To Students of World and Comparative Literature,
I am delighted to invite you to attend the conference on “World Literature in Between” to be held 18-20 December 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The conference promises to be a unique event and an inimitable opportunity for students of world and comparative literature to come into contact and learn from leading scholars in their field, as well as to do so in one of the world cities which both currently and historically lies at the very heart of the many debates and interactions which we refer to as “World Literature.” The conference is being organized jointly by the English and Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University and the city of Istanbul. Its program will consist entirely of plenary sessions presented by prominent scholars and theorists of World Literature, and its audience will be comprised mainly of graduate or advanced students from across Europe and America. Though these students will not be presenting papers, they will receive a certificate of credit in acknowledgment of their participation in this singular event.
Advanced and graduate students with an interest in world literature and theory are encouraged to apply to attend this conference. An application can be found on page 3 of this document. Please submit completed applications by email to email@example.com by November 10. Accepted students will receive an official letter of invitation as well as guidance in arranging transportation and accommodation in Istanbul.
The conference organizers, Efe Çakmak, David Damrosch, and I, very much hope that you will apply to take part in this event. In the meantime, please feel free to send any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org, and most of all, to peruse the exciting (and growing) program of presenters which can be found on page 2 of this document.
Department of English and Comparative Literatureworld.email@example.com
“World Literature In Between” Program
Istanbul, December 2008
(updated 6 Oct. 2008)
Opening: David Damrosch, Orhan Pamuk
Keynote: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
1st Panel: Productive peripheries
Chair: David Damrosch
Speakers: Pascale Casanova
Péter Dávidházi, "From Periphery to Prophecy: The Making of a National Poet in Hungary"
2nd Panel: Canon formation
Chair: E. Efe Çakmak
Speakers: Jale Parla, “A ‘chromatic’ view of the Turkish novelistic canon”
Martin Puchner, "The World of Literature"
3rd Panel: Nationalism and cosmopolitanism
Chair: Sureyyya Evren, "Burning Three Flags / Nationalism, Anarchism and Literature"
Speakers: Bruce Robbins
Murat Belge, “Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Turkish Literature”
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, “Transnational literatures as a challenge to literary history”
4th Panel: Literature after Orientalism
Chair: Hilmi Yavuz
Speakers: Aamir Mufti, “Orientalism and the Institution of World Literatures”
5th Panel: Comparative Literature in exile
Chair: Faruk Birtek
Speakers: David Damrosch
Emily Apter, "Comparative Literature in Real Time"
Djelal Kadir, "Comparative Literature as Exile"
Round Table and Discussion
Moderator: David Damrosch
Discussants: International Students of Comparative/World Literature
Application for Participation
“World Literature in Between” Conference, Istanbul, December 2008
Application due November 10, 2008 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In approximately 200-300 words, please describe your interest in World Literature and your reasons for wanting to attend this conference.