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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

February 28, 2019 @ 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

January 29, 2019 @ 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

January 16, 2019 @ 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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Indigenous Knowledge. Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives

May 11, 2018 May 12, 2018

       Important conference news from UCLA Professor of Comparative Literature, Shu-mei Shih (shih@humnet.ucla.edu) RSVP FOR THIS EVENT HERE The UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference Indigenous Knowledge, Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives Friday–Saturday, May 11–12 Royce Hall 314 UCLA This conference aims to engender transnational conversations about indigenous knowledge, with Taiwan as its comparative pivot and relational node. Setting discussions on indigenous knowledge and settler colonialism in Taiwan in dialogue with those in the United States, Okinawa, and the Philippines,…

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Primo Levi Symposium

May 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am

  This half-day symposium brings together an array of international scholars and writers engaged with the history, literature, and impact of Primo Levi, a chemist, writer, and humanist who survived Auschwitz and, through his writing, provided generations of students and scholars with the philosophical language to understand the Shoah—and the modern condition. The symposium celebrates the publication, in 2015, of Levi’s complete works in English (by translator Ann Goldstein, published by W. W. Norton) and probes the literary, philosophical, and…

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April 2018


5th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture

April 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

The 2018 Michael Henry Heim Annual Memorial Lecture in Translation and Translation Studies, entitled “Self-Translation and Its Discontents; Or: The Translational Work Lost in the Theory of Bilingualism”, will be given by Dr. Sigrid Weigel (Professor of German Literature and Director of the Centre for Literature Research in Berlin). Members of the community are welcome to attend.

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