Institutions of World Literature

Institutions of World Literature

Workshop: Institutions of World Literature

This workshop investigates the twin processes of institutionalisation and internationalisation of literary studies. What was the relationship between them in different nations and at different times? What is the influence of migration and international collaboration in the institutionalisation of letters in a national context? How are theories of world literature shaped by institutional histories (e.g. of universities, academies, learned societies, etc.)? And how can sociological approaches, in particular Bourdieu’s field theory, help us navigate these questions? We aim to discuss these issues in a comparative and global context. This event is part of the TORCH Global South Fellowship scheme, and will include a presentation by Global South fellow Analía Gerbaudo on the institutionalisation of literary studies in Argentina. 




13:00      Lunch


14:00      Panel One


Analía Gerbaudo (UNL/CONICET, Argentina), ‘Literary Studies in Argentina: Institutionalisation and Internationalisation (1958-2015): Cycles, Circuits and Tendencies’


Response 1: Gisèle Sapiro, (CBRS/EHESS, Paris)

Response 2: Patricia Norvillo-Corvalán (Kent)



15:30    Tea and coffee



16:00    Panel Two


Jospehine McDonagh (Chicago), ‘Education and Literature in the Contexts of early nineteenth-century South American colonial Migration’

Elleke Boehmer (Oxford), ‘Antagonistic Partners: World Literature and Postcolonial Literary Studies’

Peter McDonald (Oxford), ‘Shaping Worlds: Organisational Activism and Creative Practice’


18:00    End


Attendance is free and open to all; registration is not required but is appreciated for catering purposes:


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