International Conference on Globalized Knowledge: World Literature and World Civilization
29 November 2010 – 1 December 2010

Aims and Objectives

With the increasing globalization in all aspects of life happening everywhere in our world today, it becomes essential for students of the twenty-first century not only to know their own culture and society, but also to have some basic knowledge and understanding of the cultures and traditions of other peoples in the world we live in. It is now not enough to “know thyself,” as ancient philosophical wisdom dictated; but to have globalized knowledge beyond one’s own immediate environment.  In humanistic studies, World Literature as a new and burgeoning field is perhaps the best indication of the intellectual need today to acquire globalized knowledge beyond the old dispensation of literary culture within limits of national boundaries, and therefore it offers a model for the study of world civilization in general. How do we study the various literary traditions of the world? How many regions can we divide the globalized knowledge we propose to study? How much of each of the traditions can be realistically included in a manageable form of presentation or curriculum? What are the points of convergence or divergence and how do we connect them in the globalized framework? These and many other questions are important for teaching World Literature as well as World Civilization, and with the generous financial support of Drs Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation, the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics of the City University of Hong Kong will organize an international conference that brings together a number of distinguished scholars in the study of world literature and explore the theoretical, methodological and practical issues that will help envision a course on World Civilization for our students today.



隨著全球一體化席捲全球,對社會的影響日益深遠,活在二十一世紀的莘莘學子不但需要了解他們本身的文化及社會狀況,而且也應對世界各地的文化及傳統具有一定的認識。古希臘的格言 —「自知之明」(know thyself), 在現今社會已不敷應用,我們必須跳出個人的框框,吸取環球的知識。在人文學的領域,世界文學作爲一門新興的學科,正好展示現代人類對知識的需求 — 跨越昔日封閉在國家民族界限的文學文化,學習全球化的知識;因此世界文學的模式也正是研究世界文明的典範。我們應如何學習世界不同的文學傳統?在設計課程上,應把全球化知識劃分為多少個區域?各項傳統的哪些内容能切實地包含在可行的方案或課程内?哪些地方需要合併或分割,以及怎樣把它們連接成全球化的架構?這種種問題對教授世界文學與世界文明都極爲重要。