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Time: Mar 12th, 9:00 am End: Mar 15th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Slavic Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), German (FAS), French (FAS), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS)
25th Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

Survival: The 25th Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto
March 12th – March 15th 2015

Keynote Addresses:

  • Professor Christopher Fynsk (University of Aberdeen) -- 15 March at 3:30 pm in Chapel, Old Victoria College
  • Professor Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul University) -- 14 March at 3:30 pm in Chapel, Old Victoria College
  • Professor Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto) -- 13 March at 7:30 pm in Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College

Every catastrophe tests the limits of the human drive for self-preservation and exacts our prolonged negotiation with what has happened and what is to come. Estranged from traditional scaffoldings for her desires and values, the need for survival forces the individual to recognize the insufficiency of her inner resources if she is to live otherwise. Survival under the weight of loss – of faces and words, of relics and homes, of meanings and intimacies – survival in the wake of catastrophe carries the presentiment of a transfigured existence. This promise is a call that brings people together to rebuild the fragile yet necessary connections that constitute a world. We conceive of survival in diverse modes: the future of the work of art after canonicity; the ethics of testimony and witness; the precarity of the environment; the fatal effects of heteronormativity; the inheritance of cultural histories through interpretations, translations and archives; the experiences of globalization, displacement, and conflict.

Conference website: http://conference.complit.utoronto.ca/Survival

This event is sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please see the conference website or contact the Centre for Comparative Literature at (416) 813-4041.


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