INTERZONES - Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones

The purpose of INTERZONES is to prepare gifted doctoral students to become the "global academics" whichtop universities seek out in the fields of European comparative literatures and cultural studies, or high-flyingconsultants in private business sectors interested in global cultural phenomena.

By investigating culture with innovative and transcultural methods, global professors are no longer ‘outside’ the socio-economic world, but participants in a social texture that includes complexity. At Kalin’s, for instance, a tavern where a yellow line is painted on the floor to delineate the frontier between Slovenia andCroatia, how does Europe exist? Kalin is also part of a bigger venue, full of life, both a cultural space and aninterzone. 

Whether imperialist, colonialist or, on the contrary, shrivelling as a result of its morbid fascination with the Void, Europe is often defined only in terms of its limits and contours. The conceptual tools (such as identity, otherness, difference, colonization, entropy, etc.) with which artistic and literary productions are analyzedhave tended to reproduce, or even to produce, a pre-existing idea of what it might mean to have (or not have) a nation, an ethnicity, a personality, a “Europe”. The failure to nourish and galvanize what could havebeen a renewal of the Republic of Letters may stem from a simple fact: such tools have simply becomeobsolete. Cultural studies can be a vital and elegant means not only of conceptualizing communicationbeyond the automatisms of common conceptualizations, but also as a means to ask HOW communication within and beyond various entities such as personality, ethnicity, and nation… can be renewed and reinvented. 

The languages of tuition are French and English. A minimum of 3 European languages is required from the candidates to make them truly competitive in the field of comparative literature and visual culture. Languagefacilities will be made available to students in each university, at no extra cost. 

Student mobility during the 6 consecutive semesters will include 3 or 4 universities, whereby Europeanstudents will study in AT LEAST one non-European institution. 
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