25th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
February 23-25, 2023
University of South Carolina (Columbia)
(Pennsylvania State University)
(University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
This conference takes an inclusive approach to literatures and other disciplines from any linguistic or national tradition in order to generate broad discussions about theories, histories, and futures of print. Digitization continues to increase access to historical materials and to inform our teaching and research of literary texts. Along the way, digital methods and interfaces call new attention to features of printed works that can either be lost in the process or invite reflection on long histories of media revolutions. Work that considers the nature of the printed text from any critical approach are welcome.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following …
Intersections: book history & digital humanities, critical theory & book history, global book history & comparative literature
Word and Image: engraving, etching, and illustration
Written media: inscription, manuscript, type, code
Typography: typefaces, italics, non-Roman scripts
Paratexts: notes, epigraphs, marginalia, title pages
Hypertexts: printed and/or digital
Digital projects: the use, creation, or analysis of databases or archives
The Page: page layout, the printed or digital page as generators of meaning
Reading Scenes: literary depictions of books, printed material, or reading
The conference will be hybrid, with in-person sessions held in the Hollings Special Collections Library on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Virtual participants are welcome.
Please send a 250-word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 18. To propose a full panel of 3-4 speakers, please send a 250-word proposal for the panel and individual proposals for each paper.
COVID safety statement:
Given the ongoing limitations that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose for many, in-person aspects of this hybrid conference are being planned to maximize safety. All events will take place in one of the largest rooms on campus in the LEED-certified Hollings Library to allow for social distancing in a well-ventilated building. Covered outdoor space will be provided for communal (boxed) lunches—which will quite possibly be comfortable in February in South Carolina.