Canadian Comparative Literature Association

Association #38
Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA)
Conference dates: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CCLA #38 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.

Comparatists have championed diversity as a mark of research excellence for generations. However, this commitment has been under threat from a broad revaluation of knowledge across the university, and by the demand, often voiced by outside forces, to legitimize our existence. As such, diversity in academic research has been framed as both the enemy and the antidote, increasingly subject to contradictory impulses and vested interests.

Given these circumstances, collective assumptions regarding ""diversity"" as an end-in-itself should perhaps be at the forefront of our rethinking of what we do as scholars and researchers in the 21st century. Should diversity continue to serve as a foundation for our work in Comparative Literature, and if so, should we best position this foundation as a goal, expectation, platitude, or survival mechanism? Are there instances in the current conjuncture where diversity and uniformity co-exist? To what extent can diversity be refashioned as an important methodological insight, cornerstone of critical pedagogy, or model for engagement and participation in the wider world?


Comparative literature; Cultural studies; Languages; Media studies


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Updated: 2018-05-22
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 15, 2018
President's Reception: 
May 27, 2018
Program Chairs: 

Joshua Synenko, Trent University

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Chris Bundock, University of Regina