Events organized under the auspices of the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies garner support from grants made available twice in the course of the year. For more information, see the call for projects available here.
Major events for 2016-2017 include the University-wide initiative Democracy Then and Now with lectures and events throughout the fall, especially ARHU guest Claudia Rankine and English department talks by Ralph Bauer, Shirley Logan, Amy Wan, and Rhondda Thomas; The Transatlantic Poetics Working Group (October 14-15, 2016); “Forming Black Britain: Aesthetics, Itineraries, Diaspora,” (March 9-10, 2017); "Women, Rhetoric, Writing (April 6-7, 2017); and the annual spring Graduate English Organization Conference.
A number of other events and symposia will occur throughout the year, including many that are related to this year’s Center theme, “Migrations.” For a complete list of events please consult our calendar.
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Many of these conferences were designed to support the Center's themes: "Play" (2015-2016); "Subjects & Objects" (2014-2015); "Sound, Sight, Text: Aural & Visual Cultures and the Practice of Literature" (2013-2014): "Circuits & Circulation" (2012-2013); and "Reading: Histories, Practices, Futures" (2009-2012). In other instances, the Center provided assistance or served as a co-host.
Events were coordinated in conjunction with a variety of partners. At the University of Maryland, these include the Miller Center for Historical Studies; the Arts & Humanities Center for Synergy; the Departments of Art History, Classics, and History; the Schools of Music, of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and of Dance, Theatre, and Performance Studies; the Dairy; the Pepsi Fund for Campus Enhancement; the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities; the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies; the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies; the College of Arts & Humanities; the Office of Diversity; the Office of Undergraduate Studies; The Graduate School; and the Division of Research. External partners include the George Washington School of Law; the Kislak Foundation; the Mexican Cultural Institute; the National Museum of the American Indian; the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture; the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity; the Society of Early Americanists; and the Buckner W. Clay Endowment at the University Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures.
- June 2-5, 2016: "Translation & Transmission in the Early Americas: The Fourth Early Americanist Summit"
- March 23, 2016: "Disease, Medicine, and New World Colonial Studies"
- March 4, 2016: "In Play: Games, Aesthetics, Performance"
- October 9-10, 2015: "(Re-)Building Networks" ;
- March 27-29, 2014: Sound+
- February 28-March 1, 2013: Representing Complexity
- March 29-30, 2012: Race, Law, and American Literary Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference
- March 9, 2012: Perspectives on Writing and Rhetoric: A Symposium Honoring Jeanne Fahnestock
- November 3-4, 2011: Rethinking World Literature/Other World Literatures helped participants redefine and rethink the ways they teach, research, discuss, and conceptualize categories surrounding "world literature."
- May 6-7, 2011: Bloodwork: The Politics of the Body considered how conceptions of blood permeate discourses of human difference from 1500-1900. "Bloodwork" began with the assumption that the concept of "race" is still under construction and that scholarly understanding of the term would profit through an engagement with its long, evolving history. Ralph Bauer, Kim Coles, Zita Nunes, and Carla Peterson served as the planning committee for this event.
- April 29, 2011: DC Queer Studies Symposium. Regina Kunzel, University of Minnesota, offered the keynote address. Visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies Program site to learn more.
- April 15-17, 2011: Victorian Systems and Archives convened the Northeast Victorian Studies Association for its annual meeting. How did Victorains organize information, knowledge, concepts, phenomena, and material? How did they classify, categorize, connect, synthesize, and unify? What sorts of technological, conceptual, and theoretical systems did they construct? How did they archive historical records and artifacts? Jason Rudy (firstname.lastname@example.org) was the local host.
- April 1, 2011: Racial Consciousness in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds supported the efforts of the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. It was one of the culminating events of the group's consideration of "A Semester on Race in the Medieval and Early Modern World," which also included a seminar series.
- March 11-12, 2011: Borderlines, an interdisciplinary symposium coordinated by the Graduate English Organization, convened graduate students to consider the impact of borders "among time-periods, disciplines, critical approaches, and methodologies.
- March 5, 2011: Modernism, Reading, and the Reader gathered the Washington Area Modernist Colloquium for a day of prepared lectures centered on the subject of interpretation in general and reading in particular. Brian Richardson organized this event.
- November 4-5, 2010: "Reading Comparatively: Theories, Practices, Communities" featured keynote addresses by Louis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University; Zita Nunes, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland; and Erik Zakim, Associate Professor of Hebrew at the University of Maryland. Faculty and graduate students presented research to explore the conference topic more fully.
- April 16-16, 2010: "Rereading Poets Reading"
brought together poets, critics, and readers of all levels to interrogate and celebrate reading in the twenty-first century through a variety of interactive seminars, critical presentations, creative writing workshops, and poetry readings. Poet Joe Donahue and Professor of English Marth Nell Smith organized the event, with participation from Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Alicia Ostriker, Lara Vetter, Janlori Goldman, and more.
- October 29-30, 2009: "Stanley Plumley and Poetry" honored one of the foremost poets in the United States. Plumly, Distinguished University Professor of English, is the author of ten books, most recently Posthumous Keats (Norton, 2008) and Old Heart (Norton, 2007), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry and the Paterson Poetry Award for Best Book of 2007. David Baker, Poetry Editor of the Kenyon Review, and David Wyatt, University of Maryland, offered the keynote addresses for this event.