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Comparative Literature and Languages



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Graduate Recruitment Day

Friday, March 10, 2017, All Day

The Department of Comparative Literature hosted three incoming graduate students, as well as held a Skype conversation with three more potential graduate students speaking to us from India and China! We are very proud to welcome such an international group of students to our university.

Recruitment Lunch at The Barn

A Skype conversation

Graduate Recruitment hosted by Dr. Jeff Sacks and Dr. John Kim

 

Winter Colloquium Guest Speaker: Prof. Aamir Mufti

"Strangers in Europe: Migrants and the Crisis of Unification"
Thursday February 2, 3:10-5:00 
HMNSS 2212

Aamir R. Mufti is Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. He is the author of Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures (Harvard UP, 2016) and Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton UP, 2007), and has edited "Why I am Not a Postsecularist (boundary 2, 2013) and "Critical Secularism" (boundary 2, 2004), and co-edited Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives (University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

 

Winter Colloquim Guest Speaker: Prof. Erica Weitzman

"The Phenomenology of Obscenity"
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 11:00-12:30pm
HMNSS 2212

This paper traces the glancing but decisive use of the words “obscene” or “obscenity” in the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Emmanuel Levinas. Even though in many ways intellectual enemies, both Sartre and Levinas discuss “the obscene” at crucial points in their works in similar terms as a kind of borderline state or no-go zone, thus not only revealing some of the underlying premises of their respective philosophies, but also offering insight into the concept of the obscene itself as a question of perception, representation, and affect.

 

Winter Colloquium Guest Speaker: Prof. Andreja Novakovic

“Hegel on Culture as Bildung”
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Venue:HMNSS 2412, Comparative Literature Conference Room

In this paper Prof. Novakovic reconstructs Hegel's conception of cultural participation by looking at his account of "Bildung,” a notoriously untranslatable term, in the Phenomenology of Spirit. "Bildung" for Hegel is a two-fold process: it shapes a shared culture and cultivates the individual at one and the same time. His account of "Bildung," moreover, shows the ways in which reflection is an integral part of this process, suggesting that cultural participation is never merely a habitual, but always also a reflective activity. [flyer PDF]

 

Screening & Panel: Edward Scissorhands

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St, Riverside, CA

A presentation by UCR ARTSblock & UCR Department of Comparative Literature / German program

This screening of Tim Burton’s 1990 horror classic will be accompanied by a panel discussion on German Expressionist film and its influence on modern horror films. Admission is free, but seating is limited! For reservations, click here. [flyer PDF]

 

Screening & Panel: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St, Riverside, CA

This screening of Robert Wiene’s 1920 horror classic will be accompanied by a panel discussion on German Expressionist film and its influence on modern horror films. Admission is free, but seating is limited! To reserve, click here. [flyer PDF]

 

Job Market Workshop

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28
Time: 11:30 - 1:00pm 
Venue: Comparative Literature Conference Room, HMNSS 2412 
Convener: Prof. John N. Kim, Graduate Advisor
Commentators: Prof. Kate Page-Lippsmeyer and Prof. Yurika Tamura

 

Dr. Kalu Develops Online Courses on African Literature

From UCR Today, June 28, 2016: "UC Riverside Professor Anthonia Kalu has received two awards from the UC Office of the President to develop, design and teach two online courses,  called “Introduction to African Literature” and “Women in African Literature.”

The Innovative Learning Technology Initiative is a UC system-wide initiative that offers high quality online courses that satisfy degree requirements and help UC students graduate on time. Kalu, who joined the faculty in July, 2015, has a strong record of program and curriculum building and has taught online classes before."

 

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