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Comparative Literature and the Future of the Humanities

60th Anniversary Conference
of the
Department of
Comparative Literature
Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

26-27 February 2010

The Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University invites you to join us for the celebration of our sixtieth anniversary and for a dialogue about the future of our discipline.

On Friday and Saturday, 26-27 February 2010, we will host a series of lectures and discussions on the theme “Comparative Literature and the Future of the Humanities.”  Events will include guest and alumni speakers, a graduate student colloquium, an exhibit at the Lilly Library of work by Comparative Literature faculty past and present, and a tribute to the lives and work of two of our emeriti faculty, Professor Henry Remak and Professor Matei Calinescu, each of whom passed away in 2009.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.  The closing lecture will be given by alumnus Manthia Diawara, Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at New York University.  Other alumni participants will include Eugene Eoyang, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at IU and Professor of Humanities at Lingnan University; Xiaomei Chen, Professor of Chinese and Chair of East Asian Literatures and Cultures at the University of California-Davis; Christian Moraru, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Karen Winstead, Professor of English at Ohio State University; Jeffrey Bardzell, Assistant Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University; Stephanie Moore Glaser, Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen; and Robert Bayliss, Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas.

A special luncheon for conference participants will take place on Saturday, 27 February, at 12:30 pm.  Please contact the department promptly to make a reservation, since seating is limited. Reservations will close on 14 February.

Special thanks to the Institute for Advanced Study, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Lilly Library, the Medieval Studies Institute, the Office of the Provost, the Department of French and Italian, Religious Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of English, the Department of Germanic Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences for their generous support.

Schedule of Events

26 February

Time                Event              
1:00pm            C. Clifford Flanigan Graduate Colloquium (Lilly Library)                    

3:00pm            Opening of Lilly Exhibit

4:00pm            Branigin Lecture by Jonathan Culler (Woodburn 100)

Comparative Literature and the Future of Theory

5:30pm            Reception and Welcome (Lilly Library)

27 February

Time                Event
9:00am            Tribute to Matei Calinescu and Henry H Remak (Lilly Library)                      

10:30am          Alumni Panel (Fine Arts 015)

Drama of a Nation in Crisis: Aesthetics, Desire, and the Effeminized Early Modern Spanish State
Robert Bayliss
Comparative Literature and Globalization
Xiaomei Chen
The Odd Couple: The Gothic Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower in the Arts
Stephanie Moore Glaser

12:30pm          Luncheon - RSVP required (IMU Coronation Room)                       

2:00pm            Alumni Panel (Fine Arts 015)                       

A Comparative Approach to Medieval Saints’ Legends
Karen Winstead
New Wine (American) in Old (Chinese) Bottles: A Purdue Poet Writing in Classical Tang and Song Forms
Eugene Eoyang
The Philosophy of Science… And Science Fiction: The Problem of Ubiquitous Computing
Jeff Bardzell
The Worlding of Disciplines
Christian Moraru

4:15pm            Lecture by Manthia Diawara (Fine Arts 015)

Jean Prouve's Maison Tropicale: Architecture as Discourse on Colonialism

5:30pm            Closing Reception (IMU Georgian Room)                      

A printable flyer is available here.