About the event

“Abiding cities” refers to the traces that remain not only physically but also in our imagination, especially when sites undergo transformation and disruption. Throughout history, geographic and metaphorical places have been a source of inspiration as well as lasting products of the artistic process. Join us to explore the various definitions and facets of the idea of “abiding cities,” from the ancient Greek notion of polis, to the postmodern representation of urban spaces, to the city seen as a mental space. Participants from a variety of disciplines will examine the subject as it pertains to such diverse fields as literature, literary theory, art history, philosophy, psychology, gender studies, political science, and film.

The keynote speakers for this conference will be Elaine Scarry (Harvard University) and Rosanna Warren (University of Chicago).

Please note that the keynote address for Elaine Scarry on Thursday, November 13, 2014 will take place in Rooms C204/205 from 6-7:30pm and the keynote address for Rosanna Warren on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10-11:30am will be in the Skylight Room (9th floor, rm 9100).

Prof. André Aciman's closing remarks will be in room 9205 on Friday, November 14, from 6-7pm.

For more details and a full conference program, visit the conference website here.

Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Comparative Literature; The Italian Specialization Program; The Provost’s Office; The Writers’ Institute; and the Doctoral Students' Council.