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An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: "Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy" (Princeton, Slavic, October 16-17, 2015)
Philosophy and Literature:
In Search of Lost Synergy
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Keynote Speaker: Mikhail Epstein, Emory University and Durham University
October 16-17, 2015 | Open to the public Program
Details and Times
more than any other national literature, Russian literature has served
as a surrogate and medium for philosophical
inquiry. In the Russian context, literature, art and politics have all
served as a kind of laboratory for experimenting with some of the most
important philosophical frameworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. As
the keynote speaker, Mikhail Epstein, has noted,
“perhaps no other nation in the world has so totally surrendered its
social, cultural, and economic life to the demands of philosophical
“Philosophy and Literature: In Search of Lost Synergy” investigates the
contours and consequences of a historical position that marks itself as
an intersection of the literary and philosophical. The questions that
arise from the specific character of the Russian
cultural legacy are at once peculiar to Russia, and universal: is the
artistic imagination detrimental to systematic thought, or is it a
necessary correlative? Is the literary inherently philosophical? Is
there a sort of lyricism embedded within the philosophical,
and are there philosophies that inhere in the poetic?
Drawing on the expertise of scholars in literary studies and philosophy,
this interdisciplinary, two-day graduate student conference aims to
re-examine questions and topics central to both, including:
· At what point and in what context can a literary text be considered “philosophical”?
· What are the overlaps and divergences between literary and philosophical “truth”?
· To what extent does literary criticism conform to—or depart from—the concerns of philosophy?
· How has the interrelationship between literature and philosophy evolved in the Russian context?
· What does the future hold for the relationship between Russian
philosophy and literature, both institutionally and intellectually?
· Is Russian culture (as philosophy departments in non-Russian
universities are fond of claiming, and as some Russian thinkers
themselves insist) inimical to the very concept of a systematic
discipline of philosophy, at least as it has been known in the West
Web-comics: Some Links by Liladhar R. Pendse (UC Berkeley)
This exhibit also takes in consideration comics that are born digital. The webcomics represent a unique opportunity for their creators to provide outreach to multiple audiences. Below are some suggested webcomics that can make this exhibition more interesting to our visitors.The list below was adapted for use from Buzzfeed.com, scroll.in and other sites. Some of these comics might be sensitive to their viewers. I would advise viewer’s discretion. This is not a comprehensive list but it provides a meaningful insight into the mysterious world of the webcomics.
A Century of Movement: Russian
Culture and Global Community Since 1917 CFP Deadline: April 7, 2017 October
12-13, 2017 http://centuryofmovement.web.unc.edu University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keynote Speakers: Katerina
Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker Conference Organizers: Jamie
Blake and Grace Kweon, in collaboration with Annegret Fauser The
cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and
uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and
social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security.
This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the
transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an
examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without
will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the
patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. In light of today’s
CALL FOR PAPERS Accelerated development? Socio-political landslides, cultural ruptures and literary history in Eastern Europe Ghent University September 29 – October 1, 2017 http://www.slavistiek.ugent.be/Accelerateddevelopment). In 1964 the Bulgarian-Belarusian-Russian scholar Georgii Gachev coined the term ‘uskorennoe razvitie’ or ‘accelerated development’ in his 1964 monograph Accelerated Development of Literature: On the Basis of the Bulgarian Literature of the First Half of the 19thCentury. The term describes what happened to Bulgarian literature during Ottoman rule. Being a ‘young’ and ‘peripheral’ literature, having started to develop only recently at the time, Bulgarian literature ‘had to’ go through the whole evolution of European literature at a high pace in order to catch up with the latter. One of the side effects of this accelerated development was that characteristics of different style periods could even co-occur. Gachev’s thought-provoking idea has never really received a l…