(Re)Reading: Navigating space|time|frontiers the Ninth Graduate Conference in Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics

Still accepting applications through Feb. 20!
Conference to be held March 31-April 1 at the UDC
Abstracts accepted for conference presentation will also be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of an academic journal established by comparative literature graduate students and faculty at Binghamton University.

Keynote Speaker: Cecilia Konchar Farr, Chair of English, Carondelet Scholar, and professor of English and Women’s Studies at St. Catherine University. She is the author of Reading Oprah (SUNY Press, 2005) & The Ulysses Delusion: Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

The question and experience of reading becomes more and more urgent as we rethink modes and practices of reading.  How do our current practices dissolve, shift, or reinforce master narratives of disciplinary reading? How does the text resist imposition of borders, methods, and normalization?

The ninth Graduate Conference in Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics at Binghamton University invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables regarding reading practices and the fixing of texts into categories.  This conference seeks to interrogate different notions, methods, theories, and practices of reading.  How does the text prompt us to revise our methods?  How do authors and texts resist simple or neat classification, and what, if anything, do we do about it?  Methods such as close reading [New Criticism], detached reading [David Damrosch], and distant reading [Franco Moretti] propose ways of approaching texts — yet what do these look like in practice?  What is the state of reading (in) academic disciplines [Gayatri Spivak]?  Possible proposals are welcome from all disciplines that rely and reflect on reading as a critical exercise; proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Practices and modes of reading [detached, distant reading; explication de texte]
  • Discipline-specific reading/reading the discipline
  • Questioning world literature
  • Reading (through/in) translation; translation as a product of reading
  • Pre-, post-, neo-, colonial reading
  • Recovering and rereading lost stories/storytelling [e.g., Walter Benjamin]
  • Reading the oral/aural text
  • Political construction of bodies and narratives [collective or communal]
  • Reading the visual [including maps, emoji, memes/gifs]

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