Saturday, 10:15–11:30 a.m., 204, JW Marriott
Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations
Program arranged by the MLA Executive Council. Presiding: Marianne Hirsch, Columbia Univ.; Susan Winnett, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Speakers: Simon E. Gikandi, Princeton Univ.; Dorota Golańska, Univ. of Lodz; Lutz Koepnick, Vanderbilt Univ.; Sonali Thakkar, Univ. of Chicago
Europe remains central to the global public imagination and a haunting presence in literary and cultural studies across the globe, even as claims for this centrality continue to be challenged from a variety of political and theoretical perspectives. Panelists explore the new ways of thinking and writing that are emerging in response to Europe’s evolving political, economic, historical, and philosophical role in a world of ever-shifting migrations, translations, and transformations. In what ways do they challenge us to reenvision the shapes of literary and cultural studies and of the MLA? This roundtable introduces the themes of the conference Other Europes, cosponsored by the MLA and the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, to be held 23–25 June 2016 in Düsseldorf.