drama

 

 

City: 
Cambridge
Country: 
USA
Organizer: 
Harvard University
Closing date for submissions: 
1 November, 2008
Event dates: 
26.03.2009 - 29.03.2009
Contact: 
info@acla.org

Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association

 

ACLA Conference "Global Languages, Local Cultures",
Harvard University, March 26-29, 2009

Deadline for submission of papers: November 1, 2008

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SEMINAR TITLE: 

After Everything is Said: Representations of Place, Site, Community


“Stories diversify, rumours totalize. If there is still a certain oscillation between them, it seems that today there is rather a
stratification: stories are becoming private and sink into the secluded places in neighbourhoods, families, or individuals, while the rumours ropagated by the media cover everything and, gathered under the figure of he city, the masterwork of anonymous law, the substitute for all proper names, they wipe out or combat any superstitions guilty of still resisting
the figure.” De Certeau.

This seminar will consider papers that account for the position of the writer / producer (fiction, journalism, film…) in terms of a place, site, or community which is the subject of the work (papers which assess the relation between the producer and a location), and papers which account for habits of representation, translation, in terms of diversification / totalization. How do we speak about ourselves. How do we speak about the other?

Please submit proposals for this seminar to: http://www.acla.org/submit/
or consult the website at http://www.acla.org/acla2009/?p=351
or send enquiries to Richard House:

The deadline for paper submissions is November 1, 2008.

 

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SEMINAR TITLE:

Multiples Voices: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives on Drama

Panel leaders: Dorothy Figueira & Marc Maufort

This panel will focus on the many ways in which comparative literature studies can become a useful tool to examine dramatic works. Intercultural dialogue will be encouraged and the panel leaders’ presentations will seek to establish this pattern: while Dorothy Figueira will deal with Indian drama (in particular, Girish Karnad’s reworking of Thomas Mann, Jean Anouihl, and Sanskrit folk tales in Hayavadana), Marc Maufort will examine how Anglo-Celtic, Maori, and ethnic cultures are represented on the contemporary New Zealand stage. Papers concentrating on reinterpretations of the Euro-American canon through a comparative and/or intercultural perspective will be welcome. To that effect, various historical periods as well as different languages can be considered. In order to avoid a Eurocentric perspective, comparative analyses of non-Western dramatic traditions or playwrights are invited. Examinations of postcolonial dramaturgies, evidenced in the works of playwrights such as Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, to give but two prominent examples, will be quite profitable. Of particular interest in this respect will be the contemporary growing body of multi-ethnic drama in various Western and non-Western cultures. How can comparative literature methodology contribute to a better understanding of these dramatic practices? Presentations can combine texual study, performance analysis and/or dramaturgical commentary with comparatist methodology, so as to offer interdisciplinary approaches.

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically on the American Comparative Literature Association website by November 1, 2008.

 

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SEMINAR TITLE:

The Political Theologies of Paul of Tarsus


* Seminar Organizer: Julia Ng, Northwestern U; Virgil Brower, Northwestern U and Chicago Theological Seminary; Markus Hardtmann, Centre College

The figure of Paul dominates the self-understanding of Western political and social institutions as Judeo-Christian in their heritage; its significance extends beyond purely religious concerns. The recent resurgence of interest in Paul among theologians, philosophers, and political theorists also attests to the importance of Pauline theology for the contemporary socio-political realm. This "globalization" of Paul has in no small part been enabled by the recognition that Paul's concern for law and justice has little to do with individual salvation or private righteousness, and rather more with its own "globalization" of a "local" context: the decaying Roman empire, in which "nationality" consisted in a multiplicity of "ethnoi" hoping for a justice to come beyond any particular instantiation of justice by law. Taking the plurality and multilingualism of peoples and faiths underlying Paul's universalizing aspirations as a departure, this seminar invites papers to explore and elaborate on any aspect of the politicization and radicalization of his thought. Possible topics include: How does the recent focus on Paul - in texts by Agamben, Badiou, Derrida and Taubes, for instance - seek to renew a critical language of authority, hospitality, community and universality within contemporary philosophical and political discourse? To what extent do these political theologies join or part ways with other interpretive communities such as psychoanalysis and Latin American liberation theology? How might translation - by Paul, by his exegetes from Origen to Barth - help (re)draw political boundaries in Pauline discourse? Does the engagement with Paul in literature and film by Hölderlin, Hebel, Kafka, Pasolini or others challenge the exegetical tradition, or does the local character of interpretation participate in Paul's epistolary message about radical community?

Please submit paper proposals by Nov. 1, 2008 directly through the ACLA website at:
http://www.acla.org/acla2009/?page_id=7

For further information, please contact Julia Ng ( ) or visit the conference website at:
http://www.acla.org/acla2009/?p=170

 

  • Program

Friday, March 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Universalism, Justice, and Contemporary Politics
Moderator: Julia Ng, Northwestern U

Robert Norton, Notre Dame
"Nietzsche, Paul, and the Idea of Justice"
Dominik Finkelde, Hochschule für Philosophie
"Universal or Subjective Truth. Badiou, Agamben and Zizek in Dispute on *Paul* the Apostle"
Verena Rauen, Ruhr University Bochum
"The Fable of Resurrection and Subjective Universalism. Alain Badiou's Reading of St. Paul"
Virgil Brower, Chicago Theological Seminary, Northwestern U
"Populist Electus"

Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Law, Messianism, Empire
Moderator: Virgil Brower, Chicago Theological Seminary, Northwestern U

Julia Hell, U of Michigan
"Katechon: Carl Schmitt's Concept of Imperial Mimesis"
John Ackerman, Northwestern U
"Rosenzweig, Paul, and Critical Political Theology"
Randi Rashkover, George Mason U
"The Law that Remains: Reading Agamben through Barth and Rosenzweig"
William Rauscher, NYU
"The Ends of Law: On Messianism and Sovereignty in Taubes' Reading of Saint Paul's Political Theology"

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Political Theologies of the Arts
Moderator: Markus Hardtmann, Centre College

Julia Ng, Northwestern U
"Angelus Satanas. Benjamin, Paul, and the Enemy in the Flesh"
Rochelle Tobias, Johns Hopkins U
"The Nature of Spirit: Spirit, Ethics, and the Letter in Benjamin"
Ian Cooper, Selwyn College, Cambridge U
"Shades of Messianic Time: Celan, Hölderlin and Caravaggio"
Henrik Wilberg, Northwestern U
"Nominalism and Heresy. On Pasolini's 'Paul'"

 

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SEMINAR TITLE:

MULTIPLE VOICES:Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives on Drama

 

Panel leaders: Dorothy Figueira & Marc Maufort

This panel will focus on the many ways in which comparative literature studies can become a useful tool to examine dramatic works. Intercultural dialogue will be encouraged and the panel leaders’ presentations will seek to establish this pattern: while Dorothy Figueira will deal with Indian drama (in particular, Girish Karnad’s reworking of Thomas Mann, Jean Anouihl, and Sanskrit folk tales in Hayavadana), Marc Maufort will examine how Anglo-Celtic, Maori, and ethnic cultures are represented on the contemporary New Zealand stage. Papers concentrating on reinterpretations of the Euro-American canon through a comparative and/or intercultural perspective will be welcome. To that effect, various historical periods as well as different languages can be considered. In order to avoid a Eurocentric perspective, comparative analyses of non-Western dramatic traditions or playwrights are invited. Examinations of postcolonial dramaturgies, evidenced in the works of playwrights such as Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott, to give but two prominent examples, will be quite profitable. Of particular interest in this respect will be the contemporary growing body of multi-ethnic drama in various Western and non-Western cultures. How can comparative literature methodology contribute to a better understanding of these dramatic practices? Presentations can combine texual study, performance analysis and/or dramaturgical commentary with comparatist methodology, so as to offer interdisciplinary approaches.

Interested participants should submit an abstract electronically on the American Comparative Literature Association by November 1, 2008.