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 ThomasThe 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.

Art Installation at Complexities Conference, February 28, 2013


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.