Welcome to UW-Madison's Mellon Sawyer Seminar
“Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere”

Principal Investigators

Caroline Levine, Professor and Chair, Department of English
B. Venkat Mani, Professor, Department of German

Postdoctoral Fellow

J. Daniel Elam, Institute for Research in the Humanities

Project Assistant

Anna Muenchrath, PhD Student, Department of English

UW-Madison has received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar Grant for Comparative Cultural Studies for the project “Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere.” The seminar explores multiple meanings of world literature: as a philosophical ideal, as a mode of reading, a process of exchange, and a pedagogical strategy. The seminar seeks to emphasize the dual role of books and libraries—as material and intellectual artifacts—and their relationship with oral and performative traditions in the creation of a world literary readership. Starting Spring 2015, over a course of two years, the grant will fund a series of visitors, lectures and conversations on campus on the theme of "Bibliomigrancy": the physical and virtual migration of books and narratives across borders and languages.

This Seminar is the latest project of UW Madison's World Literature/s Research Workshop (2007-2014). The Workshop brings together faculty and graduate students from all language and literature departments at UW-Madison. Symposia and conferences organized by the Workshop have featured national and international scholars such as Sandra Bermann, Stanley Corngold, David Damrosch, Jérôme David, César Dominguez, Waïl S. Hassan, Eric Hayot, Djelal Kadir, David Kim, Aamir Mufti, Graziella Parati, Martin Puchner, and Rebecca Walkowitz.

All seminar sessions are free and open to faculty, staff, and students of UW-System, as well as members of the Madison community.


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