GIAN Porgramme on Comparative Literature for the Twenty First Century

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December 6, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Literature, World History / Studies
Decolonization and globalization have made us conscious of the fact that not only is literature no longer national and  autonomous, but it never was. Indeed one can only understand any national literature by comparing it with others…or by  comparing it with a non‐national or a transnational literature. For these reasons the field of comparative literature is more  urgent than it ever was. 
If we understand the urgency of becoming genuinely comparatist, then we need to revisit what we mean by text, by genre, by  periodization, and by the very category of literature. Fundamental questions arise as soon as one starts to think genuinely  comparatively: Does every people everywhere have an epic? How does one understand the verbal culture of peoples without  writing? Does tragedy arise only under certain circumstances? Does the novel have a particular relation to capitalism or have  there always been long prose narratives? Does it make sense to compare feudalisms or medievalism across continents? How do  the processes of diffusion and adaptation work? Are we witnessing the death of literature, or must we change our definitions?  How have languages and literatures been codified, canonized, standardized and what are the political forces at work in shaping  our understanding of literature? Do aesthetic categories of art and its appreciation, including affect, apply across cultures? 
Course participants will learn these topics through lectures and tutorials. There is a definite scope to discuss, deliberate and  create an individual take on Comparative Literature for the Twenty‐First Century through this course.  
 1: The Grounds of Comparison  
 2: All the Difference in the World 
 3: What are we comparing?  
Dates: 6‐16 December, 2017. 
Venue: IIT Bhubaneswar  
Deadline for registration: 30 November 2017. 
 Limited number of seats are available for the workshop.
You should  Attend If… 
 you are a Faculty of English interested in training yourself in Comparative Literature.   you are a Teacher of Comparative Literature at any level. 
 you  are  a  student/researcher  from  the  discipline  of  English  interested  to  pursue  Comparative Literature now or later in your academic life.  
 you are a researcher from the disciplines of Humanities and/or social sciences interested  to gain in‐depth knowledge of the Comparatist approach and apply the same in your  research.  
 you are a student or faculty from an academic institution interested in literature in  general and Comparative Literature in particular.  
 you are a freelancing scholar/ industry employee with an active interest in Comparative  Literature.   you  are  personnel  from  research  organizations  and  publication‐related  industry  interested in Comparative Literature. 
Fees and Registration:
The participation fees for taking the course is as follows:  Participants from abroad : US $200  Industry/ Research Organizations: Rs. 6000/‐  Academic Institutions:  Teachers : All modules : INR 4000/‐  Students : All modules : INR 1500/‐    
The above fees include all instructional materials, computer use for tutorials and internet facility  at the host institute during the course. The participants will have to take care of their travel,  accommodation and food. However, accommodation can be arranged for a few participants on  first‐cum‐first‐serve basis strictly against payment. Limited number of travel grants (III AC train  fare) are available. For any queries regarding registration or other practical information, please  contact the course coordinator.Participants can register for the course on the link below:  
The Faculty:
Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar teaches African, Caribbean, and  South  Asian  literature.  He  has  published  a  book  on  Salman  Rushdie's Midnight's Children (McGill‐Queen's  2004)  and  another  on Images  of  Reading  and  Writing  in  African  and  Caribbean  literature(Cambridge 2011). His current research focuses on imagining  state formation in postcolonial literature from India, Africa, and the  Americas. This is a longstanding interest that has informed many publications, including an article on "Fictive States and the State of  Fiction  in  Africa"  in Comparative Literature  2000 and  "Oedipus, Ogbanje,  and  the  Sons  of  Independence"  in Research  in  African  Literatures (2007). He wrote the chapter on "Multiculturalism and  Globalization"  for The  Cambridge  History  of  Canadian  Literature (2009).  He  is  currently  the  director of the Centre  for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Punyashree Panda is working as Assistant Professor  of  English  in  the  School  of  Humanities,  Social  Sciences  and  Management at Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. She is  particularly  interested  in  Postcolonial  World  Literature,  Native  American and Native Canadian Fiction, Indian Writing in English, Cross  Cultural Communication, and English Language Teaching. Her book  length works include Contemporary Native Fiction of the U.S. and  Canada: A Postcolonial Study (Bäuu Press, 2011) and The Local and the Global in Postcolonial Literature (Authors Press, 2014). In 2014, she  won the Fellow‐in‐Residence award from WISC, USA, the only Indian to have won it till date. This is her second  GIAN Programme. 
Contact Info: 
Dr. Punyashree Panda
Assistant Professor of English
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management
IIT Bhubaneswar
Toshali Plaza, Satya Nagar