According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions,” we are fragmented into a piece of “information” and isolate ourselves in what is believed to be subjectivity (“The Storyteller”). And yet, in exceptional situations, storytelling appears still possible. For example, when the northeast Japan was struck by the earthquake and tsunami disaster, after initial muteness and banal narrativization by the major media (which was indeed a disaster for storytelling), there emerged stories among the survivors.
In the trajectory of neoliberalism and an increasingly global marketplace, the necessity of undercutting the Western subsumption of the world is urgent. As Jean-Luc Nancy has argued, however, such a saturation of Western meaning, though potentially catastrophic, is not a forgone conclusion. On the contrary, it is precisely at the limit of the Western notions of telos and subjective agency that a new conception of the world can be collectively understood and created. It is also against such a limit that feminist discourses challenge the universal subject in the name of sexual difference and theories of intersectionality.
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A decade ago, Dipesh Chakrabarty declared in “The Climate of History: Four Theses” that understanding climate change required a transformation in our concept of history. This seminar poses history as a limit-problem for contemporary literary and critical responses to climate change. How do existing responses, in light of their various theoretical provenances, contend with a phenomenon whose nature is diachronically outside an anthropocentric critical framework and irreducible to the terms and temporalities of human history, economics, and social structuration? Under the heading “speculative ecology,” our panel aims to bring together literary, theoretical, and historical responses to the ecological crisis of our time.
Medieval Virtualities (A Roundtable)
A Sponsored Session from the Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers Univ.
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS Kalamazoo), May 7-10, 2020
Extrapolating Nostalgia: Special issue of Science Fiction Studies
IX International Gothic Literture Congress:
“Internationalizing the Gothic”
Objective: To continue the study of the plural presence of the Gothic in various modes of art, as well as time and space contexts.
Dates: December 2, 3 & 4, 2020 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
Place: School of Modern Languages, University of Costa Rica
Call for Papers: We are calling for papers centered upon the idea of the Gothic as a timeless and intertextual mode that surpasses the limits of genre and nation.
A recent trend has seen many writers create literary narratives that confront twentieth-century events while inscribing into that past the authors’ contemporary selves (e.g.: Binet 2009; Jablonka 2012; Foenkinos 2014). These biographical meta-narratives seem dictated by the impossibility to construct one’s own subjectivity without facing the very notions of civilization and humanity that our violent pasts have reconfigured.
The University We Want
This seminar asks when we let ourselves engage in utopian thinking, what do we want the university to be? We recognize that the university needs to change, but what should we change it into? How should teaching and learning happen? Who should make decisions and how? What should these institutions identify as their mandate, and how should they exist within their community? What might radical approaches rooted in ecologically responsible practices or decolonization look like?
Experience: Identity, Society, and Culture
Southwest Humanities Symposium, February 20-22
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Phillip Carter, Florida International University
The Department of English is thrilled to announce its 25th annual Southwest English Symposium (SWES), rebranded this year as the Southwest Humanities Symposium, will be held at Arizona State University Tempe campus on Feb 20-22, 2020. This year’s theme is “Experience: Identity, Society, and Culture.”