Crossing borders (Colombia)

Crossing borders: translation, transposition, transmutation
Second International Symposium in Comparative Literature
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Department of Literature
September 7-9, 2016

Human cultures are dynamic entities because of the constant interaction between self and other which takes place within them. Iuri M. Lotman speaks of the need for the foreign text in the development of every culture, and of the importance of heterogeneous messages in the creation of new texts. In this context, the comparative study of literature and art invites us to explore the manifold processes of translation and transposition which take place between, and within, diverse linguistic, cultural and artistic spheres. These processes occur between literary genres and artistic forms. The symposium encourages papers on these phenomena along the following lines:

– Literary translation (translations of literary works from one language to another and the interpretive processes involved in this process, as well as related problems of literary and artistic reception);

-Rewritings, adaptations and parodies of literary works or genres;

-Transpositions of literary works to other artistic media (the movies, music, painting, and others) or, conversely, literary transpositions of art works created in other media (one might consider, for example, the role of sculpture in some of Rilke’s poems, or the structural role of jazz in Cortázar’s Rayuela);

-The migration of themes and topoi between different cultural spheres or artistic media.

Submissions for papers, or for panels consisting of a maximum of four papers, will be received in Spanish, Portuguese, or English until March 15, 2016. Submissions will be evaluated by the organizing committee and the results of the evaluation will be published by March 30, 2016. Abstracts for papers should be no longer than 300 words; for panels they may be up to 800 words long, and should not include a bibliography. Papers should be limited to 20 minutes; in the case of panels, sessions will last for a maximum of an hour and a half.

Submissions, which must include the name and home institution of the author, as well as her/his contact information, will be received at the following e-mail: