The National Humanities Center has just announced plans for a very interesting event in March, which I wish I could attend:
“The State and Stakes of Literary Study”
A conference set for March 19-20, 2010
Here is the Center’s description of the event:
With appearances from some of the leading figures in literary study, this March the National Humanities Center will convene a gathering to discuss how changes in literary study continue to shape the discipline, effecting both its status and its perceived purpose, in the university and beyond.
The conference will address a variety of questions surrounding changes in the profession, including those in response to changing priorities at the university level, the impact of new technology on the literary artifact and on reading habits, the forces of globalization, and the continuing effects of theoretical and cultural revolutions that have shaken the traditional rationales for literary study.
Speakers at the conference will include a number of past participants in the Center’s Summer Institutes in Literary Study (SILS) program that have brought together junior literary studies faculty from across the United States to explore specific texts with some of the leading literary scholars in the world. Past SILS seminar leaders scheduled to speak at the conference include: Richard Brodhead, president, Duke University; Sharon Cameron, Johns Hopkins University; Jonathan Culler, Cornell University; Frances Ferguson, Johns Hopkins University; Kate Flint, Rutgers University; Catherine Gallagher, University of California, Berkeley; Marjorie Garber, Harvard University; Seth Lerer, Stanford University; Deidre Lynch, University of Toronto; Toril Moi, Duke University, Patricia Spacks, University of Virginia; and Michael Wood, Princeton University.