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A 4-day Vacation School, 15-18 September 2014

Sponsored by the Connecting Cultures GRP and the Institute of Advanced Study

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the concept of world literature, the disciplinary boundaries of literary studies, and the politics of pedagogy. This has been amplified by questions about the dominance of English as the language of globalisation; the demands of the digital age; and the fallout from the global financial crisis. Moving away from the conceptual model of ‘the West’ vs. ‘the Rest’, our vacation school draws on recent critical paradigms to account for the production, circulation, and reception of texts within an uneven world-literary system. It chimes with new comparative methodologies that attend to the systemic quality of global capitalism and its structured unevenness.

Drawing together leading critics, scholars, and students of world literature as well as editors, publishers and educationalists we will address three key practical concerns:
- How do we define world literature?
- How is ‘world literature’ to be researched and taught?
- What issues surround publishing research in world literature?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Maria Elisa Cevasco (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • Ericka Beckman (University of Illinois)
  • Joe Cleary (NUI Maynooth)
  • Neil Lazarus (University of Warwick)
  • Jason W. Moore (Binghamton University)
  • Gisèle Sapiro (CNSR, Paris)
  • Stephen Shapiro (University of Warwick)

The Vacation School will be organized around plenary addresses by the speakers above and a series of workshops, chaired by scholars working in the field of world literature and related disciplines. We invite applications from those wishing to attend the workshops from scholars and students at any stage of their career. In general, the workshops will begin with either a position paper by the chair or an introduction to pre-circulated readings, followed by an open discussion. This will be an opportunity for participants to explore key debates over world literature, its practice, and the challenges of teaching it. Workshop themes will include: "Peripheral Modernisms", "Close and Distant Reading", "World Literature and Translation", "World literature and World-Ecology", and "World Literature and Crisis".

The application form for the Vacation School can be accessed via the above link. The deadline for applications is Monday 30th June 2014. We will contact successful applicants after the deadline.

For more information please contact: Dr Chris Campbell, Dr Sorcha Gunne and Dr Michael Niblett at