Previous Events Sponsored by the Program

Fall 2023


Lecture & Workshop by Dr. Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, University of Oregon
The Comparative Literature Program presents a lecture by Dr. Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. Lecture title: "The Politics of Affect and its Sticky Objects in Louis Malle's Au revoir les enfants (France, 1987) and Andres Wood's Machuca (Chile 2004)".

October 26. Online, 12:00-1:20 p.m.

Zoom ID: 494 639 4679

Passcode: 5758

Workshop title: "Academic Publishing in Comparative Literature".

Film Screening: "Machuca", by Andrés Wood

The Comparative Literature Graduate Association presents Andrés Wood's Machuca (Chile 2004)

Andrés Wood's "Machuca" presents a powerful coming-of-age story inspired by the childhood memories of Andrés Wood. Set in Chile at the time of the military coup that overthrew Chile’s popularly elected democratic socialist president, Salvador Allende, and imposed Augusto Pinochet’s long-lasting dictatorship, the movie centers on social scission, traumatic memory, and friendship. The film stars Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna and Aline Küppenheim. One hour and twenty minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Comparative Literature Graduate Students will lead a discussion after the movie.

Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 p.m., Lockett Hall 15.

Spring 2023


Lecture by Comparative Literature Professor and Carnegie Fellow Dr. Andrew Sluyter
Lecture title: "The Iconography of Death in the Logbooks of the Dutch Atlantic Slave Trade of the Eighteenth Century".

February 23. Dean's Office, Hodges 155, 12-1 PM. Learn more about Dr. Sluyter's lecture.


7th Annual Languages & Literatures Conference
Organized by the Comparative Literature and French Studies programs' respective graduate associations.

March 9-11. Online. Learn more about the Language & Literatures conference.

Spanish Film Festival
Organized by the Comparative Literature Graduate Association.

March 9-11. Online. Learn more about the Spanish Film Festival.


Lecture by Comparative Literature Graduate Student Negar Basiri
Lecture title: "Anonymity as the Immemorial Exile: A Shared Space in Iranian, French, and American Texts".

April 13. Dean's Office, Hodges 155, 12:30-1:30 PM.

October 18

LSU Comparative Literature 2022-2023 Invited Lecture Series Proudly Presents:

Borderline Stories: Migrants at the Limits of History

with Dr. William Boelhower of Ca'Foscari University, Venice

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Place: 216 Prescott Hall

Refreshments will be Served

September 29

Teaching World Literature

A Workshop with Alexader Schmidt and Meghan Hodges

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 811 434 9610

Time: 9:30 AM Sep. 29th, 2022

April 14

Olivia Moy speaker for CPLT

Invitation: Please join us next Thursday, April 14, for two exciting presentations

Speaker: Professor Olivia Loksing Moy (Associate Professor at City University of New York, Lehman College): 

Seminar: 1:30-2:45, Allen 202: "The Cortázar Continuum: Translation from Rabassa to Blackburn"This discussion on the role of the literary translator is designed especially for graduate students and for those with an interest in translation studies. 

Lecture: 3:30-4:45, Allen 102: "Keats’ Chameleon, Cortázar’s Axolotl: Vida y Cartas de John Keats" 
This talk will treat the Argentinian author Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), a perspicacious reader and avid lover of all things Keats. She will set Cortázar's translations in the context of Keats's Hispanophone reception and the surprising afterlife of his poetry preceding the Latin American Boom. 

Contact Information:

April 7-8, 2022 

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On Space and Place: 6th Annual Virtual Conference

Organized by: The Comparative Literature Program and French Studies Graduate Student Associations

Funded by: LSU's Programming, Support, & Initiatives Fund

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Imane Terhmina

Guest Speakers: Dr Greg Stone, Dr. Sharon Weltman, and Dr. Alan Sikes

Time: Apr. 7,-9:00 AM - 4:10 

Apr. 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Venue: Apr. 7 ZOOM link:

Apr. 8 ZOOM link:

February 14, 2022

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Lecture: Stories of Our Lives: Material Culture, Memory, and Narrative on the Bóveda

Speaker: Dr. Solimar Otero

Time: Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Place: Design Building 103

Sponsored by: CPLT, English WGS, Anthropology, Philosophy & Religious Studies; World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Linguistics; and the College of HSS

October 28, 2021

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Lecture: Reimagining Gender

in 21st Century Latin American Cinema

 Speaker: Dr. Moira Fradinger

Time: Oct. 28, 4:30 - 6:00 PM on Zoom

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Organized by: Dr. Laura Martins

September 20th, 2021

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Notes on the Profession:
How to Identify, Apply for, and Win Fellowships

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Kahan

Time: Monday, Sept. 14, 1:30 to 3:00 on Zoom

April 14th, 2021

Flyer for CPLT Talk Apr 14 2021

After Modernism: Women, Gender, Race

Presented by: College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Comparative Literature Program, Dept. of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Guest Speaker: Dr. Pelagia Goulimari

Time: Apr. 14, 4:30 PM via ZOOM

Meeting Id: 494 639 4679

Passcode: 5758

March 4-6, 2021

Flyer for Spring 2021 Conference

How Bodies Matter: 5th Annual Virtual Conference

Presented by: The Comparative Literature Program and French Studies Graduate Student Associations

Guest Speakers: Dr Sayak Valencia and Dr. Antje Ziethen

Time: March 4-6 Venue: ZOOM

Call for Papers!

Upcoming Conference Call for Papers

*Abstracts Should be 250 words in length

*Please include a short biographical note, including University affiliation and area of study

*Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length

*UPDATED Deadline: January 31, 2021

February 10, 2021

Flyer for CPLT alumni workshop



Dr. Eustis Richmond and Dr. Alexandra Reuber

Time: 5:45 PM via ZOOM


October 28, 2020

Teaching World Literature Flyer

Teaching World Literature: A Workshop

Jing Tan and Ikea Johnson

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: ZOOM

October 12, 2020

CPLT Fall 2021 Event Flyer

“The Reclining Woman in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s Un viaje de novios [The Wedding Trip]”

Dr. James Mandrell

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Venue: ZOOM

October 8, 2020

CPLT Oct 8th Workshop Flyer

World Literature Teaching Workshop

Dr. John Pizer

TIme: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: ZOOM

September 30, 2020

CPLT Fall 2021 Flyer for Event

“The Birth of Spanish in 3D: A Search for Its Origins” lecture “A Holy Ghost: King Alfonso X of Castile (d. 1284) and the Anxiety of Sonship”

Dr. Ryan Szpiech

TIme: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Venue: ZOOM

Spring 2019

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"Shakespeare's Strange Fruit: Race, Complicity, and Illegitimacy"

Dr. Ruben Espinosa,
Associate Professor of English from the University of Texas at El Paso
Date: December 3, 3019 
Venue: Lockett Hall 16 
Time: 3:00-4:15 p.m.

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Brazil and Portugal
Reading and Discussion
Date: April 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue Art & Design

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The Comparative Literature Graduate Association Presents with the support of the LSU Department of French Studies: The 3rd Annual Languages and Literatures Conference

March 29-30, 2019
Keynote Address by Françoise Lionnet
Harvard University
March 30, 2019
5:00 p.m.
LSU Women's Center

 mark wagner Louisiana Slave Conspiracies: A Digital Project
Dr. Bryan Wagner
University of California, Berkeley
Date: March 26, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Allen 113

Fall 2018

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Archives of Conjure: Residual Transcriptions

Dr. Solimar Otero, Associate Professor, English; LSU
Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: 113 Allen

event posterTeaching World Literature Workshop

Dr. Adelaide Russo;
Date: November 19, 2018
Time: 12 Noon
Venue: 202 Allen

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Comparative Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Writing Program, and Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Present: On Multimodality

Brown Bag Workshop: Multimodal Composing
Jonathan Alexander,
Chancellor’s Professor of English, Informatics, Gender and Sexuality Studies
University of California, Irvine
Date: September 14, 2018
Time: 12 Noon-1:30 pm
Venue: LSU Library 241A

In this workshop discussion, Jonathan Alexander describes why inviting students to compose multimodal projects offer them an opportunity to think creatively, rhetorically, and critical.

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Burning Time: Memory and Queer Imagination

Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, Informatics, Gender and Sexuality Studies
University of California, Irvine.
Date: September 13, 2018
Time: 3-4:30 pm
Venue: 234 Prescott 

This multimedia presentation describes a hybrid poetry and art project,  entitled ‘Burning Time’, in which Jonathan Alexander reflects queer work of imagining memories as a form of restorative history making for queer subjects.

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Fall 2018 Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Lecture Series: Film Screening:  Amigo Skate, Cuba (2018)

* Winner 2018 Miami Film Festival Knight Documentary Achievement Award*
Q&A by James Wilkey
PhD Candidate, History, LSU
Date: August 24, 2018
Time: 2-4:30 pm,
Venue: 234 Prescott

event poster, details belowWorkshop on Teaching World Literature

Dr. John Pizer, Foreign Languages
Emily O’Dell, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature
Ben Howland, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature
Date: September7, 2018
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Venue: 234 Prescott

Spring 2018

event poster, details below2nd Annual Literature and Languages Conference

Call for Papers:
“Time, Consciousness, and Exile”
March 9-10, 2018
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Campus

event poster, details belowBrujx-ing Donald Trump
Afro-Latinx Ritual Activism in Contemporary Politics

Professor Aisha Boliso-De Jesús, Harvard University
Date: March 7, 2018
The French House, Strawberry Salon

The election od Donald Trump to the US presidency has thrown into relief how racism, sexism, and patriarchy continued to be intimately entwined with contemporary politics. For those who practice African diasporic religions, “witchcraft” or brujería has historically been a strategy to reveal types of oppression. This talk examines the collective political strategy of brujx-ing against Donald Trump, tracing how African diasporic practitioners are deploying ritual hexes, offerings, prayers, rites, and other collective works to thwart Trump’s social objectives.

Event co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Science, the Ogden Honors college, Comparative Literature, Geography and Anthropology, English, and African and African American studies.

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“Creative Control: Navigating Foreign Presence in Contemporary Dominican and Cuban Narrative Film.”

Dr. Andrea Morris, Foreign Languages, LSU
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 12 Noon
Venue: 138 Prescott 

During the 2000s, Dominican writer Aurora Arias, Cuban Alberto Guerra Naranjo and Mylene Fermández Pintado and Cuban director Daniel Diaz Torres have explored the effects of increasing international travel to their home countries, dealing with sex and tourism, but also travel by foreign academicians and artists. Through the perspective of characters who are local and foreign travel writers, filmmakers, and scholars, these works highlight the ethics and politics of mobility, existing in transnational encounters, and the ramifications for the creative process and careers of Caribbean artists and intellectuals.

Fall 2017

event poster, details belowThe LSU Programs in Comparative Literature and Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Present:
“Homer’s Odyssey and Caribbean Epic: Questions of Origin and Cultures of Mingling”

Dr. Michelle Zerba, Department of English
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Venue: 234 Prescott


event posterThe LSU Programs in Comparative Literature and Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Present:
Transnational Graduate Research from LSU
“Islands, Place, and International Relations”

Rosa Lazarao , Department of History
Pedro Ramos, Department of History
Maria Anna Zazzarino, Program in Comparative Literature
Date: October 13, 2017
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Venue: 234 Prescott

LSU PhD Graduate students will share their findings from research done abroad during the summer 2017. This roundtable will discuss transnational connections in history, politics, and literature.

Refreshments will be served.

event poster, details belowFall 2017 Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Lecture Series: “Where’s Our Heritage? Ancestor and Protests at Jazz Fest”

Dr. Helen Regis, Geography and Anthropology
Date: September 6, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: 234 Prescott

Dr. Helen Regis received her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University, a Master of Arts and PhD from Tulane University. She is currently an associate professor of Anthropology at Louisiana State University. Regis’ interests include Cultural Anthropology, Blackness, Performance, Urban Spaces: Anthropology of Cities; Africa and African Diaspora: New Orleans, Benin, Cuba, and Cameron.


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