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A collection of Comparative Literature's past events.

Immanuel Kim (George Washington Univeristy), on "Internationalizing North Korean Novel, Friend"

When Oct 18, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Larissa Sansour and Oreet Ashery in Conversation

When Oct 11, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Larissa Sansour and Oreet Ashery will respond to questions and discuss their collaboration on the graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, which focuses on the occupation of Palestine and the reasoning and process behind the work; the political situation in Palestine and what has changed since the novel was published in 2009; as well as their own individual practices.

Lorgia García Peña (Tufts University), on “A Full Stature of Humanity: Latinx Difference, Colonial Musings, and Black Belonging During Reconstruction”

When Oct 04, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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This chapter utilizes the words, actions, and impacts of Frederick Douglass and Gregorio Luperón to analyze the relationship between the project of US imperial expansion over the Caribbean and the project of US Black citizenship during the two decades that followed the US Civil War. I argue that this relationship is central to Black Latinidad.

 

Dr. Lorgia García-Peña is a first-generation Black Latina scholar from Trenton, New Jersey. Through a transnational, multidisciplinary lens, grounded on humanistic approaches to history and literature, García Peña studies Blackness, colonialism, migration and diaspora with a special focus on Black Latinidad. Her work emphasizes social justice, women of color feminism and Afro-Latinx episteme. She has a strong commitment to undocumented communities, and first-generation students of color.

 

Dr. García Peña is the co-founder of Freedom University Georgia, a school that provides college instruction to undocumented students and the co-director of Archives of Justice a transnational digital archive project that centers the life of people who identify as Black, queer and migrant. Dr. García-Peña’s first book The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions (Duke, Fall 2016) won the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, the 2016 LASA Latino/a Studies Book Award and the 2016 Isis Duarte Book Prize in Haiti and Dominican Studies.

 

Dr. García Peña has two forthcoming books, Translating Blackness: The Vaivén and Detours of Latinx Colonialities in Global Perspective (Duke, Fall 2022) looks at how Black Latinx migrants and their descendants grapple with various racial systems finding ways to translate racial meaning across national contexts while carving a space of belonging and representation within the nation (s) that often exclude them and Community as Rebellion (Haymarket, January 2022) a meditation of teaching Ethnic Studies as a woman of color in the academy.

 

Dr. García Peña is the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the recipient of the 2017 Disobedience Award, Ford Foundations Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016), The Johns Hopkins University African Diaspora Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010), the Future of Minority Studies Fellowship (2010), and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2006). García-Peña received a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. in Latin American and Latino Literatures from Rutgers University.

Omaris Zamora (Rutgers University), on "Cigüapa Unbound: Tranceforming AfroLatina Feminist Knowledges"

When Sep 27, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Arturo Arias (UC Merced), on "New Narratives in Indigenous Languages: Creativity and the Struggle Against Racism in Colonialized Spaces"

When Sep 20, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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“Headspace,” by THEA

When Sep 17, 2021
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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CMLIT major Frederick Miller will be playing at 8 pm at the Downtown Theatre on September 17th. The play was written by and stars Freddie and is directed by Sebastian Trainor; it features a score by Leah Mullen, lighting by David Reingold, sound design by Carter Celgin, and dramaturgy by Mary Rose Valentine. 

Here is the Collegian’s coverage of the new play:

 

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/culture_lifestyle/student-written-play-headspace-explores-self-expression-personal-pandemic-journeys/article_313eb8f8-16a3-11ec-8b4a-63a1bed8a5e3.html?fbclid=IwAR0L97a7iE6u0GxsLV21t3jE0pJDxx8x9lYZtnmwTtAC79euHn53krj3oSs

“Headspace,” by THEA

When Sep 16, 2021
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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CMLIT major Frederick Miller will be opening tonight at 8 pm at the Downtown Theatre. The play was written by and stars Freddie and is directed by Sebastian Trainor; it features a score by Leah Mullen, lighting by David Reingold, sound design by Carter Celgin, and dramaturgy by Mary Rose Valentine. 

Here is the Collegian’s coverage of the new play:

 

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/culture_lifestyle/student-written-play-headspace-explores-self-expression-personal-pandemic-journeys/article_313eb8f8-16a3-11ec-8b4a-63a1bed8a5e3.html?fbclid=IwAR0L97a7iE6u0GxsLV21t3jE0pJDxx8x9lYZtnmwTtAC79euHn53krj3oSs

Mich Nyawalo (Xavier University), on "Applying Comparative Methods in the Classroom: Instrumentalizing the Poetics of Assia Djebar’s “The Woman in Pieces” in Experiential Learning Courses"

When Sep 13, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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This presentation examines how comparative methods can be incorporated within experiential learning courses; it accomplishes this by capitalizing on the conceptual frameworks outlined in one of Assia Djebar’s short stories, which takes place in the context of a classroom where students discuss the cultural and political relevance of The One Thousand and One Nights.

Mich Yonah Nyawalo earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in English (with specializations in literature, sociolinguistics and cultural studies) at West University and Gothenburg University (respectively) in Sweden. He completed his second Master’s as well as a Ph.D. in comparative literature with a focus on media and globalization studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is fluent in French, English, Swedish, Swahili and Luo (one of his identities includes being from the Luo ethnic group in Kenya). His research and teaching intersect with fields such as globalization studies, postcolonial studies, transnational feminist and queer studies, media studies, critical pedagogy and service-learning. The years he has spent living and studying in Kenya, Uganda, France, Sweden and the United States have highly defined his academic projects, which appropriate a mixture of critical tools and scholarly texts derived from the fields of African, African Diaspora and African American Studies (Mich was born in Kenya and was raised in different countries throughout his childhood, adolescent years, and as a young adult). His recently published book, Teaching in Times of Crisis: Applying Comparative Literature in the Classroom, explores how comparative methods that are instrumental in reading and teaching works of literature stemming from different regions around the world also provide us with tools to dissect and engage the moments of crises that permeate our contemporary political realities.

Mentoring for the Future

When Jun 03, 2021 08:00 AM to
Jun 04, 2021 05:00 PM
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Liberal Arts Collective Podcast Series - every Thursday

When May 06, 2021
from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, the Liberal Arts Collective at Penn State will be running a “conference-style” podcast series to feature intellectual, activist, artistic, or community work happening around the contemporary crises of race, environment, and pandemic. New episodes are posted weekly on Thursdays. For our full list of episodes, please see the Unraveling the Anthropocene main page. Meet the organizing team here.

You can listen to these episodes on the LAC website, Anchor, or Spotify. Be sure to subscribe on your chosen platform!

Department Awards & Recognition

When Apr 26, 2021
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
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Our annual awards ceremony for all students, staff, alums, and faculty will take place virtually on Monday, April 26, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. 

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvf-mppzwjGtdndGt5_7NnR5EC83iMWIEs

Comparative Literature Club - every Monday

When Apr 26, 2021
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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Christine Okoth (University of Warwick), "Inexhaustibility and the Aesthetics of Reuse"

When Apr 19, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Artist Ibrahim Mahama and his gallery the White Cube

A Workshop on Methods: Basic Tools of Professional Editing

When Apr 15, 2021
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
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In this 90-minute, informal workshop Rebekah will walk us through how she uses professional editing software including PerfectIt and Macros. She may also highlight other materials in the Editor's Toolkit. Back by popular demand, Rebekah is offering this as a follow-up to her March 18 introduction to the world of scholarly editing. You are welcome to attend, whether you were at the first workshop or not! Attendees will have a chance to see how the software works and to ask Rebekah questions about her experiences in scholarly editing.

Sookja Cho (Arizona State), "Tales of the Forgotten: The Story of Premodern Korean Literature and Its Interactions with China"

When Apr 12, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Weihsin Gui (UC Riverside), "Hyphenational Poetics: Omar Musa’s Malaysian Australian Poetry"

When Apr 05, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Comparative Literature Virtual Open House

When Mar 29, 2021
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
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Greetings! In collaboration with the Comparative Literature Club, the PSU Department of Comparative Literature will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Monday, March 29, at 5:30 pm EDT.  All PSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and club members are encouraged to attend.  

We especially welcome undergraduate students who are interested in majoring in Comparative Literature or adding a Minor in World Literature, and/or students interested in joining the Comparative Literature Club. 

The Open House will feature some brief remarks about the department and some introductions to faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate majors and minors, CMLIT club officers, and alumni, as well as information about departmental events. 

LAC Roundtable (Unraveling the Anthropocene) with Laura Anderson Barbata (Independent Artist) and Darren Ranco (University of Maine)

When Mar 29, 2021
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A talk by Ericka Dunbar, "Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of the Book of Esther"

When Mar 22, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
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In this talk, I will chart a sexual trafficking enterprise in the first two chapters of the book of Esther. Sexual exploitation begins in chapter 1, when the king endeavors to subject Vashti to the sexualized gaze of his male guests. It is then intensified in chapter 2 when virgin girls throughout the king’s provinces are gathered and taken to the king’s palace for the purpose of sex. Attention is given to the role of intersectionality in the exploitation of these girls and women. 

 

Dr. Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar lives in Atlanta, GA, and teaches at Payne Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (Old Testament) in May 2020 from Drew University. Her dissertation, entitled “Trafficking Hadassah: An Africana Reading of Collective Trauma, Memory, and Identity in the Book of Esther and the African Diaspora,” is a dialogical cultural study of sexual trafficking in the book of Esther and during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

 

To register: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEod-mgrz4uEtCFDLmMh-q6QIUM-KvAkuIS

 

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Thomas Lamarre (McGill University), "Media Ecology: Television and Animation"

When Mar 22, 2021
from 12:05 PM to 01:30 PM
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Sponsored by the department of Comparative Literature, department of Asian Studies, Center for Humanities and Information, and the Digital Culture and Media Initiative.

A Workshop on Methods - The World of Professional Editing

When Mar 18, 2021
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
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Rebekah Zwanzig is a freelance editor who has a passion for projects in the fields of religion, Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and thought, literature, and peacebuilding. She completed extensive graduate work in philosophy, religion, and comparative literature and used this knowledge to develop her expertise as an academic editor who works on material ranging from medieval Islamic history and philosophy to early modern literary studies and Japanese social and political history. Rebekah has worked on scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and articles for both individual clients and academic presses and journals in the United States and abroad.

 

This 90-minute, informal workshop is an opportunity to speak with her about specific methods, challenges, and approaches to professional work in the field of scholarly editing. She will discuss her experiences getting started in the business, some tips for success, and highlight some of her current projects.

 

Please register in advance.

Tom Chen (Lehigh University), "A Trans-Nationalist Cinema: North Korean Films in Socialist China"

When Mar 15, 2021
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Leo Ching (Duke University), "Towards an Archipelagic East Asia: Taiwan, Jeju, Okinawa and Decontinentalization"

When Mar 01, 2021
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Rose Jolly (Penn State), "BEYOND HUMAN RIGHTS – THE NOVEL AS RIGHT-MAKING ARTEFACT"

When Feb 22, 2021
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Comparative Literature Virtual Open House

When Feb 15, 2021
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We especially welcome undergraduate students who are interested in majoring in Comparative Literature or adding a Minor in World Literature, and/or students interested in joining the Comparative Literature Club. 

The Open House will feature some brief remarks about the department and some introductions to faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate majors and minors, CMLIT club officers, and alumni, as well as information about departmental events. 

Please email odb2@psu.edu for Zoom information.

 

Robin Visser (UNC-Chapel Hill), "Sinophone Anti-Epics of the Anthropocene"

When Feb 15, 2021
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Zelideth Rivas (Marshall College), “Displaced evidence: Archival research and oral history across languages and cultures.”

When Feb 08, 2021
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Leila Pazargadi (Nevada State College), "Autographics & The Archive: Visualizing Memory & Trauma in Southwestern Asian Graphic Memoirs"

When Feb 01, 2021
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Reginald Jackson (University of Michigan), "Showing Up to Withhold: Economies of Enslavement and Spectacular Restraint in Medieval Japanese Performance"

When Jan 25, 2021
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Kevin Platt (University of Pennsylvania), "Cultural Arbitrage in the Era of Thee Worlds: Art and Literature Across Cold War Borders."

When Nov 16, 2020
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