CALL FOR PAPERS
International and interdisciplinary conference organized by The Centre d’Etudes sur les Modes de la Représentation Anglophone (CEMRA), Department of English, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, France on December 8, 9 and 10 2005
Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2005.
Please send a 300- to 350-word abstract to the conference co-chairs
Helene.Greven@free.fr and Donna.Andreolle@u-grenoble3.fr
Plus a copy to the conference coordinator (e-mail address provided below).
Candidates for papers will be informed of acceptance by September 15th.
The full conference program will be available in October 2005.
Cultural dynamics of ‘New World’ visions and representations Passed down through history in first-hand accounts, or shaped by writers and artists, what visions of the New World have been transmitted by the Anglo-Saxon culture? How does the British eye/I perceive the ‘otherworldliness’ of the North Atlantic (the U.S. and Canada) and the Pacific (Australia and New Zealand)? How have immigrant and aboriginal populations sought to produce their own representations of the New World?
Representations and visions of the New World have fuelled the motivations of Renaissance explorers, inspired colonists and social visionaries, and given impetus to the founding of distant, modern nations formerly under the yoke of colonial empires. Can the analysis of such philosophical, religious, political and economic aspirations lead to the uncovering of what may be called a ‘New World syndrome’ characterized by the recurrence of preconceived images and emerging ‘national’ stereotypes?
The study of the highly diverse textual, iconographic, spatial and architectural creations springing from the ‘New World syndrome’ may reveal the dynamics of how these societies forged new cultures which embrace, reject or redefine established cultural models. If certain characteristics are recognizable, and therefore easily assigned to the influence of the British Empire, to what extent is it possible to ascertain the limits of convergence or divergence?
Papers (30 minutes maximum) may concentrate on one or several of the countries mentioned above, and focus on specific works (fiction, essays, institutional documents), periods or cultural strategies. In-depth discourse analysis of written documents and artefacts of all kinds and detailed study of the driving forces behind various art forms will be greatly appreciated. The fields of cinema and photography are not to be excluded.
The conference theme will be divided into three different areas of research
Taming the Unknown; describing Otherworldliness and the Other
The real, the exotic and the strange; culture clashes and the multiple voices of discourse
World-building: social projects as duplicates of European societies, New-World hybrids and original creations
Myth-making: grand narratives and national stereotypes; constructing and deconstructing national myths.
Keynote speakers at the plenary sessions will include
Gérard Bouchard, professor at the University of Quebec/Chicoutimi and author of Genèse des nations et des cultures du Nouveau Monde
Michael Kammen, Newton C. Farr professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1972 for his book People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization
Gerry Turcotte, Canadian-born associate professor at the University of Wollogong, Australia; author of fictional autobiographies and studies of Canadian-Australian relations.
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