IN TRANS: Reading Between and Beyond

Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center

The students of the

 PH. D. Program in Comparative Literature 


the Italian Specialization

at the CUNY Graduate Center present the annual interdisciplinary conference entitled IN TRANS: Reading Between and Beyond, to be held on November 8 and 9, 2012.

The prefix trans- implies the fundamental patterns that lie at the heart of artistic and other modes of creation and reception. It entails the act of moving simultaneously beyond, between and through the limits of a concept or an idea. From Translation to Transcendence, from Transnationalism to Transsexualism, from Transcription to Transgression, the study of phenomena that occur in between or beyond traditional definitions and principles has captured the attention of the academic world over the past twenty years. Words that begin with the prefix trans- describe cultural and artistic creations that attempt to defy standard notions of identity, authorship, completeness, meaning or interpretation. This conference will explore the study of what lies between and beyond the customary through the use of words that contain the very idea of being “in trans.”

This conference is co-sponsored by:

The Writers’ Institute at the City University of New York Graduate Center, a non-MFA program devoted to bringing together the country’s most talented writers and today’s most celebrated editors;

The Sonia Raiziss GIOP foundation

The Doctoral Students’ Council, the sole policymaking body representing students in doctoral and master’s programs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

For more information please contact:

Conference organizers: Daniela D’Eugenio, Basil Lvov, Santiago Parga-Linares and Luisanna Sardu

The organizing committee would like to thank: Professor André Aciman, Professor Monica Calabritto, Claire Sommers, Jonathan Liebembuk and Jeffrey Twu for their ongoing support in the planning and execution of this conference.