Event: Postgraduate Conference: 'Comparing Centres, Comparing Peripheries'
Date and Venue: 19-21 January 2012, SOAS and UCL, London, UK
Short Description: How do we, as young researchers in the humanities, identify what is central and peripheral to our topics, fields, academic circles? How does our work follow and challenge existing positionings?

The problematic of the centre and the periphery presents itself as crucial for comparative research in the humanities. For example, literary or cultural comparison and translation are employed and studied as means of understanding what is relatively peripheral or unknown in terms of what is more central or familiar. Work on national literatures reveals intricate dynamics between the central and the peripheral, as well as the past and the present. Postcolonial research examines constructions of centres and margins in colonial, postcolonial, or neo-colonial settings, while studies of ‘world literature’ attempt to map literary capitals and provinces.

The conference intends to bring together postgraduate researchers from all universities working in comparative literature, literary studies, postcolonial studies, translation studies, world literature, or other related fields. N.B.: students whose research has a non-literary focus while engaging with these themes are also welcome.

The conference is organized by the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and the SOAS Research Students Society. For a full CFP please see the BCLA website: http://www.bcla.org/gradrecep.htm

Please send a 250 word proposal for a 20 minute paper and a short bio to Dorota Goluch and Rashi Rohatgi at d.goluch.09@ucl.ac.uk and researchsoc@soas.ac.uk by 20 November 2011. The language of the event is English.

Theme(s): centres and peripheries of translation studies; translation as an exchange between centres and peripheries; translation and interdisciplinary research; academic centres and margins; translation in relation to comparative literature, world literature, postcolonial studies and other related fields
Contact Details: d.goluch.09@ucl.ac.uk
Invited Speakers: Prof. Susan Bassnett (Warwick)
Registration: The event is free. For the full CFP see: http://www.bcla.org/gradrecep.htm

Posted by: Dorota Goluch on Oct 11, 11 | 12:01 pm

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