Date
March 19, 2021

Location

A virtual event.
This event is at capacity and registration is closed.


Time
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Event Organizer

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University and the Sheikh Zayed Book Committee


Event Sponsor

ICLS and the Sheikh Zayed Book Committee


Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Trans/Formations in Arabic Literary Theory: Prospects and Limits 
a virtual panel discussion
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10:00AM EST New York
Columbia University

This event is at capacity and registration is closed.

The Call for Papers can be viewed here. ]

Hosted by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University and the Sheikh Zayed Book Committee.

The primary focus of this conference is on Arabic literary theory, engaging with its development from the pre-modern era up to the present. Literary Theory is not limited to the classical or premodern reading of poetics and adab, but also inclusive, and very strongly, of transformations since the late nineteenth century. It is a navigation among the fields of culture industry, circulation, dissemination, authorship, copyright issues, arts, cyberspace. We invite scholars to explore a plethora of thematic issues tied to the challenges of mapping, reconstructing, and studying varied sets of Arabic literary theoretical frameworks with the aim of identifying cross-temporal and trans-local conceptualizations and terms for a genealogy of Arabic literary theory. While focusing on the formation, transformation, re-organization and enduring legacy of pre-modern literary conceptualizations across the Arabic literary continuum, the conference approaches modernist literary explorations as invitations to the study of paradigmatic shifts in Arabic literary theory. The conference aspires to cement a dialogue between classical and modern epistemic systems while questioning their boundaries.

Abstracts should be mailed to this email address by February 11, 2021. Please visit our Call for Papers for more details. 

This preliminary panel is the first of three events. It will be followed by an in-person session on *June 27-30, 2021, at the Columbia University Global Center, Reid Hall, Paris and a second in-person session on *December 1-3, 2021, at Columbia University in the City of New York.

*These dates are tentative due to the current health safety crisis

All questions for the organizing committee may be sent to arabicliterarytheory@gmail.com.
 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
  (212) 854-4541
  (212) 854-3099