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Announcement: Summer Academy 2004
From: "Georges Khalil" <gk@wiko-berlin.de>
To: lejlademiri@hotmail.com
Subject: Announcement: Summer Academy 2004
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 16:39:30 0100

Dear colleagues,

below please find an announcement for a Summer
Academy, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin's
Working Group Modernity and Islam is
co-organizing with the Swedish Institute in
Alexandria.
I kindly ask you to spread and forward the
information about the summer academy among
scholars you consider to be a good candidate
as well as to institutions which might host
scholars who are working in the thematic field
of the academy.
We would be especially grateful if you could
also encourage applications by young scholars
from the Middle and Near East.
Yours sincerely,

Georges Khalil

PS Please excuse double postings.


INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY
FOR DOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin's Working
Group Modernity and Islam, in cooperation with
the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, invites
applications for an international Summer
Academy on the theme:

"LITERATURES AND BORDERS - DELIMITATIONS.
TRANSGRESSIONS"

The Summer Academy is scheduled for August 29
-September 8, 2004 at the Swedish Institute
in Alexandria, Egypt and will be chaired by
Dr. Friederike Pannewick (Free University
Berlin). 24 young scholars will be given the
opportunity to present and discuss their current
research, while a group of leading scholars
from the field of Comparative Literature and
Near Eastern Literatures will act as tutors.
The Summer Academy will focus on three issues:
The first focus will be on questions of literary
theory and methodology concerning the concepts
of national literatures and world literature.
The term world literature does not point to a
canon of exemplary works, but rather to a new
prerequisite of literary production in the
context of transnational communication.
This section will have to tackle the paradoxical
phenomenon
that the idea of world literature was developed
in Europe by Goethe at the same time as concepts
of national literature emerged in European
Romanticism. In our reflection on various theories
of world literature, the focus will be on the
simultaneity of drawing and crossing borders.
To what extent can these developments, concepts,
and literary terms also be applied outside their
European place of origin or be reconceptualized
from other perspectives?
The second focus is on literary mobility in space
and language, on issues associated with Diaspora,
exile and minorities, and facets of multilingualism.
Relevant aspects are the hegemonial potential of
language, hybrid forms of language (Kanaksprak,
Franglais, etc.), the homogenization of literary
forms versus the disappearance of certain other
forms, and problems of translation.
The third focus is on the mobility of literary
(and maybe also performative and visual) forms
and genres. During processes of transfer, not
only the receiving culture but also the
transferred aesthetic form itself changes.
Post-colonial theory has made some very
interesting points toward gaining a better
understanding of contemporary non-European
literatures; but the underlying concept of
an exclusive dichotomy of colonial, i.e., European,
powers and colonized cultures runs the risk of
missing the crucial multilateral relationships
between various non-European literatures,
like the Arabic and Latin-American literatures.
And it neglects the colonies' multiple
repercussions on the colonizers.
The Summer Academy will be held within the overall
framework of the project "Cultural Mobility in
Near Eastern Literatures" (supported by the
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research),
which focuses on the diverse processes of transfer,
exchange, and interaction between the literatures
of the Near East and other world literatures.

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION

Participants receive a stipend covering travel and
accommodation expenses. The program addresses
doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in Comparative
Literature, Middle Eastern and other philologies,
and historians, anthropologists, and sociologists
with an interest in literary studies and in opening
up Comparative Studies beyond the limitations of
national or regional perspectives. The researchers'
work should be clearly relevant to the theme(s) of
the summer academy. The working language is English.
The application, consisting of a curriculum vitae,
a five-page outline of the project the applicant
is currently working on, with a brief summary
thereof, and two names of referees (university
faculty members) should be submitted and received,
in English, by April 15, 2004 to:

Working Group Modernity and Islam
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
z. Hd. Georges Khalil
Wallotstraъe 19
14193 Berlin
Germany
Fax: +49 - 30 - 89 00 12 00
Email: khalil@wiko-berlin.de.

The Summer Academy is funded by the
Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

For further information on the Working Group
Modernity and Islam please visit:
http://www.wiko-berlin.de/kolleg/projekte/AKMI?hpl=2
for information on the Swedish Institute in Alexandria:
http://www.swedalex.org.
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