A One-Day Symposium on 'Comparative Literature in the 21st Century: Theory and Praxis'
About the Event
Department of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) will be organizing a one-day symposium on 'Comparative Literature in the 21st Century: Theory and Praxis' on 22 September, 2017 at Kondajji Basappa Memorial Hall, Bengaluru.
The session will begin with the inauguration of the program by Prof. E.V. Ramakrishnan, Member of the Executive Council of International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) and Vice-President of Comparative Literature Association of India (CLAI). The inaugural program will be followed by four plenary sessions on topics such as 'Comparative Literature: Multiple Rhythms', 'World Writing/Writing the World', 'Comparative Literature and Ethics of Plurality', and 'Digital Humanities' to be delivered by eminent speakers.
The aim of the Symposium is to explore the politics of virtual society that claim to make the world's information 'universally accessible and useful', while critical skills of intervening into writings are replaced by new skills required at the time of data. The session will focus on debates around how literature becomes data, approaches and research acumen exclusively digital to writings.
“If 'Digital Humanities' is the next big thing in a long time, what are the implications of digitization in the 21st century? What are the ramifications in its attempt to rephrase questions of social, cultural and political import, making them more and more about the infrastructure of turning information into data? Is it merely a complex way of storing and accessing knowledge? Does the act of archiving pose ethical problems?” - the symposium will attempt to provide answers to these significant questions.
The symposium is an attempt to conjecture questions of 'Linearity', 'Simultaneity', the West in the World, questions of marginality and translation in the global times. It is intended to students, teachers, and research scholars and invites them to attend and share their knowledge on this platform.