Online International Conference - When is Theory? Shifts of Time Frame in Contemporary Literary Studies

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April 15, 2021 to April 16, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Literature, World History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies

    Dates: 15-16 April 2021

    Venue: Online

    Organizer: The Metacritic Center for Advanced Literary Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University

    Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

    Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Aarhus University


    The aim of our conference is to signal the insufficient interrogation of the temporal premises in literary studies and to invite reflections on the ideological presuppositions of the temporal concepts embedded in the vocabulary of theory. Our call for papers openly pleads for a reframing of the material employed in literary studies in order to question the „mechanical clock” that standardized approaches to cultures. It also calls for an elaboration of theories or concepts encompassing diverse and heterogeneous experiences of time.

    Perspectives on the outlined topic may include, but are not limited to:

    • Concepts and preconceptions of time in literary studies
    • The meaning of synchronicity, modernity, development, progress in culture
    • The politics of Eurochronology
    • Multiple, disjunctive, incommensurable experiences of time
    • Alternative time units of analysis: longue durée, deep time, structural time, planetary time
    • The Schizophrenic, fragmented, compressed time of postmodernity/ virtual reality/ late capitalism


    Proposals by March 15, 2021. Acceptance notices: March 22, 2021.

    Contact Info: 

    By March 15, 2021, please submit your paper proposal to including: your name and affiliation, a paper title, a 150 words proposal with 5 key words, and a 100 words bio-note. Acceptance notices: March 22, 2021.