Go-Betweens: Crossing Borders

An Interdisciplinary Conference at The University of Texas at Austin

Fri, October 12, 2012 | Student Activity Center

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Go-Betweens: Crossing Borders
Go-Betweens: Crossing Borders

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A Welcome from the Program Director

As a field Comparative Literature might be wise to embrace a par- ticular preposition: between. While liminality and emergence have been associated with literary and cultural studies for some time now, to be in the space of the hyphen, in transit, between demarcated and convention- ally bounded territories is today an especially pressing daily actuality, ethical responsibility, and scholarly subject/object of inquiry. The pejo- rative hyphen, with its implication that each side is incomplete and that the total is not pure, invites redemption. This year’s conference will consider literal and figurative instantiations of such interstitial move- ments and hinges. Whether in the form of an actual journey undertaken and represented, or of an imagined voyage, those who “go between” interrogate the very concepts of here/there, self/other, real/imaginary, original/translation, familiar/ unfamiliar. There is danger in all jour- neys, as well as potential. The space of this conference is, in this sense, uncanny. Freud’s “Heim” insists upon the betweenness of homeliness, upon what is “unheimlich” or unhomely, within the homely. Similarly, our work as participants creates a network of crossing paths that make unexpectedly connected textual and cultural places feel like home and defamiliarize the quotidian. From comfortable seats in this Texan uni- versity, we invite you like Baudelaire’s Parisian interlocutor to “Songe à la douceur/D’aller là-bas,” to think about how sweet it is travel from your arm chair to a faraway place, anticipating that the destination will (in some way) be strangely familiar: “Au pays qui te ressemble.”

Dr. Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza
Director, Program in Comparative Literature
University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, English Department

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 12th

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Opens [SAC 2.410]

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Session 1 Panels A1, B1

1:45 pm – 3:25 pm Session 2 Panels A2, B2

3.40 pm – 5.20 pm Session 3 Panels A3, B3

5:30 pm – Plenary Address: Dr. Jahan Ramazani

Introduced by Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

Legislative Room, SAC 2.302

Reception following the address


Saturday, October 13th

8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast, Student Activity Center, Room 1.106

8:30 am – 10:10 am Session 4 Panels A4, B4

10:25 am– 12:05 pm Session 5 Panels A5, B5

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm Session 6 Panels A6, B6

2:15 pm – 3:55 pm Session 7 Panels A7, B7

4.15 pm “Between Scholarship and Pedagogy: Comparative Literature at Work” 

Sponsored by: Program in Comparative Literature; held in tandem with the Ninth Annual Graduate Comparative Literature Conference

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