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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


12th Annual Comparative Literature Conference

25 - 27 February, 2010

Directed by Jeanne Garane, Jie Guo, Yvonne Ivory and Ed Madden

download the program [pdf]

Conference Location and Important Telephone Numbers

Please refer to this map to get from the Conference Hotel (the Clarion at 1615 Gervais St.) to the Conference Location (Daniel Management Center on the 8th floor of the Close/Hipp Building aka the Business School or the BA Building).

Telephone Numbers that you might find useful

Conference Location Daniel Management Center (803) 777-2146
Hotel Clarion Hotel (incl. hotel shuttle service)
If you arrive by flight, a hotel courtesy phone is located in the terminal - lower level Baggage Claim area of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). The taxi/shuttle pick-up area is located just outside Baggage Claim.
(803) 771-8711
Local Taxi Services Blue Ribbon Taxi Service
Capitol City Cab
Checker Yellow Cab
(803) 754-8163
(803) 794-2225
(803) 799-3311

Registration for the conference is now open. Please follow these directions from the Clarion Hotel to get to the Conference location (8th floor or the Close/Hipp Building aka the Business School or "BA Building"). You will receive a conference folder with more information there.

Click here for the Registration Form (doc)

The registration fee is $100 for non-student participants and $45 for students. This fee includes a banquet, opening and closing receptions, coffee breaks, and a one-year subscription to the journal Intertexts.

Please follow the instructions in the registration form, and mail the check (payable to “CPLT Conference 2010) and the completed registration form to Dr. Jeanne Garane by February 10, 2010. After February 10, the registration rates will be $110 for non-student participants and $55 for students.

Dr. Jeanne Garane 
804 Welsh Humanities Office Bldg. 
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 
1620 College St. 
University of South Carolina 
Columbia, SC 29208

Questions about registration should be sent to Dr. Jeanne Garane (

Hotel Information 
Clarion Hotel 
1615 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29210 
Phone: (803) 771-8711

Directions to the hotel

We have got a special group rate from the Clarion Hotel ( The room rate is $ 92 per night, which includes breakfast. With taxes, the total will be approximately $104 per night. In order to have the special rate, please call the hotel by February 9, 2010 at 1-800-277-8711 or (803) 771-8711 to make a reservation. You need to tell them that you are a participant of the conference. For those who are traveling from outside the US, in order to get the group rate, please email Ms. Stephanie Duffee ( to make a reservation by February 9. You need to provide her such information as check-in and checkout dates.

Columbia Airport

You may also check the website of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for information on ground transportation:

USC Campus 
To find buildings on campus, you can go to the USC Map Server.
Go here for more information about USC and its history 
More general information about Columbia, SC can be found here.

Plenary Speakers

  • Dorothy Ko, Barnard College, History
     “Footbinding in Women’s Eyes”
  • Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
     “New Media and the History of the Body: Using the Language of the Future Present to Reconceive the Distant Past”
  • Peter McIsaac, York University, German Studies
     “Past Anatomy: Figures of Salvage and Transformation in the Body Worlds Exhibitions”

Call for Papers

A lot has been said about bodies, yet the body still remains one of the most contested concepts in a wide range of fields, such as art, anthropology, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, religion, as well as the study of gender and sexuality.  Thinking about bodies has occasioned ongoing encounters, clashes, and border-crossings between these disciplines.

The Program in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina invites submissions to an interdisciplinary conference entitled “Bodies,” to be held in Columbia, SC, February 25-27, 2010. We welcome papers and panels that examine bodies from any angle, and we especially encourage cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the ghostly body
  • the anorexic body
  • the medical body
  • bodies and biotechnology
  • the self-destructive body
  • the religious body
  • the Oriental body
  • racialized bodies
  • emotional bodies
  • animal bodies
  • cross-dressed bodies
  • transgendered bodies
  • invisible bodies
  • viewed bodies
  • philosophies of corporeality
  • speaking bodies
  • corpses
  • the “undead” body
  • robots & cyborgs
  • the disabled body
  • the thinking body
  • the body in the arts
  • the body as metaphor
  • bodies of knowledge
  • loving bodies
  • corporeality and writing
  • body modification
  • border-crossing bodies
  • bodies and the grotesque
  • bodies “East” and “West”

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.