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Waving Borders/Affranchir la frontière

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:52am
University of Montreal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018

International symposium of the research project « Out of place : Law, literature and migration » (SSHRC), organized in collaboration with La maison de la Syrie

Call for papers 

November 22-24 2018


Organizing committee : Marie-Eve Bradette (University of Montreal), Laurence Sylvain (University of Montreal), Simon Harel (University of Montreal) and Youssef Shoufan (La maison de la Syrie)



No borders. No fences. Free movement for all.



Conference topic

(CFP: PAMLA 2018) Performing Empathy

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:55pm
Toshiaki Komura / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Session Title – Performing Empathy:  When Literary Texts Are Acts of Kindness

This session seeks papers on the empathic potentials of literature, broadly defined.  The subtext here is the social division in the present-day America, where sympathy fatigue—a feeling of resentment arising from the belief that one has been asked to extend one’s sympathy to outgroups, such as women, minorities, immigrants, and the poor, beyond what one feels is reasonable—is often cited as one reason for the intransigence.  The larger question we will ask ourselves is the following:  how can literature act as a vehicle of empathic connection and reinforce people’s capacity for compassion toward the marginalized other?