CFP - Remnants of the Nation (October 30-31 2014, İzmir, Turkey)

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Yasar University - Faculty of Science and Letters, Department of English Language and Literature
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CFP: Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Symposium:
"Remnants of the Nation," 30-31 October, 2014
Yaşar Üniversity, English Language and Literature Department, İzmir, Turkey

Is all that is left of the nation a set of remnants to be mourned, or is mourning over remains precisely a sign of our captivation by the form of the nation? Posing the question of the remnants of the nation within the field of literary and cultural studies in 2014, this two-day seminar aims to raise a number of contemporary—or contemporarily exacerbated—problems of national form, and it intends to do so from a comparative perspective.
We invite proposals for paper presentations that discuss the nation and its margins in relation to remnants, memories, and memorializing from the fields of literary and cultural studies and/or interdisciplinary studies that incorporate insights from other social sciences and humanities disciplines. Topics can include, but are not limited to,

Nation, nationalism, trans-/post-nationalism, post-coloniality
Memory, mourning, nostalgia
Minority and migrant fictions
Diasporic memoirs, auto/biographies, life writing
Empire, state violence, and collective trauma
The gendering of home and homeland
Alternative paradigms: regionalisms, globalism, atlanticisms, hybridity
Depictions: remains of the nation in visual culture
Exchanges (population, cultural, linguistic), translations, and transpositions
Architecture, (urban) space, and national identity
Immigration/ethnicity and gentrification/displacement in postmetropolis
Media: discourse and nationality

The seminar and subsequent workshop on cultural pluralism and academic literary studies in Turkey will take place on 30-31 October 2014 on Yaşar University's central campus in Bornova, İzmir. Confirmed keynotes include Prof. Meyda Yeğenoğlu (Cultural Studies and Sociology Institute, İstanbul Bilgi University), Prof. Kader Konuk (Turkish Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen), and Emeritus Prof. Ayşe Lahur Kırtunç (Ege University, Faculty of Letters).
Please send proposals of 250 words, with a 100-word biography in MS Word format to
by June 30th 2014.
The language of the conference will be English.
For the complete version of the seminar description visit our website at