April 15-16, 2021



Confirmed keynote speakers:

Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University

Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Aarhus University


The aim of our conference is to signal the insufficient interrogation of the temporal premises in literary studies and to invite reflections on the ideological presuppositions of the temporal concepts embedded in the vocabulary of theory. Our call for papers openly pleads for a reframing of the material employed in literary studies in order to question the „mechanical clock” that standardized approaches to cultures. It also calls for an elaboration of theories or concepts encompassing diverse and heterogeneous experiences of time.

Perspectives on the outlined topic may include, but are not limited to:

  • Concepts and preconceptions of time in literary studies
  • The meaning of synchronicity, modernity, development, progress in culture
  • The politics of Eurochronology
  • Multiple, disjunctive, incommensurable experiences of time
  • Alternative time units of analysis: longue durée, deep time, structural time, planetary time
  • The Schizophrenic, fragmented, compressed time of postmodernity/ virtual reality/ late capitalism


Please submit your paper proposal to metacriticjournal@gmail.com including: your name and affiliation, a paper title, a 150 words proposal with 5 key words, and a 100 words bio-note.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2021

Acceptance Notice: March 22, 2021

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