CFP: The Politics of Memory (grad) (1/9/06; 3/31/06-4/2/06)

full name / name of organization: 
annarita primier

The Centre for Comparative Literature

at the University of Toronto

invites abstracts for its 17th annual graduate student conference

The Politics of Memory

to be held from

March 31st to April 2, 2006.






Papers may address interdisciplinary issues related to, but not limited to, the following questions:


   In what ways does literature illuminate the historical construction and remembering of particular identities, events, and nations?
   How do different genres and media (poetry, theatre, film, graphic novels, etc.) depict history? How does their language (verbal, visual, etc.) influence or challenge collective historical memories?
   How do different readers receive a historical narrative? What happens when one reader is more familiar with the depicted historical event?
   What is the responsibility of the author/reader toward history as it concerns real people and events?
   How does interdisciplinarity today offer new techniques for studying the relationships among literature, memory, and history, as well as their political implications?



Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to

by January 9, 2006.


Graduate students from various disciplines are encouraged to apply. Please observe the following procedures to enable blind peer review: 1) attach a short biographical note on a separate page, 2) do not include your name on the same page as your abstract, and 3) type "abstract" in the subject line of your email. Also, indicate at the end of your abstract if you will require any special resources for your presentation.


Papers may be given in English or French with citations in any language. The Centre will publish a selection of papers from the conference in TRANSverse: A Comparative Studies Journal.


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