Tools of Transgression: Diverse Stategies in Comparative Methodologies

deadline for submissions: 
March 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of California Davis Department of Comparative Literature
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Tools of Transgression:

Diverse Strategies in Comparative Methodologies

UC Davis Department of Comparative Literature

Graduate Student Conference

October 6th and 7th, 2017


Call for Papers:


We are pleased to welcome Keynote speaker Barbara Fuchs from the University of California, Los Angeles.


This conference invites proposals that explore innovative comparative research methodologies and teaching practices. We aim to understand the shifts and developments of methodological tools in the context of the widening definitions of the term comparative. This focus emphasizes the ongoing evolution of the field in an increasingly globalized academic climate and underlines self-reflection as a foundational element of modern scholarship. Specifically, we seek to answer the following questions: Do certain methodological approaches (Translation Studies, Post humanism, affect theory, digital humanities, etc.) create new opportunities to connect and compare previously unrelated texts? In our research and teaching, how do we select, adapt, or merge interpretive tools in an environment that asks us to think of comparison globally? Can we coherently explain the discontinuities invoked by a transcultural approach to literature? How do these methodologies demonstrate the developing boundaries in current research? For us and for our students, what is to be gained or lost in the process of redefining traditional canons or approaches to area studies? 

Suggested topics and themes include, but are not limited to:


  • Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies           
  • Trans-national, Trans-historical
  • Cosmopolitanism and Inequality
  • Translation Studies
  • Intertextuality
  • Deconstruction
  • Ecocriticism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Migration/Immigration
  • Censorship
  • Comparative Pedagogies
  • Postmodernism
  • Canonicity
  • Post-colonialism
  • Post humanism/Transhumanism
  • Close/distant reading
  • Affect Theory 

300 word abstracts should be sent to Samantha Erigio, Nicholas Talbott, and Tori White at by March 30th, 2017.