CfP: Frontier Orientalism in Central and East European Literatures. Special issue of World Literature Studies
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017
The purpose of this issue of WLS will be to explore the phenomenon of frontier orientalism in the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe. We welcome contributions from literary historians and theorists, as well as those in related disciplines. Other than its obvious differences from Said’s colonizing Orientalism, how does frontier orientalism contribute to the formulation of “imagined communities,” both national and transnational, in the region? Submissions may cover any time period and all “borderland zones” between Europe and the East (primarily between the Habsburg and Ottoman empires, but including other imperial frontiers, i.e. Russian/Caucasian, as well.) We prefer that authors include some consideration of the term “frontier orientalism” as it has been developed in the articles below, or elsewhere.
22-23 June 2017. Université de Haute-Alsace
International Conference “Comparer l’Europe”
This conference will bring together comparatists from the 28 member states of the EU. Hence, the conference promises to be very interesting indeed with regard to comparative history and practice in the smaller European states as well as on small European literatures in general.
6-9 July 2017. Universiteit Utrecht
International Seminar “Worlding Small/Minor Literatures” (ACLA)
The aim of this seminar is to challenge both the internal and external Eurocentrism proper of the concept of minor literature by placing it in a world context and, hence, comparatively explore and expose its limitations, but also assess its potential.