Global Literary Studies: Key Concepts

Global Literary Studies: Key Concepts

Global Literary Studies Research Lab and the European Research Council Starting Grant project Social Networks of the Past. Mapping Hispanic and Lusophone Literary Modernity, 1898-1959, Open University of Catalonia
From - Until
20.05.2021 - 21.05.2021
Connections Redaktion, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, Universität Leipzig

The symposium gathers international scholars with expertise in various areas of research (sociology of literature, novel studies, narratology, cultural transfer, translation studies, ecocriticism, digital humanities, global cinema, and gender studies) to reflect on the current and future paths of global literary studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Global Literary Studies: Key Concepts

While the very existence of Global Literary Studies as an institutionalized field is not yet evident, the growing interest to engage with questions that involve a global perspective of study in the various established disciplines in literary studies and the humanities is overwhelming. This impulse has led literary critics and cultural historians to find new concepts, new methodologies and to face serious challenges both concerning the conceptualization of their object of study as global and the adoption of a global critical approach. Within this framework, this international symposium responds to a double demand: on the one hand, it discusses these notions (global, globalization, world, cosmopolitan) within an historical perspective, providing a thorough intervention in the state of the art. On the other hand, it proposes different case studies that help develop further the global perspective in four key research avenues: global translation flows, the global novel, global literary environments, and global cinema.

Through the aforementioned lines, this conference aims at a better understanding of: 1) the development of new conceptions of space in global literary studies; 2) the novel ways to integrate unforeseen layers and scales that allow us to combine local, national, regional and continental features, and a global reach; 3) the new or unknown relations that emerge, as well as the role of connectivity and its unevenness; 4) the historicization and periodization of theories, approaches and methodologies in global literary studies; and 5) agents participating in the circulation of literary and cinematic products, as well as in cultural transformation processes, and global subjects that are being modelled in literature and film. In that respect, we also consider a gender perspective and different forms of cultural mediation.

The conference will structure diverse areas of research and concerns through the concepts of space, scale, connectivity, time, and agency. We understand that all these concepts have a twofold approach, poetic and sociological, that we assume as specific features of Global Literary Studies. At the same time, we also understand as specific of the field the purpose of finding new methodologies for global literary research that, in many cases, are both qualitative and quantitative.


Thursday, May 20

14:00 - 14:30 OPENING ADDRESS

Diana Roig-Sanz (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and ICREA) and Neus Rotger (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Global Literary Studies Through Concepts

14:30 - 16:00 WORKSHOP: SCALE

Debjani Ganguly (University of Virginia) The Scale of Realism in the Global Novel

Francesca Orsini (SOAS – University of London) Significant geographies - Location and Agency in World Literature

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break


Laura Fólica (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and MapModern ERC StG project) Cosmopolitanism Against the Grain: Literary Translation as a Disrupting Practice in Latin-American Periodicals (1907-1945)

Ondrej Vimr (Czech Academy of Sciences) Geographies and Networks: Spatial Aspects of Global Literary Circulation

17:45 - 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 – 19:30 WORKSHOP: SPACE

Philip Steinberg (Durham University) Deeper than Depth: Oceanic Spacing in Global Literary Studies

Marta Puxan-Oliva (Universitat de les Illes Balears) Global Literary Environments, or the Global Discourse of Space in Contemporary Narratives

Friday, May 21

14:00 - 15:30 WORKSHOP: TIME

Michel Espagne (École Normale Supérieure and Universität Leipzig) The Global Renaissance: Extended Palimpsests and Intercultural Transfers

Aurea Mota (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) Displacement in the Making of Modernity and Global Cultural Transformation

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 17:15 WORKSHOP: AGENCY

Pablo Suárez-Mansilla and Ventsislav Ikoff (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and MapModern ERC StG project) Re-reading Cinema. International Cultural Flows and the Restlessness of Time

Firat Oruc (Georgetown University, Qatar) Petromodernity and Film: A Transnational History of the Moving Image in the Arabian Peninsula

17:15 - 18:45 WORKSHOP: AGENCY

Malte Hagener (Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Ainamar Clariana Montagut (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and MapModern ERC StG project)
Transnational Networks of the Avant-garde in the Interwar Period
Reine Meylaerts (KU Leuven) and Elisabet Carbó (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and MapModern ERC StG project) Translation Policies in the Longue Durée: From the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation to UNESCO

18:45 - 19:15 CLOSING REMARKS

Neus Rotger (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Diana Roig-Sanz (IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and ICREA)

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Cristina Sánchez

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