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49th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, April 24-25, CSU Long Beach
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Dr. Vlatka Velcic, Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics, CSU Long Beach
49th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
Connections and Intersections: Interdisciplinarity Within and Among Disciplines
Our global world presents us with complex issues that can be investigated only from multiple perspectives, resulting in the adoption of interdisciplinary approaches in many traditional academic areas and the formation of many new interdisciplinary fields. Arguably, it is hard to accomplish substantial research in any discipline without addressing “interdisciplinarity” and using some interdisciplinary methods.
Comparative Literature has been an essentially interdisciplinary field since its formation as an academic discipline. Comparatists examine representations across linguistic and cultural borders but also incorporate methodologies from related and diverse fields such as history, psychology, linguistics, political science, art history, and many others. Interdisciplinarity enables comparatists to examine difficult and timeless but at the same time urgent or emergent questions on how humans represent and form their historical and cultural identities and how they interpret and construct meaning(s) in historically and culturally specific contexts.
We invite 250-word proposals for 15-20 minute individual presentations or one-hour panel discussions with up to 6 speakers on interdisciplinary connections and intersections in Comparative Literature and other academic fields. Specifically, the proposals might address some of the following issues and topics:
• What are the specific challenges of interdisciplinary research within Comparative Literature and other disciplines that envision themselves as “interdisciplinary”?
In addition to these potential topics, we are particularly interested in examples of effective interdisciplinary research and analysis, whether in Comparative Literature or other academic fields.
Send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: March 15, 2014