SURVIVAL: University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, March 12-March 15, 2015

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Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

Keynote Addresses: Professor Christopher Fynsk (University of Aberdeen) and Professor Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul University)

Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory: Professor Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto)

**Please note that our submissions deadline has been extended to October 15**

Every catastrophe tests the limits of the human drive for self-preservation and exacts our prolonged negotiation with what has happened and what is to come. Estranged from traditional scaffoldings for her desires and values, the need for survival forces the individual to recognize the insufficiency of her inner resources if she is to live otherwise. Survival under the weight of loss – of faces and words, of relics and homes, of meanings and intimacies – survival in the wake of catastrophe carries the presentiment of a transfigured existence. This promise is a call that brings people together to rebuild the fragile yet necessary connections that constitute a world. We conceive of survival in diverse modes: the future of the work of art after canonicity; the ethics of testimony and witness; the precarity of the environment; the fatal effects of heteronormativity; the inheritance of cultural histories through interpretations, translations and archives; the experiences of globalization, displacement, and conflict.
The organizing committee of this conference invites all contributions that respond to the need to rethink what survival means today. Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:

• Freudian death drive; the undead; the uncanny
• Survivor's guilt; mourning; surviving the death of others
• The survival of the name
• Suicide and sacrifice
• Apocalyptic economies
• Aesthetics of eschatology
• Erotic foreclosure
• Afterlife of artworks
• Survival of/in capitalism
• Intersection of survival and obsolescence
• Apparitions; hauntology; revenants
• Survival of philosophy and the humanities
• The death of god
• Class struggle; the nation-state; warfare
• Surviving gender- and sexuality-based violence
• Survivalist movements
• Ecology; ecopoetics; anti-evolutionism
• Consumer goods that have outlived their use (antiques; collectors)
• Guilt and debt
• Gentrification; architectural history; ruins
• 'Livability'

We invite joint proposals for panels/roundtables as well as proposals for individual talks. Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words. Individual talks should be approximately 20 minutes in duration and panels/roundtables should not exceed 90 minutes. If you are participating in a roundtable, please be prepared to speak for no more than 10 minutes in order to facilitate discussion. We request that you include a biographical statement of no more than 50 words. We prefer that all participants in panels/roundtables have been confirmed when the proposal is submitted.

Our submissions deadline is October 15 2014. For the full text of our CFP, please visit our website.

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