Lectures and Conferences

Literature and Environment

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Anti-Colonialism and Its Trajectories

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Hélène Mouchard-Zay on Vichy Legacies

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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?