Friday, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 307, JW Marriott
Literary Studies and Area Studies in the Present
Program arranged by the forum CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century. Presiding: Olakunle George, Brown Univ.
Speakers: Nergis Ertürk, Penn State Univ., University Park; Aamir R. Mufti, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Vicente Rafael, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Shaden M. Tageldin, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia Univ.; Robert J. C. Young, New York Univ.
The recent turn to transnationalism and globalism in literary studies has reenergized familiar debates about social relevance. A renewed dialogue between literary comparativism and “area studies,” broadly construed, thus becomes necessary. How might literary studies and area studies complicate and enrich each other in the face of ongoing global challenges?