Current and Recent Projects

The ICLS program involves staff from 10 different departments, covering European, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern language-based disciplines, as well as the Department of English in the School of Letters, Art and Media, with expertise in literature, film, theatre, cultural and visual studies, and social sciences.

This makes it an important hub for interdisciplinary research within the School and the Faculty, and the program has hosted a variety of research projects over the years.

Current and Past Projects:

In 2015, ICLS began a collaboration with the project Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures, organized by the Study of Cultural Memory, IMLR, London. The program hosted a talk by Dr. Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol, UK), entitled “Dwelling Memories, Shifting Repertoires: Images of Jewish Homes in Italian Narratives from Libya.” This was followed by a joint discussion with Dr. Lucia Sorbera (Arabic Studies), Dr. Avril Alba (Jewish and Biblical Studies), Dr. Giorgia Alu (Italian Studies) and Dr. Rebecca Suter (current ICLS director and Japanese Studies) about future collaboration with the Transnationalizing Modern Languages project.

In 2014, a collective volume emerged from the experience of co-teaching one of the ICLS units, Watching Stars: Film and the Star System. The volume, titled Stars in World Cinema: Film Icons and Star Systems (I.B. Tauris 2014), was edited by Dr. Michelle Royer and Dr. Andrea Bandhauer, and contained chapters by international film studies and celebrity culture experts as well as five chapters by members of ICLS.

In 2010, ICLS was one of the sponsors of the international conference “Transcultural Mappings: Emerging Issues in Comparative, Transnational and Area Studies,” organized by Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter, another founding member of the program. The conference brought together a large number of international researchers and postgraduate students, discussing how the notions of “transnational” and “transcultural” function as conceptual frameworks that enable us to develop new interdisciplinary (or indeed transdisciplinary) epistemologies of the global, the local, and the “glocal.”

In 2009, for the first time in the history of the International Comparative Literature Association, the 2009 workshop of the Literary Theory Committee was held in Australia, at the University of Sydney from 12 to15 June. The workshop, “The Aestheticisation of Emotion,” was convened by Dr Paolo Bartoloni, one of the founders of the ICLS program, and brought together eight international scholars and nine Sydney University academics from across the Faculty of Arts. The discussion focused on issues ranging from the “globosphere”, emotion and political transformation, to James Bond movies and national desires.