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De/localizing literature

de/localizing literature stands for a critical approach that seeks to move beyond the territorial determination or beyond the binary opposition between the local and the universal as commonly posited by Cultural Studies. The operative term “delocalizing,” which is here understood as a methodological tool, aims at displacing interpretative conventions from its axes and thus providing a renewed outlook on literary and artistic objects that flourish outside the mainstream and that contribute to a critical reassessment of institutionalized spaces and identities. By putting in dialogue two artists and five literary scholars from different geographical and cultural backgrounds, delocalization reveals other ways of understanding the established order of space, time, genre, gender, and ethnicity in their manifold specificities, without taking for granted their relation to other aspects of the social and artistic life.

25.–26. Januar 2017, FU Berlin, JK33/121

Poster - Flyer

Contact: Caio Yurgel und Laura Gagliardi

January 24, 2017: Film Screening

16.15 Film exhibition I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You by Karim Aïnouz [BR 75 min, OV with English subtitles]


January 25, 2017: Workshop Day 1

14:15 Opening remarks, Caio Yurgel

14:30 Susanne Zepp (Freie Universität Berlin): Topological Transitions: Lorca in World Literature
          
15:15 Kathy Ann-Tan (Bard College Berlin / Universität Tübingen): Rupture/Rejection, Temporality and the Black Radical Tradition in Literature and Art

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Zairong Xiang (RTG — “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” / Universität Potsdam): “Lo primero para hacer la revolución es ir bien vestida” or What can drag teach us about literature?

17:15 Karim Aïnouz: I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You. The film and the book


January 26, 2017: Workshop Day 2

14:15 Opening remarks, Laura Gagliardi

14:30 Leonardo Tonus (Université Paris-Sorbonne): Spatialités du narrateur et le récit bref dans la littérature brésilienne contemporaine [with English translation]

15:15 Natasha Gordinsky (University of Haifa): Deferred Homecomings: Spatial Uncertainty in Judith Hermann's and Alex Epstein's Fiction

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Bernardo Carvalho: Lost with a map of labels