The Department Colloquium, instituted in 2010, is intended as a forum for debating visions and methods of the comparative study of literatures. Autumn and Winter lectures are delivered by comparatists affiliated with the University of Chicago. The outside speaker for the Spring lecture is chosen by graduate students in the Comparative Literature Department.

Spring 2016
Aamir Mufti, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
“Strangers in Europa: Migrants and the Crisis of Unification.”

Didier Coste, Emeritus Professor, Littérature Comparée, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
"Cosmopolitanism, Cross-cultural Negotiation and the Comparatist Mind”

Winter 2015
Na'ama Rokem, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, Comparative Literature Modern Hebrew and German-Jewish literature
"Weltliteratur in Jerusalem: Zionism, Humanism and the Institutions of Comparative Literature"

Richard Jean So, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago
"The Invention of the Global MFA"

Spring 2015
Steven Moore [Independent Scholar]
"Rethinking the History of the Novel"

Winter 2015
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French & Italian, Stanford University
"Our Broad Present": About Origins and Funktion of a Reflection About Time

Leah Feldman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
"Reading on the Threshold: a Russian Prophet in Azeri Translations"

Autumn 2014
Loren Kruger, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Theater & Performance Studies, University of Chicago
"Tedium: On Drag, Attunement, Translation and Theater"

Spring 2014
Karen Newman, Owen Walker Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Brown University
"Putti Galore: 'Eventails de Bosse' and the Judgment of Paris"

Winter 2014
Katherine Hayles, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Duke University
"Comparative Textual Media: Why Media Matters"

Autumn 2013
David Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and  Director, Institute for World Literature, Harvard University
"Grand Theft Ovid: Literary Studies in the Internet Age"

Spring 2013
Emily Apter, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, New York University
"Lexilalia: On Translating a Dictionary of Untranslatable Philosophical Terms." Listen to the lecture HERE

Winter 2013
Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature in the Divinity School and Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
"Translating the Translation of Desires: Eros, Mysticism, and Encounter in Turn of the 6th/12th-century Mecca"

Autumn 2012
Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
"The Novel and Empire in Europe and Asia, c.1850 to 1930"

Spring 2012
Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English, Temple University
“Translation, Intertextuality, Interpretation”

Winter 2012
Na’ama Rokem, Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Chicago
“The Global Networks of German-Jewish Translation: From Heinrich Heine to Hannah Arendt”

Autumn 2011
Lina Steiner, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
“Divine Encounters, William James as a Reader of Tolstoy”

Spring 2011
Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
“Rhythm and the Theory of the Lyric”

Winter 2011
Rocco Rubini, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
“Humanism before Cartesianism (after Heidegger): Comparative Literature and the Renaissance”

Autumn 2010
Jas’ Elsner, Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow Classical Art at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago
"Picturesque and Sublime: Impacts of Pausanias in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain"