Worlds of Literature - Competing Notions of the Global

First annual conference of the Cluster of Excellence: "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" at Freie Universität Berlin from July 7-9, 2021

No 132/2021 from Jul 06, 2021

With its first annual conference, "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" at Freie Universität Berlin turns to the question of how competing notions of the global have affected and continue to affect debates about "world literature." The digital conference brings together international scholars from a broad range of disciplines to discuss different historical, theoretical, and methodological framings of world literature with special regard to their competing conceptions of cosmopolitanism and globality. The conference will address highly pertinent questions such as: What is or isn’t world literature? How do literature and other art forms give rise to (global) communities? And how do communities distinguish themselves from each other through literature? The event will be held in English and is open to the public. Participants are required to register beforehand via the conference platform: https://userblogs.fu-berl­­ds-of-lite­rature/reg­istration.

The Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities" aims to rethink literature from a global perspective and has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2019. It investigates how literature moves beyond the categories of geographical space and time (sometimes even millennia), establishing extensive temporalities and networks while constantly interacting with other forms of art, media, institutions, and social phenomena.

Further information on the program and introductory videos can be found on the conference platform­orlds-of-l­iterature.