Inaugural meeting and workshop of the International Comparative Literature Association’s (ICLA) Research Committee on Literature, Arts, and Media

The ICLA Research Committee on Literature, Arts & Media held its first conference in Tartu, in December 2018.

University of Tartu

President of the Committee is Professor Massimo Fusillo (L’Aquila University) and Vice President Professor Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu). The Committee consists of twelve scholars from various countries – Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Brazil, and the US. Its purpose is studying literature as one medium among other media and arts (painting, music, theatre, film, photography, digital art, etc.) and mapping out the current rapidly changing landscape of interarts and intermedia studies.

The workshop focuses on the most interesting and challenging issues in these fields from the perspective of comparative literary and cultural studies. The questions that the workshop addresses include but are not limited to the following: How do the new technologies and media influence the ways people and cultures perceive and conceptualize art and literature? How has the status and value of a work of art been changing in new art and media ecologies? What are the new forms of remediation and adaptation from one medium to another? What is the retroactive effect of the new forms of art and media on the old forms? How do these new phenomena change the paradigms of interart and intermedia studies? What are most challenging and urgent issues in interart, intermedia and transmedia studies today that a comparative scholar should address? What are the future perspectives?

The workshop is organized by Professor Marina Grishakova (academic coordinator) with Dr. Siim Sorokin and Dr. Remo Gramigna, researchers at the Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu.  

Event Schedule

Literature, Arts, and Media:  Rivalry or Alliance? 

Ülikooli 16-212, Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu  

Thu Dec. 13

9.00 Registration

9.15-9.30 Welcome and greetings (Marina Grishakova, Massimo Fusillo)

Session 1: Moderator Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu) 

9.30-10.10 Jørgen Bruhn (Linnaeus University). Two ways of co-thinking media and literature

10.10-10.50  Christina Ljungberg (University of Zurich). Sensorial effectiveness in multimedia arts and literature

10.50-11.10  Coffee break  

11.10-11.50  Kiene Brillenburg Wurth (University of Utrecht). Book presence   

11.50-12.30  Bart Van Den Bossche (KU Leuven). On the “retroactive” impact of new forms of art and media, in particular with regard to literary history of modernism  

12.30-13.30 Lunch break  

Session 2: Moderator Siim Sorokin (University of Tartu)  

13.30-14.10 Caroline Fischer (Université de Pau). Literary remediation of new media – new wine in old bottles?

14.10-14.50 Yorimitsu Hashimoto (University of Osaka). Representations of torture across media: Oriental, Medieval or Occidental? 

14.50-15.10 Coffee break

 15.10-15.50 Hans-Joachim Backe (IT University of Copenhagen). Mix, hybrid, or cyborg? (Re-) Conceptualizing Comic-Games and Game-Comics 

15.50-16.30 Márcio Seligmann-Silva (State University of Campinas). Are all kinds of art ridiculous now? The new art landscape of the digital era

17.00-18.00 City walk 

Fri Dec.14

9.15 Registration

Session 3: Moderator Remo Gramigna (University of Tartu)

 9.30-10.10 Kai Mikkonen (University of Helsinki). So, what’s the point of hybridity?  

10.10-10.50 Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu).  On a terminological confusion     

10.50-11.20 Coffee break 

11.20-12.00 Massimo Fusillo & Mirko Lino (University of L’Aquila). Intermediality in Digital Media Environment. A Lexicon for the Computerization of Storytelling

12.00-12.40 General discussion

12.40-13.40 Lunch break

13.45-14.45 Committee business meeting  

15.00-17.00 Visit to the National Museum

The event was financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies) and by the research grant PUT1481 (Estonian Research Council).