june, 2018

28jun10:00 am12:00 pmComparison as Relation: A Masterclass with Shu-mei Shih10:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre

Event Details

Following the ‘Sinophone Challenges to Postcolonial Theory’ lecture on the previous day, this masterclass will explore further a new method of comparison called “relational comparison.” The readings for the class offer two instantiations of this method that uses world historical approaches to studying world literature. Attendees are invited to consider how this method might or might not be useful or usable for their specific projects.


Shih, Shu-mei. “Comparison as Relation.” In Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses. Eds. Rita Felski and Susan Stanford Friedman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, pp. 79-98.

—–. “Race and Relation: The Global Sixties in the South of the South.” Comparative Literature 68.2, 2016: pp. 141–154.

Professor Shu-mei Shih, UCLA

Shu-mei Shih is a Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has published extensively in the field of Sinophone studies, comparative studies, and world literature. Notable publications include Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Brian Bernards and Chien-hsin Tsai, Columbia UP, 2013); The Creolization of Theory (co-edited with Françoise Lionnet, Duke UP, 2011); Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific (U of California Press, 2007); and Minor Transnationalism (co-edited with Françoise Lionnet, Duke UP, 2005).


(Thursday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Rogers Room, N397

Level 3, John Woolley Building, the University of Sydney


Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre