The panel discussion will take place during a three-day concept lab devoted to "Approaches to World Literature." The term "world literature" in this context is not synonymous with a Western literary canon, but rather is a concept that includes African, Arab, South and East Asian, and occidental literatures and their different theorizations. During the panel discussion the topic will be discussed from both a literary studies perspective and from the practical perspective of writers: To what extent do different literary traditions influence text production? How do different writing systems and different literary and religious traditions influence literature? Is it possible to talk about a new "inclusive" canon of world literature?
This is the third concept laboratory to be held at the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität. It is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research with the aim of exploring new research formats.
- Professor Vilashini Cooppan, Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Professor David Damrosch, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
- Dr. Ayman El-Desouky, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
- Durs Grünbein, Poet, translator, and essayist
- Moderation: Professor Joachim Küpper, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
Time and Location
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Room KL 32/123, 14195 Berlin; To sign up, please send an e-mail by June 20, 2012 to: email@example.com.