International Conference – Locations and Dislocations of Theory

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March 9, 2020 to March 10, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Literature


Our conference, an event of the Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory ( and Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, invites different reflections on the relationship between theory and context, on concept transfer from one environment to the other, on the mapping of World Theory at certain points in time, on theoryʼs embededness in local cultures (either as “location”, or as “untranslatability”) or, quite the contrary, on its cross-cultural potential. Not least of all, our aim is to provide the necessary framework for addressing the hegemonic relationships between cultures in terms of theory production and to explore cultural strategies in which these “world literary knowledges” can effectively extend their territory outside Western borders.

A selection of the presented papers will be published in our journal, presently indexed WOS, Erih+, and others, see here. The publication of an edited volume on the topic will also be discussed at the conference.

We invite papers on the following non-exclusive topics:

  • constructing and deconstructing theory
  • world literature and literary theory
  • inscribing and circumscribing literary knowledge
  • traveling concepts and theories
  • metanarratives of canonization
  • location and circulation of theory
  • mapping world theory
  • cultural embeddedness and cosmopolitanism
  • cross-cultural transfers of theory

Please see the detailed conference call here:

Contact Info: 

Main organizers:

editors-in chief Alex Goldiș and Mihaela Ursa