Announcing the XXIV AILC-ICLA Triennial International Congress: “Comparative Literature and Technology”

The XXIV AILC-ICLA Triennial International Congress“Comparative Literature and Technology” will take place at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, 28 July -1 August 2025.

A preliminary version of the Congress website is now open at https://icla2025-seoul.kr/, with essential information and key dates. 

The full version, with active submission links, will be launched by 31 July 2024 in French, English, and Korean.

In the meantime, here’s an outline of key information, deadlines and themes – start planning your papers and group sessions!

Deadlines for proposals:

  • Group proposal submission due by: 30 September 2024
    (Acceptance
     of group sessions will be announced by 15 October 2024)
  • Individual proposal submission (for congress sessions and open group sessions) 
    starts: 16 October 2024, ends: 15 December 2024
    (Acceptance
     of Individual proposal announced by: 30 January 2025)

Registration deadlines and costs

  • Registration opens on 1 February 2025
  • Early bird: 1 February 1 – 30 Mar 2025
  • Regular: 31 Mar – 30 May 2025
  • Late: after 30 May up to the date of the congress (28 Jul-1 Aug 2025)
 Early Registration(1 Feb – 30 Mar 2025)Regular Registration(31 Mar – 30 May2025)Late RegistrationAfter 30 May 
Regular Registration125$/160,000KRW155$/200,000KRW230$/300,000KRW
Student Registration*62$/80,000KRW77$/100,000KRW93$/120,000KRW
Accompanying Person85$/110,000KRW85$/110,000KRW85$/110,000KRW

Registration Fees include: 

  • Participation in the Congress
  • Coffee breaks and snacks during the sessions
  • Welcome reception on July 28, 2025.
  • Abstracts, Program and all the necessary name badge, conference  
       bag, water, and access to wifi during the conference.

Note:

  • All speakers must be AILC-ICLA members.
  • All registration fees are payable in Korean Won (KW) and US$.
  • All registration fees can be paid by credit cards.
  • *Students should provide a copy of student ID or any similar official certificate.

Congress Theme: “Comparative Literature and Technology”

Sub-Themes:

  1. Crossing the Borders
  2. Narration in Context
  3. Convergence of Literature and Technology
  4. Translation as Hospitality
  5. Korean Literature and Culture in Comparative Context/Literatures and Literary Cultures of Buddhism

1) Crossing the Borders 

  • “East Meets West: Border-Crossings of Language, Literature, and Culture” 
  • “North-South Divide: The Interface of Literature and Economy” 
  • “Comparative Literature and Transnationalism: Ethnicity in Multiculturalism, Transnationalism, and Glocalism” 
  • “Comparative Literature and World Literature: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism” 
  • “Transnational Literature in Global South and Global North” 
  • “Minor Literatures in Global Context” 
  • “Rewriting Cultural History after Colonialism” 

2) Narration in Context 

  • “Histories of the Novel/romance/soseol/xiaoshuo/shosetsu/etc… Beyond Europe”
  •  “Dialects, Non-National Languages, and Literary Expression” 
  • “Commentary as Creativity” 
  • “Literary Inquisitions and the Life of Reputations” 
  • “Aesthetics, Politics, and Ethics of Translation” 
  • “Expanded Literatures” 
  • “Literatures and Ancestry”
  • “Ecocriticism and the Challenges of Our Age”

3) Convergence of Literature and Technology 

  • “Comparative Literature and Technology: Convergence of Comparative Literature, Transmediality, and Digital Humanities” 
  • “Artificial Intelligence, Posthumanism/Transhumanism, and Literary Discourse” 
  • “The Anthropocene, Technology and the Making of Literary Worlds” 
  • “Image, Sound, and Text in Digital Media: Intermedia, Transmedia, and World Literature” 
  • “From Clay Tablets to Digital Tablets: Technologies of Textual Production”
  • “From Recording Technologies to Technologies of Production”
  • “Ethics of Literature and Criticism in the Age of Chat GPT” 
  • “Historical Times of Technological Changes: invention of writing, development of paper production, invention of printing press, effects of the invention & mass-diffusion of radio, cinema (silent and then spoken films), tv, etc.”
  • “The Human Body and its Extensions, from the Neolithic to the Anthropocene”
  • “Communication Theory Since Social Media”
  • “Intermedia, Transmedia, and Digital World Literature”
  • “Pre-and Post-digital Comparative Practices of Trolling and Belief Production”  
  • “Artificial Intelligence in tandem with Digital Humanities”
  • “The Digital Literature/Humanities Spaces: Infrastructures and Research”
  • “Technologies in the literary imagination: history, genres, theories (from pre-industrial to post-industrial societies)”
  • “Communication technologies and the circulation of literatures”
  • “Writing literature and Kittler’s Aufschreibensysteme [Discourse Networks]: from handwriting to algorithms”
  • “Technology as a factor of uneven development in the literary world-system”
  • “Comparative literature in the age of citation indexes”
  • “Archives & digitalization: possibilities and limitations”
  • “The transformation of the book and reading in the post-digital age; born-digital literature”
  • “GIS, data visualization, and comparative literature“
  • “Machine translation, AI, language models and comparative literature“

4) Translation as Hospitality 

  • “Translation and World Literature”
  • “Translation, Gender, and Performance”
  • “Translation, Ecology, and Narrating Rights”
  • “Translating Human, Nonhuman, and Inhuman Demands” 
  • “Translating the Other: In Other Words in Other Worlds”
  • “Translation and Migration”
  • “Translation Justice in the Digital Era” 
  • “Translation Futures”
  • “Translation and Translanguaging”
  • “Translating Self”
  • “New and Old forms of (Self-)censorship”
  • “Poetics of Cultural Translation” 

5) Korean literature and Culture/Buddhist literature:

  • “Korean Literature and Culture in a Comparative Context”
  • “Buddhist literature and literary culture”
  • “Korean literature, world literature, and Technology”
  • “War Represented in Korean, East Asian, and world literature”
  • “Globalization of Korean Literature and Buddhist Ecological Imagination”
  • “Ethics of life sciences and East Asian Buddhist literature”
  • “Multilingualism in Korean comparative literature”

NB: It is also possible to propose additional topics for group sessions.

There will be also a range of Special Sessions on

4) “Distant reading techniques and computational literary studies”

Full information on the Congress, paper and group session submission links, registration links and more will be available on the Congress website at:  https://icla2025-seoul.kr/ from 31 July 2024.