Sawyer Seminar Schedule

Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere

Location
The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1420

2015-16 Overview

Friday, January 30, 2015: World Literary Studies at UW-Madison: Past, Present, and Future
Friday, March 6, 2015: World Literature in/and the Spanish-speaking World
Friday, April 10, 2015: Reconsidering the Global Novel / Novelist
Friday, May 1, 2015:Re-worlding the Classics
Friday, October 2, 2015: Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time
Thursday, October 22, 2015: Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Friday, October 23, 2015: Baddawi at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Saturday, October 24, 2015: Books on the Move: #Bibliomigrancy at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Sunday, October 25, 2015: Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Friday, November 6, 2015: Readerly Properties: Anti-Colonial Letters, Bibliomigrancy, and Copyright
Friday, December 4, 2015: Digital Labs, Virtual Libraries: World Literature's "Transmedial" Visions
Friday, February 5, 2016: Cultural Plurality: Notes from the Translator
Friday, March 4, 2016: Beyond English, Born Translated: World Literature in the Age of Globalization
Friday, April 1, 2016: A Press of One's Own
Friday, May 6, 2016: What's in a Name?: Reading Global Shakespeares

 

2015 Schedule - Details

Friday, May 6, 2016 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00)

What's in a Name?: Reading Global Shakespeares

Speakers

  • Evan Mwangi (Associate Professor, Department of English, Northwestern University)
  • Firat Oruc (Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar)
  • Tom Cheesman (Professor of German, Co-Director of the Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities, Swansea University)
  • Peter Donaldson (Ford International Professor of Humanities and Professor of Literature, MIT)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Evan Mwangi: "Domesticating the Queer in Shakespeare: African Contexts"

Firat Oruc: "Shakespeare and Turkish Humanism"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Tom Cheesman: "Translingual Shakespeare Text Data Visualisation"

Peter Donaldson: "Global Shakespeare, Linking Archive and the 'Living Variorum'"

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Past Events - 2015

Friday, April 1, 2016 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00)

A Press of One's Own

Speakers

  • Urvashi Butalia (Writer, Feminist Activist, Founder of Kali for Women and Zubaan Books)
  • Kabe Wilson (Multimedia Artist, Creator of Of One Woman or So)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Urvashi Butalia: "Do Women Write? Can Their Books Travel?: A Feminist Publisher's Experiences from India"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Kabe Wilson: ""'The loneliness of the room is dreadful': Spreading A Room of One's Own across the Black Atlantic"

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Friday, March 4, 2016 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00)

Beyond English, Born Translated: World Literature in the Age of Globalization

Speakers

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Aamir Mufti: "Forget English: Orientalisms and World Literature"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Rebecca Walkowitz: "Post-Anglophone"

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Friday, December 4, 2015 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM)

Digital Labs, Virtual Libraries: World Literature's "Transmedial" Visions

Speakers

  • Jon McKenzie (Professor of English; Director of the Design Lab, UW-Madison)
  • Aubéry Escande (Projects and Communications Advisor, Europeana)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Jon McKenzie: "Transmedia Storytelling and Machinic Performativity"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Aubéry Escande: "Europeana — From a Political Initiative to a Shared Vision"

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Friday, November 6, 2015 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM)

Readerly Properties: Anti-Colonial Letters, Bibliomigrancy, and Copyright

Speakers

  • J. Daniel Elam (Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison)
  • Isabel Hofmeyr (Professor, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
J. Daniel Elam: "Commonplace Anticolonialism: Bhagat Singh's Jail Notebook and the Politics of Reading"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Isabel Hofmeyr: "Indigenous Textualities and Imperial Copyright: Literary Authority and the Textual Commons"

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 (12:30pm)
Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina 1850-1960 by Mai Na M. Lee in Central Library, Community Room 302

Countering notions that Hmong history begins and ends with the "Secret War" in Laos of the 1960s and 1970s, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom reveals how the Hmong experience of modernity is grounded in their sense of their own ancient past, when this now-stateless people had their own king and kingdom, and illuminates their political choices over the course of a century in a highly contested region of Asia.

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison's Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere

 

Friday, October 23, 2015 (7:30pm)
Baddawi by Leila Abdelraza in Central Library, Community Room 302

Baddawi is the story of a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the many thousands of refugee children born to Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.

In this visually arresting graphic novel, from Just World Books, Leila Abdelrazaq explores her father's childhood in the 1960s and '70s from a boy's eye view as he witnesses the world crumbling around him and attempts to carry on, forging his own path in the midst of terrible uncertainty.

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison's Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere.

 

Friday, October 2, 2015 (3:00-5:00 PM)
A Discussion on Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time [Columbia University Press, 2015] by Susan Stanford Friedman

Drawing on a vast archive of world history, anthropology, geography, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, gender studies, literature, and art, Susan Stanford Friedman recasts modernity as a networked, circulating, and recurrent phenomenon producing multiple aesthetic innovations across millennia. Considering cosmopolitan as well as nomadic and oceanic worlds, she radically revises the scope of modernist critique and opens the practice to more integrated study.

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*All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for access to the readings.
For access to the readings, please send an e-mail to Anna at worldliterature@letsci.wisc.edu.

The Modernisms/Modernities Colloquium will be hosting a related event on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (4:00-6:00 PM): "Susan Friedman: Planetary Modernisms," in 7191 Helen C. White

In a talk supporting her new book Planetary Modernisms: Provocations of Modernsity, Susan Friedman will discuss the goals, aims, and controversies surrounding a planetary approach to the study of modernism.

What are the challenges and potentials of such an approach?

How might the concept of scale-both geographical and temporal-transform the study of modernism?

How might rethinking the geographical and temporal parameters of modernity assist in the development of a non-Eurocentric global modernist studies?

 

Friday, May 1, 2015 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM)

Re-worlding the Classics

Speakers

Respondent

  • Laura McClure (Professor of Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Alexander Beecroft: "Classics and Literary Ecology"

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Gregory Kornbluh: "The Entire Library in Your Coat Pocket: Renewing James Loeb's Vision for the Twenty-First Century"

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Friday, April 10, 2015 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM)

Reconsidering the Global Novel / Novelist

Speakers

  • Søren Frank (Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Culture - Comparative Literature, University of Southern Denmark; Member of the Jury that awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award 2014 to Sir Salman Rushdie)
  • Debjani Ganguly (Director, Humanities Research Centre; Associate Professor of Literature at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Søren Frank: “Moby-Dick and the Broad Present of Globality”
Debjani Ganguly: “The World Novel as a Global Form: A Contemporary Perspective”
Respondent: B. Venkat Mani (Associate Professor, Department of German)

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Debjani Ganguly: “The World Novel and the Conundrum of Global Islam: The Case of Rushdie”
Søren Frank: “Bibliomigrancy and The Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award”
Respondent: Caroline Levine (Professor and Chair, Department of English, UW-Madison)

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Friday, March 6, 2015 (Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM, Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM)*

World Literature in/and the Spanish-speaking World

Speakers:

  • Paloma Celis Carbajal (Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • César Domínguez (Associate Professor of/Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela; Jean Monnet Chair; Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History)
  • Marcelo Pellegrini (Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Madison; poet, editor, translator)
  • Mariano Siskind (John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Harvard University Center for the Environment)
  • Paulo Slachevsky (Director and co-founder of the independent Chilean publishing house LOM Ediciones; photographer, editor, journalist)

You are invited to participate in two events with our speakers:

Session I: 9:30-11:30 AM
Presenters: César Domínguez and Mariano Siskind
Response: Marcello Pellegrini

Session II: 3:00-5:00 PM
Presenters: Paloma Celis Carbajal and Paulo Slachevsky*
(*in Spanish, translation by Edith Beltrán, PhD Candidate, UW-Madison)
Response: Marcello Pellegrini

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Friday, January 30, 2015, 3:00-5:00 PM, Kick-Off Event

World Literary Studies at UW-Madison: Past, Present, and Future

Speakers:

  • Vice Provost Michael Bernard-Donals (Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Programs; Professor, Department of English and Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies)
  • Dean John Karl Scholz (Dean of the College of Letters & Science; Nellie June Gray Professor of Economic Policy)
  • Sara Guyer (Director of the Center for the Humanities; Professor, Department of English)
  • Adam L. Kern (Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Literature)
  • Caroline Levine (Professor and Chair, Department of English; Principal Investigator of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar “Bibliomigrancy”)
  • B. Venkat Mani (Associate Professor, Department of German; Principal Investigator of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar “Bibliomigrancy”)
  • Tejumola Olaniyan (Professor, Department of English and African Languages & Literature)
  • Ellen Sapega (Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Nirvana Tanoukhi (Assistant Professor, Department of English)

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