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Past May Colloquia

The May Colloquium is always a highlight of the academic year for Comparative Literature. It serves as an opportunity to engage in scholarly debate and explore the progress being made in the field at large.

The “Anachronic” Now: Futures for Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies





Friday, May 3, 2013; 3:00 – 7:00 pm


The President’s Dining Room, 12th Floor, Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center


MARTIN HARRIES (University of California, Irvine)

“Anachronic Public”



“Digital Yoknapatawpha”


EMILY WILSON (University of Pennsylvania)

“Timeless and Untimely Classics”


JOHN BUGG (Fordham)

“Decading Romanticism”



“Anachronism and the Anthropocene”



It is a truth universally acknowledged that the university has become an anachronism. As the university reckons with its anachronistic status -- whether in terms of exciting new models (like the digital humanities) or depressing new realities (like student debt, and budget cuts) -- how might we positively and productively rethink the crisis of the university's anachronism?

How might this crisis be reconceived in terms of what Alexander Nagel and Christopher S. Wood name the “anachronic”? “The power of the image, or the work of art, to fold time was neither discovered nor invented in the Renaissance. What was distinctive about the European Renaissance, so called, was its apprehensiveness about the temporal instability of the artwork, and its re-creation of the artwork as an occasion for reflection on that instability. The work of art ‘anachronizes,’ from the Greek anachronizein, built from ana-, ‘again,’ and the verb chronizein, ‘to be late or belated.’ To anachronize is to be belated again, to linger. … The work of art when it is late, when it repeats, when it hesitates, when it remembers, but also when it projects a future or an ideal, is ‘anachronic’” (Nagel and Wood, Anachronic Renaissance [Zone Books, 2010], 13).
Does the “anachronic” redefine the way comparative and interdisciplinary studies today are crossing over disciplines, periods, and traditionally defined areas?  To what extent might this “anachronic” help shape a future for comparative and interdisciplinary studies to come?

Past May Colloquia include:

Comparative Modernisms, Medialities, Modernities
2-Day Special Conference with NYU
2011 Documenting Diaspora(s) With Chris GoGwilt, Lori Grinker, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Dawit L. Petros, Ivy Wilson
2010 Film and the Humanities With P. Adams Sitney, Mark Street, Dan Streible, Lynne Tillman
2009 NY / Avant-Gardes With Jimbo Blachly, Matthew Buckingham, Bob Perelman, Lytle Shaw
2008 Feeling Out of Bounds With Hugo Benavides, Synnøve Bendixsen, Glenn Hendler, Heather Love, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui
2007 Yvette Christiansë's Unconfessed (2006) in Conversation and Reflection With Anne Anlin Cheng, Yvette Christiansë, Kim Hall, Saidyia Hartman, Fawzia Mustafa, Irma Watkins-Owens
2006 Academic Freedom With Rosalind Morris, Ellen Schrecker, Domna Stanton, Robert Vodicka, Irwin Yellowitz
2005 Music / Theater / Film With Sangita Gopal, Lawrence Kramer, Louise Stein, Rose Rosengard Subotnik
2004 Film and Globalization With Waiel Abdelwahed, Jiwon Ahn, Awam Amkpa, Sujatha Fernandes, Eva Stadler
2003 Comparative Studies in States of Emergency With Emily Apter
2002 Technologies of Temporality in the Cinema With Mary Ann Doane
2001 Urbanisms: Reading the City With John Archer, Colin Cathcart, Tom Conley, Louise Mirrer, Bruce Robbins, Rosemary Wakeman
2000 Value, in Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives With Stanley Aronowitz, Gerald Blaszczack, S.J., Fraser Easton, Anahid Kassabian
1999 The Politics of Location: Comparative Studies Across the Disciplines With Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Yvette Christiansë, Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Rosalind Morris, Marc Nichanian, Zita Nunes
1998 Border Crossings: Translation Across the Disciplines With David Brackett, Tom Conley, Peter Connor, Peter Hitchcock, Rosalind Morris, George Yudice
1997 Border Crossings into the Next Millennium: Literary Studies Today With John M. Archer, Margaret Ferguson, Michael Holquist, Mary Poovey


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