Penn State University



Call For Papers: Comparative Cultural Studies Conference,
Budapest, Hungary, 29-31 August 2018

The comparative studies journals Comparative Literature Studies (Penn State University), Neohelicon (Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary), and Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art (East China Normal University, Shanghai), with support of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, will sponsor an international conference in Budapest, Hungary, from 29-31 August 2018, on the topic of “Comparative Cultural Studies.” Featured speakers are: Astrid Erll (Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany); Sabine Doran (Penn State University, USA); and Yehong Zhang (Tsinghua University, China).

Papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of one or more of these journals devoted to this theme.

The organizers of this conference welcome abstracts in English or French submitted by 31 March. At least three different types of contributions on comparative cultural studies in the form of 20-minute papers in French or English:

  1. Research that actually “does the work” of cross-cultural comparison. Examples include: comparing conceptions of “disability,” “race,” or “gender” as these are conceived within different cultures; glocalizations of transnational media; cross-cultural (mis)understanding.
  2. Theories of culture or critiques of theories of culture (e.g. Adorno, Gramsci, Jameson, Lotman, Macherey) with broad application. Examples include: how do cultures remember – and forget?; “minor” or “small” literature?; can Border Theory be applied to any border?
  3. Reviews of the work done in one or more “studies” sub-fields with potential import for various language areas. Examples: current controversies in translation studies; why study the Global South? Frankfurt School – Third Generation.

We also welcome submissions of entire panels, workshops, or roundtables related to the conference theme.

For further information and to submit, please visit the conference website

Questions? Please contact Thomas Beebee: cl-studies[at]

CLS participates in the CELJ @ MLA Chat with an Editor

Comparative Literature Studies publishes comparative critical essays that range across the rich traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and that examine the literary relations between East and West, North and South. Articles may also explore movements, themes, forms, the history of ideas, relations between authors, the foundations of criticism and theory, and issues of language and translation. Each issue ofCLS also contains numerous book reviews of the most important comparative literature monographs and essay collections.

CLS is an affiliated journal of the American Comparative Literature Association. With the ACLA, it sponsors the annual A. Owen Aldridge Prize for the Best Essay by a Comparative Literature Graduate Student, and subsequently publishes a revised version of the winning essay.

Recent special-issue topics of CLS have included “Poetry Games,” “The Gender and Queer Politics of Translation,” and “Sustaining Ecocriticism: Comparative Perspectives.” One of its issues every two years concerns East-West literary and cultural relations and is edited in conjunction with faculty members of Shanghai Jiaotong University. CLS does not publish notes and encourages submissions between 6,000 and 13,000 words.

CLS is published at The Pennsylvania State University under the auspices of the Department of Comparative Literature. Its ISSN is 0010-4132. Journal contents are indexed in EBSCO Academic Search, Current Abstracts, and Electronic Journals Service; ISI Thomson's Arts and Humanities Citation Index; ISI MLA Periodicals Directory; JournalSeek; OCLC ArticleFirst; and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

CLS is a member of Project Muse, where full-text versions of articles can be found. You can also reach us at the Pennsylvania State University Press.