2nd edition of the Tribune

The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune is pleased to announce the Call for proposals for its 2nd edition !

Invitation to participate in:

The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune – 2nd edition

30 October 2015

University of Toronto

Comparatists: Assert yourselves!

The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune is a space of encounter for graduate students to share their research projects while reflecting on their discipline. The first edition took place in January 2015 at the Université de Montréal, and gathered students from four Canadian institutions who presented their research in French and English, in a variety of formats.

For its second edition, to take place at the University of Toronto on October 30, 2015, the Tribune encourages comparatist students to present their projects in an original and concise format lasting 10 minutes, so as to promote exchanges, debates and discussions. The Tribune is a privileged space to test unconventional modes of presentation and to explore the development of one’s PhD or MA thesis or any other project.

The Tribune particularly encourages presentations that:

  • Offer a synthesized look at the conclusions or the structure of a research project;
  • Define the limits or shortcomings of a research project, potentially proposing some possible solutions;
  • Describe the theoretical, methodological, institutional or practical difficulties encountered during research;
  • Explore a different mode of communication (in this case, your proposal should describe the format of your presentation);
  • Develop a critical reflection on the current practices of communicating research in academia;
  • Analyze the current context and challenges of comparative literature.

We welcome your proposals (100 to 200 words), however original and experimental, until 15 August 2015 at the following email address: tribunelitcomp@gmail.com. Please specify your university affiliation and your year of study. Your presentation of a maximum of 10 minutes can be either in French or English (or both!), in the medium of your choice. The selection will be announced by the end of August.

Invitation à participer à :

La tribune des étudiant-e-s en littérature comparée – 2ème édition

30 octobre 2015

Université de Toronto

Comparatistes : Affirmez-vous !

La Tribune des étudiant-e-s en littérature comparée est un espace de rencontre permettant aux étudiant-e-s de deuxième et troisième cycles de partager leurs projets de recherche tout en réfléchissant aux enjeux de leur discipline. La première rencontre, en janvier 2015 à l’Université de Montréal, a réuni des étudiant-e-s de quatre universités canadiennes, qui ont présenté leurs recherches en français et en anglais, dans des formats variés et selon des approches de tout genre. !

Pour sa deuxième édition, qui se tiendra à l’Université de Toronto le 30 octobre 2015, la Tribune encourage les étudiant-e-s comparatistes à présenter leurs projets dans un format original et concis de 10 minutes, afin de promouvoir les échanges, les débats et les discussions. La Tribune est un lieu privilégié pour venir tester des modes de présentation non conventionnels, et pour se questionner sur le développement de sa thèse, de son mémoire ou d’autres projets parallèles.

La Tribune encourage particulièrement les présentations qui :

  • Proposent un regard synthétique sur les conclusions ou la structure d’un projet de recherche;
    Définissent les limites ou lacunes d’un projet de recherche, en proposant ou non des pistes de solutions;
  • Décrivent les difficultés théoriques, méthodologiques, institutionnelles et pratiques rencontrées au cours de recherches;
  • Explorent un mode de communication différent (dans ce cas, votre proposition devra décrire la forme que prendra votre présentation);
  • Développent une réflexion critique sur les formats académiques de diffusion de la recherche;
  • Analysent le contexte actuel et les défis de la littérature comparée.

Nous attendons vos propositions (100 à 200 mots), aussi originales et expérimentales soient-elles, pour le 15 août 2015 à l’adresse suivante: tribunelitcomp@gmail.com. Veuillez préciser votre université de rattachement et votre cycle d’étude. Votre présentation, d’un maximum de 10 minutes, pourra être prononcée en anglais ou en français (ou les deux !), dans le médium de votre choix. La sélection sera communiquée au plus tard le 30 août.

Continue reading “2nd edition of the Tribune”


CFP: Transverse 15: Food

The CFP for the next issue of Transverse (journal of the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto) is available! Check it out at http://www.transversejournal.org/cfp/

Deadline: 25 September, 2015

The CompLit Students’ Tribune : 1st edition in Montréal

The first edition of the  Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune, a new collaborative event co-organized by students from the Université de Montréal and the University of Toronto, took place in Montréal last Friday, January 16th, 2015. The event featured presentations by students from four universities across Canada, including four presentations by students of our Centre, Saharnaz Samaeinejad, Pushpa Raj Acharya, Karen Yaworski and Liza Futerman.

This bilingual event was created to strengthen links between young scholars of comparative literature in Canada. We had very good feedback from participants and hope to see many of you at the next edition that will take place in Toronto, in the fall of 2015.

Below are the two wonderful posters of the event (Thanks to Erwan Geffroy !!), and the schedule of the event.

To follow the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-tribune-des-étudiants-de-LittCo-The-Complit-Students-Tribune/706876126049185


January 16th, 2015, Université de Montréal, Carrefour des arts et des sciences

9h30 – 10h00 : Opening – Coffee
Opening remarks : Simon Harel, director, Comparative literature department, UdeM.
Presentation of the project by the four organizers: Elise Couture-Grondin (UofT), Erwan Geffroy (UdeM), Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard (UofT), Servanne Monjour (UdeM).

10h00 – 11h30 : Session A – Moderator – Julie Tremblay-Devirieux (Université de Montréal)
Dominique Hétu (Université de Montréal) : « Les géographies du care dans certaines œuvres littéraires contemporaines ».
Saharnaz Samaeinejad (University of Toronto) : « Apocaliptic and religio-utopian writers in modern Iran ».
Pushpa Raj Acharya (University of Toronto) : « Violence and fiction in South Asia ».

11h45 – 12h30 : Reflection of research-creation
« Performative interpenetration of practice and theory in artistic research », a performance presented by Jean-Francois Boisvenue (Université de Montréal).

12h30 : Lunch

14h – 15h30 : Session B – Moderator – Élise Couture-Grondin  (University of Toronto)
Matthew Cormier (Université de Moncton) : « Comparative Literature and its Strength in Lateral Argumentation ».
Louis-Thomas Leguerrier (Université de Montréal) : « Ulysse au XXe siècle : une rencontre entre pensée conceptuelle et personnification ».
Mathieu Li-Goyette (Université de Montréal) : « Pour une réflexion ontologique de la bande-dessinée ».
Karen Yaworski (University of Toronto): « “Hey, you!” “Who, me?”: Junot Díaz’s Play with the Second Person »

15h30 – 16h : Coffee break

16h – 17h30 : Session C – Moderator – Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard (University of Toronto)
Tyler Cook (Université de Moncton) : « From Daigle’s Pour sûr to Majzel’s For Sure; cultural loss, re-appropriation and gain in the translated work ».
Rasoul Aliakbari (University of Alberta) : « Critical Transversism: A Creative Approach to Comparative Literature “in Crisis” ».
Élisabeth Routhier (Université de Montréal) : « Intermédialité, littérature comparée, et frontières médiatiques ».
Liza Futerman (University of Toronto) : « Exoticisism, Parody and Exclusion in Aleksei Fedorchenko’s Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari ».

18h: Dinner

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Free poetry workshops at Hart House

Free poetry workshops at Hart House. Only open to U of T students. Bring 10 copies of one poem to any meeting. Meetings start at 1pm on the following Sundays: Sept 14 & 28, Oct 5 & 26, Nov 9 & 23. The Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop is in its 20th year at Hart House. Contact carolyn@sfwriter.com for more information

Call for Papers: The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune, Issue 1

Dear Complitters, 

Please find attached (or read below) the call for contributions to The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune. The Tribune wants to be a space where we can discuss our academic projects, reflect on the concerns of our discipline, build collaboration between graduate students from different universities, and get to know each other. Montreal will host the first edition in January (yes, it’s a great opportunity to experience Montreal’s winter!) and we have already planned the second one to be in Toronto next year. 

We hope to see you there! 

You can contact Elise at elise.couture.grondin@mail.utoronto.ca or Jeanne jeanne.mathieu.lessard@mail.utoronto.ca  if you have any questions.

Élise, Jeanne, 

Servanne (UdeM) and Erwan (UdeM)


The Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune – 1st edition

January 16, 2014, University of Montréal


Comparatists: Assert yourselves! 

            Studies in comparative literature bring together a large community of scholars, breathing life into a discipline whose applicability continues to proliferate. Graduate students’ research projects are rich and varied, reflecting the breadth of the discipline, although lacking diffusion within the larger comparatist community. Last winter, students met to think about a possible collaboration between the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Montreal and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Since then, the obvious lack of connections between graduate students from both universities, as well as from other Canadian universities, became a source of motivation for envisioning a space of encounter where we could discuss our projects on the ground of the discipline we share. The “Comparative Literature Students’ Tribune” aims at encouraging discussions between comparatist graduate students of Canadian universities. By asserting the specificity of each of the comparative literature programs in the country, we hope to identify what unites us in this field of study, and forge lasting friendships between young scholars and contribute to the ongoing conversations about the discipline in Canada. For its first edition, in January 2015, the Tribune will take place at the University of Montreal, and will be organized around the question of the spaces for comparative literature.

 Occupy Comparative Literature’s Spaces

            Thanks to its polyglot and multicultural specificity, Canada is a privileged space for comparatist studies. But our discipline, little known by the public at large and imperfectly identified within academia itself, suffers today from a lack of institutional recognition. Therefore, it seems urgent for us to affirm, display and reflect its presence and importance. This year, the Tribune proposes to explore the question of spaces (geographical, linguistic, theoretical, etc.) of comparative literature in Canada – spaces of convergence but also spaces of tension. Among the issues we hope to tackle:


    How does Canada constitute itself as a comparatist laboratory?

    In what way(s) can comparative literature take (back) its place within institutional spaces, but also within public spaces?

    How can we consider the very space of comparative literature, at the junction of a plurality of fields – intercultural, interdisciplinary, intermedial, etc.?

     Finally, how are the limits of these theoretical, institutional and geo-political spaces asserted, obliterated or displaced?


            We invite graduate students to present their research projects at any stage of their completion through the prism of these questions. Since the Tribune wishes to be a convivial space of exchange, of discussion and of experimentation, we encourage modes of theoretical and critical expression that are original, transmedia or collaborative. Test your research projects, debate your methodological approach, perform your thesis!

We welcome your proposals (150-200 words) until October 24, 2014 at the following email address: tribunelitcomp@gmail.com. Please specify your university affiliation and your year of study. Your presentation of 10 to 15 minutes can be either in French or English, in the medium of your choice.


La tribune des étudiant-e-s en littérature comparée – 1ère édition

16 janvier 2015, Université de Montréal


Comparatistes : Affirmez-vous !

Les études en littérature comparée rassemblent une large communauté de chercheurs, assurant la vitalité d’une discipline dont les domaines d’application n’ont cessé de se diversifier. À l’image de ce paysage disciplinaire hétérogène, les projets de recherche des étudiant-e-s gradués sont riches et variés, bien que peu diffusés au sein même de la communauté. L’hiver dernier, des étudiantes se sont réunies pour penser une collaboration possible entre le Département de littérature comparée à l’Université de Montréal et le Centre de littérature comparée à l’Université de Toronto. Depuis, le manque flagrant de connexions entre les jeunes chercheurs des deux universités, mais aussi des autres universités canadiennes, est devenu une source de motivation pour imaginer un espace de rencontre qui nous permettrait, à nous étudiants, de partager nos projets de recherche tout en réfléchissant aux enjeux de notre discipline. À cet égard, la «Tribune des étudiant-e-s en littérature comparée » a pour ambition de favoriser davantage les échanges entre les étudiant-e-s comparatistes de deuxième et troisième cycles des universités canadiennes. En affirmant les singularités propres à chacun des programmes comparatistes, nous espérons identifier au mieux ce qui nous unit dans ce champ d’études, et tisser des amitiés durables entre les jeunes chercheurs. Pour sa première édition, en janvier 2015, la Tribune se tiendra à l’Université de Montréal, et s’articulera autour de la question des espaces de la littérature comparée. 

Occuper les espaces de la littérature comparée

Fort de sa spécificité polyglotte et interculturelle, le Canada constitue un espace privilégié pour les études comparatistes. Mais notre discipline, peu connue du grand public et mal identifiée au sein même de l’institution universitaire, souffre aujourd’hui d’un manque de reconnaissance institutionnel, tant et si bien qu’il nous semble urgent d’en affirmer, d’en afficher et d’en réfléchir la présence. Cette année, la Tribune propose ainsi d’explorer la question des espaces (géographiques, linguistiques, théoriques, etc.) de la littérature comparée – espaces de convergences mais aussi de tensions – au Canada. Parmi les problématiques que nous souhaiterions aborder :

    Comment le Canada se constitue-t-il en laboratoire comparatiste ?

    De quelle(s) façon(s) la littérature comparée pourrait-elle (re)prendre place dans des espaces institutionnels, mais aussi dans les espaces publics ?

    Comment considérer l’espace même de la littérature comparée, naturellement inscrite à la jonction de plusieurs domaines – l’interculturel, l’interdisciplinaire, l’intermédial, etc. ?

     Enfin, de quelles façons les limites de ces espaces théoriques, institutionnels et géopolitiques sont-elles affirmées, ignorées ou déplacées?

Nous invitons les étudiant-e-s des cycles supérieurs à venir présenter leurs projets de recherche, quels qu’en soit leur degré d’avancement, à travers le prisme de ces problématiques. Puisque la Tribune se revendique comme un espace convivial d’échange, de discussion et d’expérimentation, nous vous encourageons à privilégier des modes d’expression théoriques et critiques originaux, trans-médiatiques, ou même collaboratifs. Testez vos projets de recherche, débattez de votre approche méthodologique, performez votre thèse !

Nous attendons vos propositions (150-200 mots) pour le 24 octobre 2014 à l’adresse suivante: tribunelitcomp@gmail.com. Veuillez préciser votre université de rattachement et votre cycle d’étude. Votre présentation, de 10 à 15 minutes, pourra être prononcée en anglais ou en français, dans le médium de votre choix.

Congress Presentations by Complitters past & present

May 24
Jonathan Allan:
May 24, 2014: 9am-10.30am
“Queering the Prairies, or Against Metronormativity”
International Centre 119

May 25
Jonathan Allan:
May 25, 2014: 9am-10.15am
“Masculinity as Cruel Optimism”
Taro 307

Jonathan Allan:
May 25, 2014: 1.30-3.00
“Why Now? Queer Theory and Comparative Literature
MC-D 309

May 26
Myra Bloom:
ACCUTE on Monday, May 26, 10:30AM-12:00PM
East Academic 103.

Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard:
CSIS: May 26, 4:00PM-5:30pm
Thistle 255

Yi Chen:
CCLA: May 26 1:30PM-3:00PM

May 27
Antonio Viselli:
APFUCC: May 27, 9:00AM-10:30 AM
EARP 400

Martin Zeilinger (University of Toronto/OCAD):
FSAC, May 27 10:00AM-11:45AM
“Time as Vital Currency and Cinematic Structuring Device in Andrew Niccol’s Dystopia In Time”
Plaza 408

Joe Culpepper:
CATR: May 27, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Roundtable. Circus research in the ROC: A roundtable and demonstration of practice
TH (Thistle) 141

Martin Zeilinger:
CPSA: May 27, 3.15-4.45pm
“Copyright and Moral Economies of Digital Practice”,
Taro Hall 260

Jonathan Allan, Lauren Beard, Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard
CCLA: May 27, 2014: 4.30-6.00
CCLA Roundtable: Comparative Literature in Canada
Thistle 307

May 29
Sarah O’Brien (Brock University/University of Toronto): 
FSAC: May 29, 3:15PM-4:45PM
“Can the First-Person Be Posthuman?”
Plaza 411

May 30
Jonathan Allan:
SSA: May 30, 2014: 3.00-4.30
“Is the Condom Paranoid?”
International Centre 114

A CompLitter’s Guide to Reading Week in Toronto

ImageReading Week is upon us. What does this mean?

Realistically, it means that time will become uncontrollable: for nine whole days, life won’t be structured by seminars. You may instinctively want to relapse into the read-in-bed-all-day pattern. Let’s be honest, that is not a good pattern: at best, it is repetitive; at worst, it’s nothing but barely disguised sloth.

Oh, rise to the challenge of this week of unstructured time! Look up from the printed page and remember you have a life and a body. Force yourself to be in new places and engage in new activities. Using Reading Week to become aware and alert.

To help you through this confusing time, here is a random, by no means all-inclusive list of things to do in Toronto during Reading Week.

1. Leave your neighbourhood. The city is bigger than you think it is. Learn some facts about Toronto’s history in out-of-the-way museums like the Tollkeeper’s Cottage at Bathurst and Davenport. If you aren’t into local history but like cool stuff, there are exhibitions about cool stuff going on. Like interesting non-toy objects made of vinyl at the Design Exchange.

2. Watching the Olympics is entertaining, but don’t let all this inspiration go to waste. Get some people together for some (choreographed?) skating at Dufferin Grove. Not many of us can gather up the motivation to go do winter sports alone, but once you’ve organized an outing, you have no choice but to go. Tip from Jeanne: Post-skating community dinners are five bucks. Nice.

3. Since you have a ton of work to do, do it in various locations. Come on, at least some of your tasks can be done in the presence of friends, with a hot beverage at hand. Besides, a change of scenery does wonders for productivity. What you need is independent cafes (best explored with an indie coffee passport in hand). I’ve found that the Centre for Social Innovation at Bathurst and Harbord and Cabin Fever near Keele are pretty good for working.

4. Most importantly, do not fall off the face of the earth. Reading week gives us a rare chance to be around each other without the constant stress of hurrying to class. So let’s help each other with conference papers and essay proposals, and make Hegel jokes (if that’s your jam), and share coffee and cupcakes and Aphrodite’s apples.

In short, go explore new horizons and come back to the Centre to tell everyone else all about it.

CFP: Comparative Literature in Canada Forum-Report: The State of the Field (CRCL/RCLC)

Graduate students and early career (pre-tenure) scholars in Canada working in the field of Comparative Literature are invited to submit 1000 word submissions to the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Révue canadienne de littérature comparée by December 21, 2013 reflecting on the discipline of Comparative Literature, on Comp Lit in  Canada, or demonstrating a brief example of Comparative Literature in action.  This forum-report will be a contribution to the state, future and health of the discipline and will invert the usual way of doing this, by inviting the contributions of students and recent graduates of Comparative Literature, rather than the most senior scholars.  It will constitute a forum or report from Canada on the discipline on the ground.  Please send submissions to Jonathan Hart, editor, CRCL/RCLC at crcl@ualberta.ca and copied to jhart@ualberta.ca. You can also submit it formally through the submission on the CRCL/RCLC website (Instructions below).  The idea is to have brief and suggestive pieces rather than long and exhaustive contributions, more in the spirit of a forum, one of our regular features.  The forum-report will appear very soon in an issue of CRCL/RCLC.  We welcome submissions in French and English.

Instructions for Submitting through the CRCL/RCLC Portal:
To submit via the CRCL website:
-Log in (and/or register for new users) as author, then
-Click on the link under “Start a New Submission”.
-Then follow the instructions on that page and the rest of the five-step submission process.
-You will receive a confirmation email when your submission is received.

2012 Northrop Frye Lecture and other upcoming events

31 Jan 2013–2 Feb 2013: Wagner and Adaptation

Jackman Humanities Institute
Room 100, Jackman Humanities Institute
University of Toronto
Organzied by The Opera Exchange. For more information, please click here

31 Jan 2013, 4pm: Lauren Berlant’s Public Lecture

George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave. Toronto
The Centre for Comparative Literature presents A public lecture by
Our 2012 Northrop Frye Professor

5 Mar 2013, 4pm: Professor Cathy Caruth’s talk

Details TBC

14 Mar 2013, 4pm: Professor Rita Felski’s talk: “An Inspector Calls”

Room 119 Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park
University of Toronto

5 Apr 2013–7 Apr 2013: American Comparative Literature Association conference

University of Toronto