Lectures and Conferences

Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

"Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers"

Organized by the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

Lecture series showcasing current debates and innovative scholarship on Caribbean studies.  Some of the topics addressed by the guest lecturers are the black Caribbean, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature, culture and Caribbean thought, queer and gender studies.  These conferences are linked to a Comparative Literature undergraduate/graduate course (01:195:480:01 and 195:519:01) entitled “Coloniality of Diasporas in Caribbean Literature” that analyzes the links between colonialism and coerced or voluntary displacements in the French, Anglo and Hispanic Caribbean.


Monday, September 20
Sibylle Fischer (Spanish and Portuguese, New York University)
“The Subject of Rights”
Moderator: Camilla Stevens, Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers—New Brunswick
Respondent: Minkah Makalani, History, Rutgers—New Brunswick

Monday, October 18
Paget Henry (Sociology, Brown)
“Caliban in the work of Silvio Torres-Saillant"
Moderator: Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Sociology and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers—New Brunswick
Respondent: Laura Lomas, English, Rutgers—Newark

Monday, November 8
Roman de la Campa, (Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania)
“Caribbean Culture and the Uncertain American State”
Moderator: Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, American Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers—New Brunswick
Respondent: Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers—New Brunswick

Monday, December 6

Rosamond S. King, (English, Brooklyn College)
“The Cult of True Oomanhood: Caribbean Women Sex the Bildungsroman”
Moderator: Allan Punzalan Isaac, English and American Studies, Rutgers—New Brunswick
Respondent: Evie Shockley, English, Rutgers—New Brunswick

All lectures will take place at the Teleconference Room, Alexander Library, 4th Floor, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Lectures will be followed by a reception at Comparative Literature, 195 College Avenue (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Sponsored by:
The Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Program in Comparative Literature.

Urban (De)coloniality and Literature: March 03, 2016

Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature Biennial Graduate Student Conference

Professor of Comparative Literature & Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Stanford University

The biennial graduate student conference at the Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature seeks to relate the theoretical production of decolonial thought with other critical discourses in the global academy. The conference invites participants to think about (de)coloniality beyond the geographical limit of the Americas, the temporal constraint of modernity, and the monolingualism of hegemonic languages and dominant disciplinary frameworks. The conference aims to address the following questions, among others: What knowledges do Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Area Studies outside of Latin American and Caribbean Studies bring to Decolonial Studies? How does literature, especially fiction, and visual arts become a resource for decoloniality? How does (de)coloniality question the meaning and method of comparativity? In which ways does decolonial thought illuminate global configurations of urban life and culture?


Jeanne-Marie Jackson: November 24, 2015

Professor Jeanne-Marie Jackson (Johns Hopkins University)
Comparative Literature
Rutgers University
195 College Avenue
4:30 p.m.

Professor Jeanne-Marie Jackson (Johns Hopkins University), whose unusual comparative research stretches from Russia to Southern Africa. Jackson is the author of South African Literature’s Russian Soul: Narrative Forms of Global Isolation, which has just been published by Bloomsbury. Attached please find a copy of the first chapter of her book, which Jackson will discuss before sharing some of her exciting new work on the literatures of post-democracy.  The talk, cosponsored by the Center for African Studies, a simple buffet dinner will follow.

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Rei Terada: Historical Transition and Transition as Such

October 26, 2015

Rutgers Comp Lit Seminar Room
195 College Avenue
11:30am - 1:30pm

Acclaimed critic and theorist Rei Terada is the author of many important articles and books on literary history (especially Romanticism and its aftermath), philosophy, political theory, and psychoanalysis. Her works include Derek Walcott's Poetry: American Mimicry (Northeastern UP, 1992); Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the "Death of the Subject" (Harvard UP, 2001); Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno (Harvard UP, 2009); and a new book called Radical Anxiety. What follows is a precis of her Monday seminar:

Forensics, logistics, and cognitive mapping view spatiotemporal grasp as a prerequisite for historical understanding and political action. At the same time, critiques of racial modernity have pointed out, as Robert Meister has recently written, that "justice itself is an intertemporal problem (the supersession of one time by another)" which historical value and historical thinking often reinforce. Since time can only be grasped by movement in space, this situation implies that concepts of spatiotemporal movement are also involved in the problem of justice. Conceivably, historical transition already appears in transition as such--in perceptions of simple movement. Taking cinema as one of the main areas in which this question gets considered, this paper reads theories of the perception of movement in Kant, Bergson and in William Pope.L's film *Reenactment* (2012), and argues that elements of racial modernity do indeed structure perceptions of simple spatiotemporal coordination.

Please join us for what will be a memorable discussion of film, justice, historical change, and "racial modernity."

So. Asia & Theories of Avant-Garde: The Int'l. Scope of So. Asian Modernisms

Dr. Rita Banerjee
(September 24, 2015)

Alexander Library - Pane Room
169 College Avenue
Reception 4:30pm - Lecture 5:00pm

This presentation will highlight the role that translation and multilingualism played in opening up discussions and theories of modernism within the South Asian literary canons of Bengali, Hindi, and English in the early to mid-20th century. The lecture will explore the representations and international scope of literary modernisms in journals such as Kallol, Kavitā, and Krittibās in Bengali, the Nayī Kavitā journal and the Tār Saptak group in Hindi, and the Writers Workshop group in English. Theories of modernism as proposed by critics such as Dipti Tripathi and Acharya Nand Dulare Bajpai will be contrasted with manifestos of modernism, with Agyeya's defense of experimentalism (prayogvād), with theories of translation as proposed by Bhola Nath Tiwari, and with translations of foreign writers and aesthetic forms. In doing so, the presentation will note how the study of modernist practices, translation, and theory in Bengali, Hindi, and English provides insight into the pluralistic, multi-dimensional, and ever-evolving cultural sphere of modern South Asia beyond the suppositions of postcolonial binaries and monolingual paradigms.

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