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October 2017

CLGSA Fall Events Announced!

October 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
Comparative Literature Conference Room, 280 Charles E Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association (CLGSA) has just announced its forthcoming schedule. Sketched below, these events can investigated further by contacting the CLGSA directly. We hope to see you all––as often as possible!

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April 2019

Paul Bové: “Language, Criticism, and the Intellectual Virtues”

Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Paul A. Bové (Distinguished Professor, University of Pittsburgh) is the Editor of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture, published by Duke University Press. The journal has published recent special issues on major topics in the academy, including Antinomies of the Post-Secular, Second Hand Europe, as well as a Dossier: Orientalism and the Invention of World Literatures. Forthcoming special issues include studies of Stuart Hall as an exemplary intellectual, “Marxism, Communism, and Translation,” and “New Perspectives on Gender,…

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The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies: Hannah Arendt’s Message of Ill-Tidings

Apr 4 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

‘It was not only their own misfortunes that the refugees carried with them from land to land, from continent to continent,’ Hannah Arendt wrote, ‘but the great misfortune of the whole world.’ Shortly before her death, Arendt said that the real story of her generation of Jewish refugees from Nazism had yet to be fully understood. This lecture will return to Arendt’s refugee years to show how her influential theories about rights, the human condition, and political life were forged…

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February 2019

1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies: The Matter of the Neighbor: Budd Schulberg, James Baldwin, and the Watts Writers Workshop

Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

  This talk explores the Watts Writers Workshop, founded in the heart of Watts by Jewish American writer Budd Schulberg immediately after the Watts Rebellion of 1965, and argues that the success and final demise of the project tracks Schulberg’s shift from prose to property. Drawing on Schulberg’s archives, including lease contracts, letters, and personal notes, I argue that Schulberg’s personal and financial investment in Watts re-located his political standing as the “neighbor” to the Watts writers with whom he…

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January 2019

The Human Chameleon: Hybrid Jews in Cinema

Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

The lecture will explore representations of “chameleon” or hybrid Jewish figures in cinema: Jewish characters that change their appearance, transform their identity, infiltrate other cultures and express their Jewishness by becoming “other-than-Jewish.”  The hybrid Jew will be discussed from the theoretical perspective of postcolonial studies, feminism and queer studies, post-structural French philosophy and traditional Jewish sources. The films that will be discussed are mixtures of Jewish characters and themes with genres that usually do not include Jews (for example the…

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Comparative Literature-Edinburgh: Summer Travel Study Information Session

Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Come learn about the Comparative Literature-Edinburgh program, new for 2019. Each August, Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), founded in 1947 and now the biggest arts celebration in the world. Along with EIF, which showcases classical music, major theater, dance, and cinema in the city’s primary venues, The Fringe is a carnival of inclusion, diversity, and small-scale/amateur arts, offering over 50,000 performances in more than 300 venues across Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festivals (which include an additional 14 festivals…

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December 2018

Job Placement Workshop #2: Supplementary Materials Workshop

December 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
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October 2018

Job Placement Workshop #1: Curriculum Vitae and Letters Workshop

October 24, 2018 @ 3:30 pm 5:00 pm
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September 2018

Welcome Week Open House

September 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature for its annual Welcome Week Open House! Students from all majors are welcome to come learn about UCLA’s exciting Comparative Literature undergraduate program! The Department offers: GE/Writing II courses Major and minor programs Unique research opportunities Meet new and continuing COM LIT students, faculty and department staff. Light refreshments will be served.

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May 2018

Area Impossible: Sexuality and Geopolitics Symposium

May 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am 6:30 pm

Within queer studies, the geopolitical has posed a much-needed challenge to the spatial and temporal logics of the field (logics that often mire the field in the US), especially in the aftermath of the turn to transnationalism. Comparative literature has historically fashioned its domains outside US borders, but despite its range has remained somewhat tied to nationalist coagulations/formations.  This symposium brings together speakers who engage comparative analytical forms towards a more disruptive and capacious queer geopolitics. Program 9:30-10:00am Introductory remarks…

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