First International Symposium in Comparative Literature

First International Symposium in Comparative Literature

Date: March 20 – 22, 2013
Venue: Bogotá, Colombia
Submission deadline: October 30, 2012

After Babel: literary discourse between languages

First International Symposium in Comparative Literature

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Department of Literature

March 20-23, 2013

In the words of George Steiner, “literature reads and listens after Babel”, at the cross-roads between multiple discourses and languages, in a constant process of codifying and recodifying. We thus invite submissions which reflect on the many ways in which, within literary works, different languages clash, converse, cross-breed, disseminate, creating effects of polyphony or counterpoint, discursive estrangements and interweavings; we also invite reflection on the ways in which literary discourse interacts with other discursive and artistic forms. These various phenomena could be considered from a number of angles:

– The coexistence, in the literary work, of two or more natural languages;

– Dialogues or tensions between two or more literatures belonging to different cultures or languages, in the form of works, authors, genres, trends or historical traditions whose coexistence is explicitly at issue in the work examined;

– The dialogue, in a given work, between literature as a discourse and other discourses such as philosophy, anthropology, history, psychoanalysis, always supposing that this dialogue is an explicit aspect of the work itself as a form of multilingual discourse;

– The mutual interactions between the language of literature and other artistic languages (music, painting, architecture, dance, dance-theater, graphic art, cinema, photography…)

Proposals for papers or round-tables must be submitted before September 15, 2012. The results of the selection process will be communicated after October 30, 2012. The abstracts submitted must not be longer than 200 words for individual papers, or 300 for round-tables. Individual papers are to be delivered in 20 minutes at most, in order to leave time for discussion. Round-tables will be scheduled to last approximately an hour and a half. Submissions may be in Spanish, Portuguese, English or French. Selected speakers are requested to send the full text of their papers to the organizing committee by February 15, 2013, for subsequent publication in the symposium Proceedings.

Submissions will be received at the following e-mail address: