Lectures and Conferences

Program in Comparative Literature Conference

Cross-Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows

 Keynote speakers:  Rob Nixon, U of Wisconsin; Catriona Sandilands, York U; Timothy Morton, UC-Davis; Ursula Heise, Stanford U.
February 25, 2011 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open to the public.

Do current environmental crises, politics, and studies compel literary and cultural studies to revisit their usual perspectives on the study of nature? Ecocriticism names the emergence of interdisciplinary approaches to humans’ interactions with natural environments and non-human species in literature and other media. This conference will focus on leading research in ecocriticism addressing national, ethnic, class, gender, and disciplinary boundaries still permeating this field.

                How do we talk about the representation of human/non-human identities and relationships, in literature, film, and other media? Although the relationship of nature to society or the individual has been always present in literatures across the world, and criticism has always indeed focused on it, do we need now a critical vocabulary that engages with new developments in fields such as environmental history, environmental anthropology, political ecology, environmental philosophy, environmental psychology, cognitive sciences, neurobiology, evolutionary/adaptationist theories, etc.? Have past and current world literatures addressed environmental crises or conflicts, and even thought positions that can illuminate our debates on ecology, environmentalism and post-humanism? Can we re-think the relationship between “texts” and the social/natural networks in which they are inserted?

                Only since the early 1990s, mainstream literary and cultural studies have engaged with these questions. However, originally developed within the American and English academies, ecocriticism has been accused of exhibiting a pronounced tendency towards solipsism and at times, ethnocentrism, in its primary focus on English and American national literary traditions and ecologies.
The Conference “Cross-Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows” will reflect on the gains and shortcomings of the so-called “third wave ecocriticism,” or the current rise of approaches attempting to go over pervasive national, ethnic, class, gender, and disciplinary constraints. Four distinguished scholars who in recent times have opened or advanced new directions in these areas have agreed to join us for the conference and shared their research related to the rise of postcolonial ecocriticism, the impact of new varieties of ecofeminisms and popular environmentalisms; the contributions and challenges posed by another emergent field: critical animal studies; and the rethinking of environmental aesthetics and ecological thought in/for the Humanities.

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Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

"The Cul t of True Oomanhood: Caribbean Women Sex the Bildungsroman”
Rosamond S. King, (English, Brooklyn College)
Monday, December 6 at 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Alexander Library Teleconference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

This is the fourth and final lecture series showcasing current debates and innovative scholarship on Caribbean studies.

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Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Caribbean flyer "The body of the nation. Nationalism and sexuality in contemporary Cuba”
Abel Sierra-Madero, UNEAC, Cuba
Thursday, November 18
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Graduate Student Lounge (Behind Au Bon Pain) inside the Rutgers Student Center
126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Talk will be delivered in Spanish with English translation.
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Comparative Literature Film Night - 11/17 - Rue Cases Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley)

Comparative Literature Film Night
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8:00pm
Led By: Louis Segura

Film: Rue Cases Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley) [1983, d. Euzhan Palcy]
Synopsis: Jose is a bright young boy who lives among the poor black families of a sugar cane plantation community. His grandmother, believing her grandson is capable of great things, sacrifices to save him from the hard life of working the fields. Euzhan Palcy's award-winning film is an honest, deeply moving human drama of a young boy who fights against the odds for his future.

Join us for an Evening of Film, Popcorn, and Banter!
195 College Ave

The Comparative Literature Film Nights are every Wednesday, 8:00 pm at 195 College Avenue for the Fall 2010 Semester.
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Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Distinguished Lectures in Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

 "Caliban in the work of Silvio Torres-Saillant"
Paget Henry (Sociology, Brown)
Monday, October 18
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Alexander Library Teleconference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

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.
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