Plenary Speakers

  • Ipshita Chanda, EFLU of Hyderabad, India
  • Massimo Fusillo, University of L’Aquila, Italy
  • Paulo Lemos Horta, New York University Abu Dhabi, USA
  • Youngmin Kim, Dongguk University, Korea/Hangzhou Normal University, China
  • Svend Erik Larsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Sebastian Hsien-hao Liao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Ning Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Haun Saussy, University of Chicago, USA
  • Cao Shunqing, Sichuan University, China
  • Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Anne Tomiche, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Vladimir Biti, University of Vienna, Austria

Plenary Speech

Plenary Speech I:

Ipshita Chanda, EFLU of Hyderabad, India


Ipshita Chanda is a professor at the Department of Comparative Literature at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She has been ICCR Visiting Professor of Indian Culture, Georgetown University (2013–14). A member of the faculty team in the International Faculty Exchange Programme of the Virginia Council for International Education and the Virginia Community College System (2008–09), she has written extensively in books and journals including the edited volume Shaping the Discourse: Women's Writings in Bengali Periodicals, 1865–1947 (2014) and Packaging Freedom: Feminism and Popular Culture (2003). She is the author of Selfing the City: Single Women Migrants and Their Lives in Kolkata (2017).

Plenary Speech II:

Massimo Fusillo, University of L’Aquila, Italy


Massimo Fusillo is Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of L’Aquila (Italy), where he is Coordinator of the PhD Program on Literatures Arts Media: The Transcodification, and President of the Centre of Research on Transcodification. He is also Chair of the Research Committee on Literatures Arts Media (CLAM) and member of the Research Committee on Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (CHLEL) of the International Association of Comparative Literature (ICLA); and member of the Academia Europaea. Among his recent publications: The Fetish. Literature, cinema, visuality, Bloomsbury, 2017; Video Art Facing Wagner, in M. Fusillo – M. Grishakova (eds.), The Gesamtkunstwerk as a Synergy of the Arts. New Comparative Poetics, Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2021, pp. 171-182; Negative Empathy, Catharsis, Fear: a Transmedial Itinerary, in R. Gasperoni Gerina e F. Milano (eds), Critica delle emozioni, Firenze, Franco Cesati, 2020, pp. 27-44

Plenary Speech III:

Paulo Lemos Horta, New York University Abu Dhabi, USA


Paulo Lemos Horta is the author of several works on the 1001 Nights, including Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights and The Annotated Arabian Nights, from Harvard University Press and Liveright/ W.W. Norton. This paper is part of a monograph on publishing and prejudice under contract at Harvard University Press. He is a global network associate professor at New York University.

Plenary Speech IV:

Youngmin Kim, Dongguk University, Korea/Hangzhou Normal University, China


Youngmin Kim is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of Trans Media World Literature Institute and Director of Digital Humanities Lab at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea, and Jack Ma Chair Professor at Hangzhou Normal University, China. He was Visiting Professor at Cornell University. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Yeats Journal of Korea (1993-97, 1999-2000); Journal of English Language and Literature (2007-2009, 2013-2021); and currently Editor-in-Chief of Journal of East-West Comparative Literature of Korea. He was President of Yeats Society of Korea; Society of Lacan and Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and English Language and Literature Association of Korea, Vice President of IASIL(International Association of the Study of Irish Literatures) and currently Vice President of Korea Digital Humanities Association (KADH) and IAELC (International Association of Ethical Literary Criticism); Executive Council Member of ICLA (International Comparative Literature Association), International Yeats Society, and International Pound Society; and Chair-Elect for Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of Alliance of Digital Humanities Organization (ADHO) (2022-2025). His recent publications focus on modern poetry, comparative literature, world literature, digital humanities, and new techno humanities. His current book project, “Database and World Literature,” takes up Digital Humanities to explore the potential methodology in the field of world literature and translation studies.

Plenary Speech V:

Svend Erik Larsen, Aarhus University, Denmark


Svend Erik Larsen, dr. phil., Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature, Aarhus University. Honorary Professor, University College London, and Yangtze River Professor, Sichuan University. Co-editor of Orbis Litterarum. Board Member of EuroScience. Past Vice-President of Academia Europaea and past General Treasurer of the International Comparative Literature Association. Recent articles: “Interdisciplinarity, History and Cultural Encounters,” European Review 26.2, 2018: 354– 367; “Breaking the Silence. Cultural and Legal Encounters.” Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fidora, eds.: Law and the Humanities. Cultural Perspectives. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019: 349–369; “Taking Responsibility for the Pasts.” Pólemos 15.2, 2021: 191–206. Co-author and co-editor of Landscapes of Realism 1-2. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2021-2022. (See complete CV and bibliography:

Plenary Speech VI:

Sebastian Hsien-hao Liao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Hsien-hao Sebastian Liao is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at National Taiwan University, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and was post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at University of Washington (Seattle), Vienna University, Charles University, and Ghent University, visiting fellow at Princeton University, Chicago University, University of Melbourne and Free University of Berlin. He also served as President of the Comparative Literature Association of Taiwan (ROC) and Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City Government. His research interests include comparative poetics, contemporary theories, the Chinese diaspora, Taoist aesthetics, modern Sinophone literature and film, and cultural policy formation. His English articles have appeared in Journals such as Diogenes, American Journal of Semiotics, Journal of Chinese Literature, and Philosophy East and West, and in collected volumes such as: Postmodernism and China (Duke 2000), Postmodernism in Asia (Tokyo UP, 2003), Cultural Dilemmas in Transitions (Lit Verlag, 2004), Genre in Asian Film and Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Imaging and Imagining Taiwan (Harrassowitz, 2011), China and Its Others (Brill, 2013), Deleuze and Asia (2014), Deleuze and the Humanities (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2018), Thirty-three Takes on Taiwan Cinema (Michigan UP, 2022), and Pandemic, Event and the Immanence of Life (Rowman & Littlefieldm, 2022)

Plenary Speech VII:

Ning Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Ning Wang is Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Changjiang Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Tsinghua University. He was elected to the Academy of Latinity in 2010 and to Academia Europaea in 2013. Apart from his numerous books and articles in Chinese, he has authored books in English: Globalization and Cultural Translation (2004), and Translated Modernities: Literary and Cultural Perspectives on Globalization and China (2010), and After Postmodernism (Routledge, 2022). He has also published extensively in English in many international prestigious journals like European Review, New Literary History, Critical Inquiry, boundary 2, Modern Language Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, ARIEL, ISLE, Comparative Literature Studies, Neohelicon, Narrative, Semiotica, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Journal of Contemporary China, Telos, Perspectives: Translation Theory and Practice, etc.

Plenary Speech VIII:

Haun Saussy, University of Chicago, USA


Haun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago, teaching in the departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Civilizations as well as in the Committee on Social Thought. His work attempts to bring the lessons of classical and modern rhetoric to bear on several periods, languages, disciplines and cultures. Among his books are The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (1994), Great Walls of Discourse (2001), The Ethnography of Rhythm (2016), Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out (2017), Are We Comparing Yet? (2019), The Making of Barbarians: Chinese Literature in Multilingual Asia (forthcoming, 2022) and the edited collections Sinographies (2007), Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (2008), and Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader (2010). As translator, he has produced versions of works by Jean Métellus (When the Pipirite Sings, 2019) and Tino Caspanello (Bounds, 2020), among others. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Plenary Speech IX:

Cao Shunqing, Sichuan University, China


Cao Shunqing is a distinguished professor in Sichuan University. He is the president of China Comparative Literature Association (CCLA), and also the chief editor of Cultural Studies and Literary Theory, Comparative Literature: East and West. His areas of specialization include classic Chinese literature theory, Comparative Literature, comparative poetics, and world literature.

Plenary Speech X:

Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London, UK


Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of five books, most recently The Birth and Death of Literary Theory: Regimes of Relevance in Russia and Beyond (Stanford UP, 2019) which won the 2020 AATSEEL prize for "best book in literary studies". Tihanov has been elected to the British Academy and to Academia Europaea. Currently he is completing Cosmopolitanism: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford UP.

Plenary Speech XI:

Anne Tomiche, Sorbonne Université, France


Anne Tomiche is Professor of Comparative Literature at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Before joining the Sorbonne in 2010, she taught in the United States as well as in France. She has been the President of the French Comparative Literature Society (2005-2009), the French General Secretary of the International Association of Comparative Literature (2016-2022), and she is currently Vice-President of the ICLA. Her fields of interest are modernisms, avant-gardes and experimental writing in the XXth century as well as gender studies and philosophical approaches to literature. Among her recent publications : La Naissance des avant-gardes (2015), Genre et signature (2018) or Genre et Manifestes (2022).

Plenary Speech XII:

Vladimir Biti, University of Vienna, Austria


Vladimir Biti is Chair Professor Emeritus at the University of Vienna. Author of eleven books, Tracing Global Democracy: Literature, Theory, and the Politics of Trauma, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2016 (second, paperback edition 2017), Attached to Dispossession: Sacrificial Narratives in Post-imperial Europe, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018, and Post-imperial Literature: Translatio Imperii in Kafka and Coetzee, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2021, among the most recent. Editor of the volumes Reexamining the National-Philological Legacy: Quest for a New Paradigm, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014, Claiming the Dispossession: The Politics of Hi/storytelling in Post-imperial Europe, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017, and co-editor of The Idea of Europe: The Clash of Projections, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2021. Co-editor of arcadia: Journal of Literary Culture. Honorary President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory. Since 2016, he is the Chair of the Academy of Europe’s Literary and Theatrical Section.