Call for Papers:


March 9-10, 2020


Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Horea str. 31

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London

Brigitte Le Juez, Dublin City University

Marko Juvan, University of Ljubljana

Andrei Terian, University „Lucian Blaga”, Sibiu

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Didier Coste, University of Bordeaux

Peter Arnds, Trinity College Dublin


Our conference, an event of the Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory ( invites different reflections on the relationship between theory and context, on concept transfer from one environment to the other, on the mapping of World Theory at certain points in time, on theoryʼs embededness in local cultures (either as “location”, or as “untranslatability”) or, quite the contrary, on its cross-cultural potential. Not least of all, our aim is to provide the necessary framework for addressing the hegemonic relationships between cultures in terms of theory production and to explore cultural strategies in which these “world literary knowledges” can effectively extend their territory outside Western borders.

A selection of the presented papers will be published in our journal, presently indexed WOS, Erih+, and others, see here. The publication of an edited volume on the topic will also be discussed at the conference.

We invite papers on the following non-exclusive topics:

  • constructing and deconstructing theory
  • world literature and literary theory
  • inscribing and circumscribing literary knowledge
  • traveling concepts and theories
  • metanarratives of canonization
  • location and circulation of theory
  • mapping world theory
  • cultural embeddedness and cosmopolitanism
  • cross-cultural transfers of theory

Please see the detailed CFP here, and to submit please follow the guidelines.

Registration and fees are detailed here.

Download our CFP as pdf here.

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