Open to faculty and graduate students only

Comparative Literature in Dialogue Biennial Conference:
"The People of the Book, People of Books” (closed)

April 23-24, 2015, 9:30am-5:00pm
Alexander Library, Pane Room 
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey
The People of the Book, People of Books flyer

This year’s Comparative Literature in Dialogue Biennial Conference focuses on the relation of religion to literature. On one hand we explore how faith and fiction sip into collective consciousness, through the Book or books in general. On the other hand we look into the recurring tensions between literary humanistic ideals, “free speech” the most salient among them, and “fundamentalisms.”  We address current debates on secularism and the critique, the humanities in the face of religious conflict, offering new paths into thinking on the political and historical relevance of literary activity. A conference on fiction and memory, faith and identity, literature and community, with a keynote address by Gil Anidjar (Columbia). Guests include: Talal Asad (CUNY), Emily Apter (NYU), Eduardo Cadava (Princeton), Patricia Dailey (Columbia), Sarah Hammerschlag (Chicago), Marc Nichanian (Sabancı), D. Vance Smith (Princeton), and Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben Gurion). Respondents: Michael Levine (German & Comp. Lit.), Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies & Comp. Lit.), Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies & Comp. Lit.), Andrew Parker (French & Comp. Lit.), Judith Surkis (History), James Swenson (French & Comp. Lit.), Azzan Yadin-Israel, Jewish Studies) and Yael Zerubavel (Jewish Studies & History).

Sponsored by: The Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs • The Office of the Dean of Humanities • Program in Comparative Literature • Rutgers University Libraries • African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs • Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life • Jewish Studies • Center for Middle Eastern Studies • English • Religion • Spanish • South Asian Studies Program • Center for Cultural Analysis • German and Russian/Slavic