Conferences and symposia organized or supported by the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies for 2018-2019 include the Stasis Symposium (12 October 2018), The Body of Frankenstein: A One-Day Anatomy (9 November 2018), Symposium: Humanities beyond the Academy (28 February 2019), GEO Conference: Witness (9 March 2019), Genealogies & Futures of Black Aesthetics (25-26 April 2019), and the Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute (3-8 June 2019).

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.

A number of other events and symposia will occur throughout the year, including many that are related to this year’s Center theme, “Resistance.”  For a complete list of events please consult our calendar.

Art Installation at Complexities Conference, February 28, 2013


Many of these conferences were designed to support the Center's themes: "Migrations" (2016-2017);  "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 the David C. Driskell Center; 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.