Forskningsprogrammet World Literatures – Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics, finansierat av RJ och lett av Stefan Helgesson, har nu arbetat i snart tre terminer. 26-28 april genomfördes en tredagars workshop vid Lunds universitet. Tillsammans med intressanta gästföreläsare från USA – B. Venkat Mani, Efraín Kristal och Shu-mei Shih –diskuterade de mer än tjugo deltagarna, såväl litteraturvetare som antropologer, nya perspektiv på frågor som har med litterär översättning och cirkulation att göra.
På fredag den 5 maj finns möjlighet att här på Stockholms universitet lyssna till Shu-mei Shih, som var en av gästföreläsarna i Lund. Hon är professor vid UCLA, där hon är knuten till Department of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures och Asian American Studies. På fredag medverkar också ytterligare flera forskare, bland dem Stefan Helgesson, Louise Nilsson och Jobst Welge, den sistnämnde professor i litteraturvetenskap vid Institutionen för kultur och estetik.

Alla intresserade är varmt välkomna till workshopen Limits of Cosmopolitanism i Asienbiblioteket i Kräftriket!

Läs gärna mer om forskningsprogrammet World Literatures – Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics på denna externa länk: wordlit.se.

Om workshopen (på engelska)

Revived and much debated in the wake of accelerated globalisation in the 1990s, the cosmopolitan ethos stands at a crossroads today. The political resurgence of nationalism and isolationism in large parts of the world is evident, yet so is the force of myriad countermovements – both on an individual and collective level – that resist the closure of societies and identities. By focusing on literary manifestations and representations of envisioned or practical cosmopolitanism (both historically and in the present), this half-day workshop will explore the contradictory and contested dimensions of the cosmopolitan aspiration to belong to a community envisioned as ‘the world’. Cosmopolitanism is certainly necessary in an age of extreme social inequality and Anthropocene climate change – but is it viable? The assumption here is that literature, by dint of its public and transgressive nature, provides a unique and privileged point of entry to grapple with that question.

Programme

9.00–9.05 Welcome

9.05–10.05 Invited speakers
Andrea Riemenschnitter (Zürich/ FRIAS) World, Globe, or Planet? Eco-cosmopolitan Questions of Belonging
Shu-mei Shih (UCLA/HKU) A Critique of Postcolonial Theory and Its Non-cosmopolitan Orientation
Daniel Hartley (Leeds) ‘Dead Letters’: Impersonality and World Literature as Mourning in Ivan Vladislavić’s Double Negative

10.05–10.45 Panel discussion, guest speakers’ mutual response to their papers followed by an open discussion

10.45–11.00 Coffee

11.00–12.00 Short papers by participants
Eugenia Kelbert (Guest Researcher at SU) Eugene Jolas and the Making of Modernist Cosmopolitanism
Jobst Welge (SU) The Limits of Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Stefan Helgesson (SU) Léopold Senghor and the Embodiment of Cosmopolitanism
Louise Nilsson (SU) Writing oneself into World History. Crime Fiction, Neutrality and War Narratives

12.00–12.30 Discussion

13.00 Lunch at Kräftan