2018 Vacation School

“What Next for World-Literature?”

Vacation School | 12-14 September 2018 | University of Warwick

Deadline for Registrations: 31 August 2018

This vacation school builds on the earlier event on world literature organized by members of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, in conjunction with the Connecting Cultures GRP, at the University of Warwick in 2014. The revisionist theories of world literature showcased at that event have since moved into the academic mainstream. What is required now are methodological protocols and issue-specific frameworks within which the research and teaching of what is a vast subject area – world-literature – can be organized. The vacation school aims to explore a series of different rubrics or research clusters through which world-literary study might be approached. These are:

  • Ecology and commodity frontiers
  • Work
  • Social reproduction
  • Borders and migration
  • Race, sexuality, gender

Through a series of keynote talks and workshops, the school will interrogate the different pathways enabled by these rubrics for new kinds of thinking about world-literature and new approaches to pedagogy. It will bring into dialogue the fields of world and comparative literature, the environmental humanities, feminist theory, and postcolonial studies. Bringing together senior scholars, early career researchers, and postgraduate students, the school will train scholars in how to construct new and challenging syllabi in world-literature. Issues such as teaching in translation, ‘close’ versus ‘distant’ reading, the politics of peripheral literary fields, and the extension of world-literary methodologies to other cultural forms will also be explored during the event.

Proposed Workshop titles:

  • Keywords in World-Literature
  • World-Literature and Postcoloniality
  • Social Reproduction Theory and World-Literature
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality: Boundary Struggles in World-Literature
  • Energy, Ecology, and the World-Literary System
  • Borders, Migration, and the World-Literary System
  • The Labours of World-Literature: Work and the World-System
  • Translatability and World-Literature
  • Constructing the Syllabus: World-Literature and Pedagogy
  • Publishing and Impact


Registrations to join the event can be done via our application form. Please note there will be a small fee of £10 per day to be paid onsite. If you are unwaged or have difficulty paying please state so at the relevant field of the application form.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Warwick, we can offer free accommodation to a limited number of attendees. To express interest in this opportunity, please fill in the relevant section of the application form.