CLUS 3: "Poetic Praxis: Lyric and Social Engagement" 05-31-2014

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UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Symposium
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Submission Deadline: March 1st

The 3rd annual Comparative Literature Undergraduate Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, which will take place on May 31, 2014, provides a space for undergraduates to present original research to their peers in the field of comparative literature and related disciplines. Prior departmental symposia have been incredibly successful, engaging dozens of presenters from across the world. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with professors, graduate students, and undergraduates who are leaders in their field. Subsequent publication in the UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal is a possibility for presenters with exceptionally strong research.

This year, the theme of our symposium is "Poetic Praxis: Lyric and Social Engagement." We are interested in poetry's relation to political practice and social critique across historical and linguistic boundaries. Preference will be given to proposals that integrate literary critique, theory, and social context to illustrate the complex dynamics of language, culture, and power in poetic texts. The conference will provide a voice for poetry's distinct methods of engagement with society across languages, time periods, literatures, and cultures. We encourage cross-cultural, translational, and literary dialogues between diverse poetic traditions, particularly those of historically underrepresented cultures. Presentations on original poetry are welcome, provided they primarily concern lyric strategies of social engagement or critique.

If you have concerns about the suitability of your research for our conference, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will respond promptly to all inquiries.

In order to be considered as a presenter, the undergraduate student must submit a detailed abstract (no more than 400 words). This abstract should briefly discuss the subject matter, thesis, main arguments, and conclusions or potential outcomes. The application can be found here: ( We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis until March 1st. Please visit our website ( and Facebook ( more details and updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Symposium committee directly at Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon!

The Symposium Committee