Minding Borders (OCCT's second annual conference)

United Kingdom
Event dates: 
10.09.2014 - 11.09.2014

OCCT's second annual conference takes place at St Anne's, 10-11 September 2014. *All welcome*

Minding Borders

Both comparative criticism and translation cross borders. Yet borders that have been crossed still exist. Even a border that has been dismantled is likely to reappear in a different place, or as a less obvious set of limiting practices: migrant texts and migrant ideas, like migrant people, may not achieve full citizenship in their new locations. But there is a creative aspect to borders too, as postcolonial theory in particular has emphasized.  Borders are contact zones (Pratt), generators of hybridity (Bhabha), spaces of exchange, cross-fertilization, and enrichment.

Rather than celebrating the crossing of borders, or dreaming of their abolition, our conference will trace their troubling and yet generative resilience. We will think comparatively across geography, politics, literary and cultural circulation, creativity, and the structuration of academic disciplines, hoping that the analysis of borders in one domain may illuminate their workings in another (and therefore reconfigure the borders between them). Whatever other form a border takes it is always also a border in the mind.

Keynotes: the geographer Davide Papotti (Parma), the philosopher Michael Wheeler (Stirling), the freelance writer and artist Caroline Bergvall (London & Geneva). and the writer and scholar of Mediterranean literature Adrian Grima (Malta).

To see the programme, please check here.

To register for the conference and to book accommodation, please click here.

Some bursaries are available for graduate students. To apply, please send a brief account of your interest in the conference to comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.


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