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In Between Time: Periodization and the Problem of the Contemporary

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 13, 2015. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Board Room
Meeting Description: 
About the speaker:
Katherine Snyder (University of California Berkeley, English)
 
Meeting description:
For this colloquium, participants will read and discuss two articles published in a 2011 issue of New Literary History on "Context": Eric Hayot’s "Against Periodization; or, On Institutional Time" and Jonathan Gil Harris’s "Four Exoskeletons and No Funeral." Each essay addresses the ways that temporal frameworks shape our present and our past--for Hayot, in terms of our understanding and practice of our discipline; for Harris, with respect to our reading of cultural, literary, and theoretical texts. These reflections on periodization can inform our thinking about the contemporary as a category framed by notions of scale, flow, rupture, and (after)lives. Is “the contemporary” a container, or is it itself contained, and if so, by what?

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