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“World, War, Literature”: Workshop at Tampere University, 30 November 2022

Jernej Habjan, former member of the ICLA theory committee, will present his latest work on world-literary theory at the workshop “World, War, Literature“, convened by Natalya Bekhta (current committee member). The workshop will in particular discuss the place of contemporary literary cultures of Central and Eastern Europe in current theoretical debates. It will take place on 30 November at Tampere University (Finland). Online participation is possible.

Caracciolo (co-ed. w. Karlsson Marcussen & Rodriguez): Narrating Nonhuman Spaces

Marco Caracciolo, member of the ICLA theory committee, is co-editor, with Marlene Karlsson Marcussen and David Rodriguez, of Narrating Nonhuman Spaces: Form, Story, and Experience beyond Anthropocentrism. Published by Routledge, this edited volume builds on the assumption that our understanding of the nonhuman world is bound up with the experience of space: thinking about and with nonhuman spaces destabilizes human-scale assumptions. Bringing together new formalism, ecocriticism, and narrative theory, contributors demonstrate that literature can transgress the long-established boundary of the human frame.

Ronen & Cohen (ed.): After Life

Ruth Ronen, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has co-edited, with Rona Cohen, a special issue of Angelaki titled After Life: Recent Philosophy and Death. Organized into five thematic sections, “Death as a Limit to Philosophical Knowledge,” “Challenges to Death: Undying,” “Challenges to the Life/Death Division,” “Heidegger: With and Beyond,” and “The Socio-Political Discourse of Death,” the issue features articles by Étienne Balibar, Joseph Cohen & Raphael Zagury-Orly, Hagi Kenaan & Yaron Senderowicz, Yuval Kremnitzer, Marie-Eve Morin, Jean-Luc Nancy, Galili Shahar, Daniela Vallega-Neu, Hent de Vries, Alenka Zupančič, as well as the editors.

Habjan (ed.): Writing the Himalaya in Polish and Slovenian

Jernej Habjan, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has edited Writing the Himalaya in Polish and Slovenian, a special issue of Slavica TerGestina. The volume features ten articles on mountaineering literature, a genre that is as popular as it is under-researched. Examining writings by Polish and Slovenian pioneers of post-war Himalayan climbing, contributors approach mountaineering as the sport that takes more lives than any the other sport, while also giving us more autobiographies than any other sport—autobiographies that in turn give us new mountaineers.

Lachmann: Rhetorik und Wissenspoetik

Renate Lachmann, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has authored Rhetorik und Wissenspoetik: Studien zu Texten von Athanasius Kircher bis Miljenko Jergović (Rhetoric and Knowledge Poetics: From Athanasius Kircher to Miljenko Jergović). Published by transcript, the book looks at those concepts of literary theory that have only shaped once they crossed the various borders between the East and the West. These include neo-rhetorical concepts such as estrangement and intertextuality as well as notions of classical rhetoric (memoria, evidentia, etc.).

Tbilisi 2022: Final Program

“Theorizing Marginality”

Panel of the AILC–ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory at the AILC–ICLA International Congress “Re-Imagining Literatures of the World: Global and Local, Mainstreams and Margins” (Tbilisi, 24–29 July 2022)

Wednesday, July 27
15:00–16:30 (Georgia Standard Time), Session 1
Theoretical and Philosophical Aspects

Chair: Robert Young
Divya Dwivedi: Marginalysis
Karin Kukkonen: Thinking Outside the Box: Theorizing Marginality through Creativity
Ivana Perica: The “Imperative to Right” and the Right to Marginality

17:00–18:30, Session 2
Theoretical and Philosophical Aspects (continued)
Chair: Stefan Willer

Esra Almas: Minor not Marginal: Contemporary Jewish Memory Writing in Turkey
Rok Benčin: Fiction and the Conflict of Worlds
Robert J.C. Young: Blanked: Being at the Margin

Thursday, July 28
10:00–11:30 (Georgia Standard Time), Session 3
Minor Literatures

Chair: Divya Dwivedi
Alexandre Gefen: Biofiction: The Worldwide Rise of a Rogue Genre
Woosung Kang: The Idea of Minor Cinema in East Asia
Xiaofan Amy Li: Contemporary Poetry, the Marginal Elite in World Literature?

12:00–13:30, Session 4
Aesthetics, Language and Translation
Chair: Alexandre Gefen

Zaal Andronikashvili: The Language of World Literature: Nikolai Marr’s Utopian Linguistics
Mariam Popal: Listening – A Critical Reading vis-à-vis the O/other of the Self
Tiphaine Samoyault: Translation of Minor Languages: Notes and Glossaries

15:00–16:30, Session 5
Aesthetics, Language and Translation (continued)
Chair: Robert Young

Elisabeth Weber: Margins, Borders, Tendrils, Twines: Thinking with Plants as Cosmopolitics
Stefan Willer: Strange Cases

Followed by the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory Business Meeting for members of the Committee.

Zoom links:

Wednesday sessions:
Meeting ID: 938 7132 5110

Thursday sessions:
Meeting ID: 969 3016 5477

Tbilisi 2022: Draft Program

The draft program of the 2022 workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory is available at the “Workshops” page of the Committee website. Titled “Theorizing Marginality,” the workshop will be held from 27–28 July in hybrid format as part of the twenty-third triennial congress of the AILC/ICLA, which will take place from 24–29 July in Tbilisi.

Paris (@ Zoom) 2021 revisited in Paris

Theorizing Chance,” the 2021 workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory, is going to be revisited in the framework of the 2022 congress of ALEA, titled “Figures du hasard / Figures of Chance.” Chaired by Anne Duprat and Alexandre Gefen, the new installment of the workshop will take place on 9 June 2022 in Paris (54 bd Raspail, Salle B1-01). For the link to remote participation, please email Louise Dehondt at