This year’s UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Conference will explore the many ways in which form colludes and contends with, is created by and creates, power. From epic poetry to the English sonnet to the novel, literary forms have conspired with power to produce political identities and practices of domination. Indeed, one might argue that certain forms were produced by and in the service of power in the first instance. Likewise, writers and artists have mobilized (literary) form as a site for remix and resistance.
This award funds a one-day multi-campus conference initiated by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and faculty from the Departments of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and the School of Law, in collaboration with the Middle East centers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara.