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With its first annual conference, “Worlds of Literature — Competing Notions of the Global”, the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2020: “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” turns to the question of how competing notions of the global have affected and continue to affect debates about ‘world literature’ and processes of transnational literary canonisation. The Cluster assumes that literature becomes global through its temporal entanglements. Accordingly, this first annual conference seeks to reflect and expand upon established theories of world literature by investigating spatiotemporal literary networks, their practices of communality, and their interaction with other arts and media. The conference brings together international scholars from a broad range of disciplines to discuss different historical, theoretical, and methodological framings of world literature with special regard to their competing conceptions of cosmopolitanism and globality.

Extending over three days, the conference is organised into daily themes:

  • Day 1 (7 July) focusses on Competing Notions of the Global.
  • Day 2 (8 July) is dedicated to Constructing ‘Worlds of Literature’.
  • Day 3 (9 July) addresses Temporalities and Scales of the Global.

The conference is entirely digital this year. Through this site, participants can access our digital meeting space to participate in live presentation and discussion sessions, view video introductions to our presenters, explore daily themes and programmes, as well as read up on presenter bios and abstracts.


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