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Translation 2009-2010

Welcome to "A Year of Translation"

The Department of Comparative Literature has designated 2009-2010 as our "Year of Translation." This initiative is supported by the College of Literature, Sciences and Arts at the University of Michigan, and is part of ongoing national efforts to examine the role of translation in this increasingly globalized world.

We are reaching out to units across campus to arrange interdisciplinary opportunities for members of the university community to become engaged with the wide range of issues around translation.

Please check calendar for upcoming events.

Translation Lunch series will be held:

Comparative Literature Department Library
2015 Tisch Hall
These events are generally held on Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.*

A light lunch will be provided.


*Please continue to check back with us, as we will be posting a guest/dates list soon.


April 17-18, 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm
Hussey Room, Michigan League University of Michigan

Featuring conversations among twelve leading scholars of early modern Asia, Europe, and South America, this interdisciplinary conference will showcase novel comparative perspectives in the fields of literary, social, art, and economic history and re-examine the theoretical and methodological premises of comparative historical studies.

Gregory Blue (University of Victoria) "The Rise and Fall of Enlightenment Sinophilia: Did Political Economy Lead the Way?"

Claudia Brosseder (University of Heidelberg) "Magic in Comparative Perspective: Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America"

Katherine Carlitz (University of Pittsburgh) "Pornography, Chastity, and 'Early Modernity' in China, England, and France"

Luke Clossey (Simon Fraser University) "Did Aurangzeb Write Tom Jones? Eurocentrism and Writing the Early Modern World"

Walter Cohen (Cornell University) "Out of India: Global Early Modernity"

Jack Goldstone
(George Mason University) "Cultural Trajectories: The Power of the Traditional within the Early Modern"

Su Fang Ng (University of Oklahoma) "Dutch Wars, Global Trade, and the Heroic Poem: Dryden's Annus Mirabilis (1666) and Amin's Syair Perang Mengkasar (1670)"

Kenneth Pomeranz (UC Irvine) "Areas, Networks, and the Search for 'Early Modern' East Asia"
Ayesha Ramachandran (SUNY Stony Brook) "A War of Worlds: Becoming 'Early Modern' and the Challenge of Comparison"

Richard Vinograd (Stanford University) "Accommodating Incompatibilities in Early Visual Modernity"

Ann Waltner
(University of Minnesota) "Comparing Family Histories in the Early Modern Period: The View from China"

R. Bin Wong
(UC Los Angeles) "Did China's Late Empire have an Early Modern Era?"

The closest airport to Ann Arbor, is the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Please allow 40 minutes commuting between the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Ann Arbor.

Below is a list of local ground transportation companies. We do not support any specific transportation company.
Metro Cars (734) 946-5700
Checker Sedan (877)553-6761
Airport Super Shuttle (734) 507-9220
1 Airport Ride (734) 787-9082
Amazing Blue Taxi (734) 846-0007

A block of rooms have been reserved at:
Courtyard by Marriott - Ann Arbor 3205 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Phone (734) 995-5900 Fax (734)995-2937 Rooms are held until March 17th at a special price of $82/night.

For more information or to register for the conference, please e-mail:

This conference is sponsored by the Global Ethnic Literature Seminar and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.