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Call for Papers: UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference

CFPs: UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference
Mad Love
February 19-20, 2016

(Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film Persona)

The uneasy boundary between madness and love asserts itself throughout recorded history. The shifting relationship between these two phenomena exists across most (if not all) societies and epochs, particularly in literature and art. From lovesickness in the Middle Ages, to nymphomania and hysteria in the Enlightenment, to the stalker in modern-day horror films, the line between love and madness is continually conflated, contested, and blurred.

In keeping with recent critical attention to the history of the passions and the body, we are interested in the aesthetic representation – literary, visual, and oral – of love madness. How are these extreme states represented in literature and art? Where is the line drawn between passionate love and mad love? How has the representation of love and/or/as madness changed over time? What effect have these representations had on real-world treatment of the mentally ill? And how is space left for mad love as a positive force, if at all?

This year’s UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Conference will explore the many manifestations of mad love in literature and cultural history. We invite graduate students to present papers on related issues. Topics on the intersections between social conceptions and artistic depictions of love and madness might include, but are not restricted to:

● Love as a disease
● Love, madness, and psychoanalysis
● Bodies performing desire
● Love, madness, and identity
● Gendering desire and/or madness
● Love, madness, and violence
● Monstrous love
● Creative production/inspiration and love/madness
● The role of the sensory in love and madness
● Mental Health and Human Rights

We are open to papers in all disciplines and treating material from all time periods. In addition to conventional panel presentations, we will offer performances and film screenings; interactive workshops on topics such as the history of psychiatry and an introduction to translation; and discussion sections on pre-circulated materials (primary and/or secondary).

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit your 250-300 word proposal/abstract and a CV to ucla.complit.conf@gmail.com by Monday, September 21st. Kindly mention “Submission: CLGraduate Conference” in the subject of the e-mail. All submissions should include the title of the paper, the abstract, and the name, affiliation, and contact information of the author. Please specify whether you are interested in (a) presenting a paper or (b) presenting/performing a creative work. If you are proposing a creative work, please specify any A/V needs and the length of the presentation.

Further information is available on the conference website at uclacomplitconf.com. For any additional queries, please contact ucla.complit.conf[at]gmail.com.

Call for Papers: Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Italian Specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites to be held on November 13 and 14, 2014.

“Abiding cities” refers to the traces that remain not only physically but also in our imagination, especially when sites undergo transformation and disruption. Throughout history, geographic and metaphorical places have been a source of inspiration as well as lasting products of the artistic process. Real and imaginary settings, from New York and Rome to Helicon and the Land of Oz, have been built and recast by a variety of authors who have forged cities within our collective imaginary. Among them are writers and scientists, philosophers and cartographers, film directors and explorers: Plato, St. Augustine, Shakespeare, Marco Polo, Thomas More, Piranesi, Balzac, Borges, Woolf, Elsa Morante, Christa Wolf, Thomas Mann, Amitav Ghosh, Ben Okri, Vikram Chandra, Norman Bel Geddes, Federico Fellini, Woody Allen, Italo Calvino, and many others.

We invite papers from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore the idea of “abiding cities” in literature, philosophy, theory, visual arts, film, and social sciences.

For full details please visit the Conference Website.

Please email a 250 word abstract to Fall2014GCCuny@gmail.com by 20 September 2014, and include your Name, Affiliation, Paper Title and any technology requests.

FW: REMINDER: TONIGHT!!!! Comp Lit Majors’ Choice Lecture with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark

Dear Students and Faculty,

You are invited to the Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark!  This is part of the annual “Majors’ Choice” lecture series organized by Comp Lit undergrads.




Mediating the Nonhuman


Comp Lit Undergraduate Majors’ Choice Lecture

with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, 

and McKenzie Wark


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

6pm to 8pm

19 University Place, Great Room



The Comp Lit Undergraduate Majors’ Choice Lecture is an annual event open to the public organized by Comp Lit students–presenting topics in literature, critical theory, philosophy, and writing. Previous speakers include Judith Butler, Laurence Rickels, and Gayatri Spivak.


Alexander R. Galloway is associate professor of media studies at New York University and lives in New York, NY. He is the author of four books on digital media and critical theory, most recently, The Interface Effect. Eugene Thacker is associate professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of many books, including After Life, also published by the University of Chicago Press. McKenzie Wark is professor of liberal studies at The New School for Social Research and lives in Queens, NY. His books include A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory.


Always connect—that is the imperative of today’s media. But what about those moments when media cease to function properly, when messages go beyond the sender and receiver to become excluded from the world of communication itself—those messages that state: “There will be no more messages”? In this book, Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark turn our usual understanding of media and mediation on its head by arguing that these moments reveal the ways the impossibility of communication is integral to communication itself—instances they call excommunication. In three linked essays, Excommunication pursues this elusive topic by looking at mediation in the face of banishment, exclusion, and heresy, and by contemplating the possibilities of communication with the great beyond. (Quoted from the University of Chicago Press Website)


Best Regards, 
Tycho Horan, Willis Plummer, and Lindsay Zackeroff

Revolutionary Film Series – Starting April 18


Italian, French, Comparative Literature, Psychology, & International Relations Departments




The Revolutionary Film:

Between Politics and Aesthetics


This film series looks at the revolutionary film as a particular genre of cinema. There is a conspicuous lack of attention given to revolutionary films among film scholars and theorists, a lack which is all the more surprising when one considers that the revolutionary genre presents a number of general theoretical questions concerning narrative, history, the revolutionary event, and the political importance of aesthetic works. We hope to fill this absence by focusing on films presenting diverse revolutionary moments, in various geographical and historical settings. This spatial and temporal diversity will bring together a series of films that chose different ways to negotiate the inherent ambiguities of revolution as a historical phenomenon, as well as the formal difficulties of cinematically representing it.


Each film will be presented by an invited speaker.

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will take place at 19 University Place, room 102 at 5:00PM.

Organized by the Italian, French, Comparative Literature, Psychology, and International Relations Departments.


April 11:

The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo (1967)

Speaker: David Forgacs (Italian Department, NYU)


April 18:

Shorts on the Egyptian Revolution by The Mosireen Collective (2011)

Speaker: Alya El Hosseiny (MEIS Department, NYU)


Frontline: Syria Behind the Lines (2013)

Speaker: To be confirmed


April 25:

No by Pablo Larraín (2012)

Speaker: Ana Dopico (Comparative Literature & Spanish Departments, NYU)


May 2:

The Last Command by Josef von Sternberg (1928)

Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein (1925)

Speaker: To be confirmed


May 9:

The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer (2012)

Speaker: Joshua Oppenheimer (via Skype)

*Screening begins at 2:00PM

Impression & Object Conference – March 28 – Graduate Center, CUNY

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Join us on Friday, March 28 at the Graduate Center, CUNY for our third annual Critical Theory Conference, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature, with Keynote talk by Professor Joshua Landy of Stanford University. For complete conference program and more, visit us at http://impressionobjectconference.wordpress.com and at https://www.facebook.com/events/607345432680455 . 
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