Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) will be hosting a conference entitled ‘Literary Transnationalism(s)‘ on 8-10 October 2015.
From the organisers:
In recent approaches to literary studies we notice a turning away from an (almost) exclusive attention to national literatures in favor of a variety of “transnational” approaches. One may here think of world literature and geocriticism, but also of the so-called “-phone” studies, i.e. anglophone, francophone, hispanophone, or lusophone, but increasingly also sinophone and other linguistically-inspired categories, often from a postcolonial perspective, in the case of literatures in European languages, but sometimes also from an “imperial” point of view, as has sometimes been argued with respect, precisely, to sinophone developments. But it is equally possible to consider not necessarily linguistically but rather culturally, historically, or geographically related areas such as “Europe,” the Americas (often now referred to as “hemispheric America”), the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, the Atlantic or the Pacific Rim, the Indian Ocean, or the Silk Road. There is room for both synchronic and diachronic reflections on any or all of these approaches.
The conference will bring together a number of leading international theoreticians, critics and literary historians. Confirmed participants include: David Damrosch (Harvard University), Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University), Longxi Zhang (City University of Hong Kong), Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus University), Hans Bertens (Utrecht University, President of the International Comparative Literature Association), Ottmar Ette (University of Potsdam), César Domínguez (University of Santiago de Compostela), Jean Bessière (University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle), Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford).
The organisers would like to offer participants the opportunity to test their own insights, theories and proposals in an intensive exchange of views with these internationally recognised authorities. At the same time the international experts will be invited to not only consider their own specialty, but to at least partially adopt a meta-stance, reflecting on their own approach next to and in relation to the other approaches highlighted.