WEBCASTS


April 5th, 2017
Poetry Reading (Audio only)
by Fred Moten, 2017 Northrop Frye Professor
George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto, Canada

April 4th, 2017
“Manic Depression: A Poetics of Hesitant Sociology”  (Audio Only)
by Fred Moten, 2017 Northrop Frye Professor
George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto, Canada

This lecture is concerned with what happens when black poetry thematizes the event of one black person looking at another or at others. What if the poetic thematization of this event is also always theorizing the impossibility of this event? Then black poetry moves in the break between mourning and divination. This lecture will focus on a couple of examples of such movement.

Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

March 3rd, 2017
Made in Canada: Trauma Discourse Beyond the ‘Two Solitudes’”.
by Barbara Havercroft, Professor of Comparative Literature and French
27th annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

March 4th, 2017
Pipelines and Territories: On Energy and Environmental Futures in Canada
by Imre Szeman, Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta
27th annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

September 21st  2016 Emmanuel College
The 2016 Northrop Frye Lecture given by Professor Ella Shohat:
“Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: The Curious Case of Judeo-Arabic”

This lecture examines linguistic belonging as invented within national and colonial itineraries. More specifically, it explores the genealogy of the concept of “Judeo-Arabic language” and its axiomatic definition as a cohesive (specifically Jewish) unit separate from Arabic, and classifiable under the historically novel rubric of isolatable “Jewish languages” severed from their neighboring dialect/languages. Does the notion of “Judeo-Arabic” correspond to the designation by the speakers of that language themselves or rather to a paradigm influenced by post-Enlightenment Judaic studies and Jewish nationalism? And in the wake of the colonial partition of Palestine and the displacement from Arabic-speaking cultural geographies, how should we regard the salvage project for an “endangered Judeo-Arabic?” What are the phantasmatic aspects of a conceptual framework that has left a linguistic practice both rejected and desired?

Ella Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. Her award-winning books include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices; Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of RepresentationTalking VisionsUnthinking Eurocentrism; and Race in Translation.

April 1, 2016 at Jackman Humanities Institute
“Of Queer Neutrality: Apartness, Erasure, Intimacy”
A Roundtable Discussion of John Paul Ricco’s The Decision Between Us: art and ethics in the time of scenes.

Featuring
Stacey D’Erasmo (Barnard College)
Jacques Khalip (Brown University)
Tom McDonough (Binghamton University)
David Clark (McMaster University)

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April , 7 2016
Professor Kate Holland’s talk “The Novel in the Longue-Durée: Veselovsky and Bakhtin’s Competing Origin Stories” . The Comparative Literature Course Union’s Winter edition of the Emerging Research in Comparative Literature Series

Alexander Veselovsky (1838-1906) was the founding father of Comparative Literature in Russia and pioneer of an approach to literary scholarship he called Historical Poetics, which sees literature as the formal expression of the social and psychological needs of peoples as they develop over deep time. Beginning with a discussion of Historical Poetics, this talk goes on to examine Veselovsky’s history and theory of the novel, comparing his account of the genre’s origins in the popular genres of late antiquity with Bakhtin’s account of its roots in the dynamic heteroglossia of the disintegrating Roman Empire in “Discourse in the Novel” and “Epic and Novel.”

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March 5, 2016
W.J.T. Mitchell’s Keynote Speech: “Salvaging Israel/Palestine: Art, Collaboration, and the Binational State”
26th Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

March 5, 2016
Linda & Michael Hutcheon, University of Toronto
Keynote Speech:“Operatic Transformation: Translation, Adaptation, Transladaptation”
26th Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

March 5, 2016
Professor John Paul Ricco’s Keynote Speech: “Edging, Drawing, the Common”
26th Annual Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature

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20 Nov 2015
John Paul Ricco’s Lecture: “The Commerce of Anonymity
The Fall edition of the Emerging Research in Comparative Literature Series

Centered around The Andrew Project (2010-13), by artist Shaan Syed, this paper is an extended theoretical meditation on the politics and ethics of the name, drawing, the portrait, anonymity, the signature, loss and its impossible commemoration. Poster-sized reproductions of a line drawing of a young man’s face are wheat-pasted on the streets of London, Toronto and Berlin, and provoke consideration of the aesthetics of social anonymity and the figure of the passerby and the stranger in cities today. From the affirmation of the portrait as the face of effacement and erasure, emerge scenes of sociality that are ethical to the extent that they do not rely upon or demand identification, and thereby remain open to the risk, surprise and pleasure of shared existence, as that which happens in passing. An intimacy that remains un-nameable in the “commerce” of our everyday lives.

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27 February, 2014
Keynote Address, “JOY / LA JOIE,” 24th Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Veronika Ambros (Toronto)
The Joy of Comparison” – Part 1 
“The Joy of Comparison” – Part 2

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27 September, 2013
Public Lecture “The Politics of Fiction”
Jacques Rancière (Paris-St-Denis, emeritus; European Graduate School)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20130927-CCL/index.htm

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26 September, 2013
Public Lecture “Politics of Time, Time of Politics”
Jacques Rancière (Paris-St-Denis, emeritus; European Graduate School)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20130926-CCL/index.htm

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6 April, 2013
Keynote Address, “Global Positioning Systems,” 28th Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania) & David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford University)(introduction by Prof. Jill Ross)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20130406-CompLit/index.htm

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5 April 2013
5th Annual Linda Hutcheon & J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory, at the 28th Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association
Uzoma Esonwanne (Toronto)
“Migrations: Ifa in Cyberspace”
(introduction by Sita Rao)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20130405-CompLit/index.htm

5 March, 2013
2013 Northrop Frye Professor
Cathy Caruth (Cornell University)
“Disappearing History: Scenes of Trauma in the Theater of Human Rights. A Reading of Ariel Dorfman’s Play, Death and the Maiden
(introduction by Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20130305-CompLit/index.htm

10 March, 2012
Keynote Address, “(An)Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence,” 23rd Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
J. Hillis Miller (University of California at Irvine)
“‘L’absente de tous bouquets’: Literature as Real, Fictive, and Imaginary”
(introduction by Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20120310-CCL/index.htm

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9 March, 2012
Keynote Address, “(An)Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence,” 23rd Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Anne-Lise Françoise (University of California at Berkeley)
“Shadow Boxing: Empty Blows and Practice Steps from Wordsworth to Benjamin”
(introduction by Prof. Victor Li)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20120309-CCL/index.htm

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8 March, 2012
4th Annual Linda Hutcheon & J. Edward Chamberlin Lecture in Literary Theory,  at “(An)Aesthetic of Absence/Une esthétique de l’absence,” 23rd Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Rebecca Comay (Toronto)
“Proust’s Remains”
(introduction by Ronald Ng)
http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca/20120308-CCL/index.htm

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18 March, 2011
Keynote Address, “Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images,” 22rd Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Michael Taussig (Columbia)
“Iconoclasm Dictionary”
(introduction by Prof. Valentina Napolitano)
https://media.library.utoronto.ca/play.php?GkoyuH2sWNT4&id=3548&access=public

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17 March, 2011
Keynote Address, “Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images,” 22rd Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Carol Mavor (University of Manchester)
“Summer Was Inside the Marble: The Iconoclasm of Alain Resnais and Marguerite Duras’s Hiroshima mon amour”
(introduction by Prof. Eva-Lynn Jagoe)
https://media.library.utoronto.ca/play.php?HyWfHi8Eu5JZ&id=3532&access=public

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21 March, 2009
Keynote Address, “The Poetics and Politics of Reading: Studies in Honour of University Professors Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin,” 20th Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Mario J. Valdés (Toronto, emeritus)
“Poetry at War: Reading the Spanish Civil War”
(introduction by Prof. Linda Hutcheon)

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20 March, 2009
Keynote Address, “The Poetics and Politics of Reading: Studies in Honour of University Professors Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin,” 20th Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Sander L. Gilman (Emory University)
“Reading and Life: Ted and Linda”
(introduction by Prof. Ted Chamberlin)

19 March, 2009
Keynote Address, “The Poetics and Politics of Reading: Studies in Honour of University Professors Linda Hutcheon and J. Edward Chamberlin,” 20th Annual Colloquium of the Centre for Comparative Literature
Linda Hutcheon (Toronto)
“Luck: A Reader’s Story”
and
J. Edward Chamberlin (Toronto)
“The Yard and the Tower: A Life in School, Song, and Story”
(introduction by Prof. Russell Kilbourn, Wilfred Laurier University)