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(An) Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence

(An) Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence
93 Charles St. West
Time: Mar 8th, 9:00 am End: Mar 10th, 5:00 pm
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The 23rd Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

(An) Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence. The 23rd annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto

9 Mar 2012 - 00:00 / 11 Mar 2012 - 00:00
Centre for Comparative 
Literature, University of Toronto

Keynote Addresses by J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Anne-Lise François (University of California at Berkeley) 
and Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto).

The 23rd annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto will be held from March 8-10, 2012, and will focus on the concept of “Absence”: the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of that which is not present. Following from last year’s conference, “Iconoclasm,” we now consider not that which has been broken, but that which is simply—and yet profoundly—absent.

This year’s interdisciplinary and bilingual conference invites explorations of the representation and sensation of absence, be it the absence of things, of ideas, of text or of language, and the epistemological consequences of theorizing what is not, or no longer, there. Our interrogation of absence is a broad one, one that includes notions of loss, lack, and scarcity, but which also stands in contradistinction to them. Furthermore, we wish to investigate the function of absence as an aesthetic that stimulates sense and sentiment and also as an anaesthetic, which negates the former, which numbs and desensitizes.

This year’s first keynote lecture will be delivered on Thursday by Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto), who will present the 4th Annual Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory. Anne-Lise François (University of California, Berkeley) and J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine) will present two further lectures on Friday and Saturday afternoon respectively.

For more information and registration details, please visit the conference website:  http://conference.complit.utoronto.ca/Absence/

or contact the Centre for Comparative Literature at (416) 813-4041.

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