ICSLAC Talks is an intellectual forum which brings together faculty and students from across campus with high-level visitors to work collaboratively on ideas that matter in Cultural Theory, Memory Studies, Indigenous Studies, Digital Culture, Museum Studies, Gender and Sexuality studies, and Transnational Studies. Past speakers have included Shu-mei Shih, Françoise Lionnet, Terry Smith, Kobena Mercer, Jolene Rickard, and Homi Bhabha.

The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) at Carleton University is delighted to announce that the 2019-20 ICSLAC Talks lecture will be delivered by renown world literature scholar Susan Stanford Friedman, Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Entitled “Contemporaneity, Comparison, and the New Time Studies”, Professor Friedman’s lecture will examine why studies of contemporary art and literature often take for granted a linear periodization of history. By reviewing defenses of and challenges to periodization and by offering alternatives to temporal linearity, Professor Friedman will propose transhistorical and transnational approaches, which promote a wider archive and a more complex notion of contemporaneity. A workshop with Professor Friedman on the topic of “Temporalities of the Contemporary” will be held the following day. This event is made possible by the generous contribution of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University, in collaboration with Professors Birgit Hopfener’s and Mitchell Frank’s On Comparison lecture series.

ICSLAC talks Lecture: “Contemporaneity, Comparison, and the New Time Studies”

Professor Susan Stanford Friedman, Hilldale Professor and Virginia Woolf Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday March 5, 2020, 6:00 pm, public event
Dunton Tower, Room 2017, Carleton University
Public event, all welcome


“Temporalities of the Contemporary”
with Professor Susan Stanford Friedman

Friday, March 6, 2:30 pm -5:30 pm,
Room 415, St. Patrick’s Building
Limited Capacity: RVSP to Dawn.Schmidt@carleton.ca by March 5, 2020.

For further information on the lecture: “Contemporaneity, Comparison, and the New Time Studies”

Past Talks