UNIVERSITY OF KAIROUAN
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
BIANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
APRIL 12, 13 & 14 2011
The Department of English invites scholars, students, and interested parties to view the concept of celebration from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants may address the questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how we celebrate. Celebration is a human impulse revealing as it does individual alignments and memberships in groups such as families, political parties, ethnicities, minorities, tribes, nations, and other socio-cultural formations. However different in origin, celebrations are ritualized and cyclical, simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, sacred and profane. They may include text, music, dance, theatre, visual art, costumes, masks, and elements of carnival as they both reinforce and subvert the established order.
The conference invites submissions on any aspect of celebration. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
• gender, class, culture, identity
• socio-political, and ideological affiliation
• official/formulaic and spontaneous/folkloric manifestations
• privileged/high and popular/low culture
• holy days and holidays
• improvisation and ritual
• myth and history, signs and symbols
• commemoration and oblivion
• artistic/literary forms as markers
• masquerades, masks, carnivals and costumes
• liberation and containment
• discourse and rhetoric in/of celebration
• heteroglossia, dialect, and jargon
• virtual reality and cyberspace
Proposals of no more than two hundred words are to be submitted no later than 5:00 GMT on 15 October 2010.
Proposals may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants should include name, address, phone number, and email address with their proposals. Participants will be notified by email by 15 November 2010.
Hard copy and a CD of the completed paper are due by 15 February 2011. Only those papers submitted in MLA format will be considered for publication.
The conference program will be available on line by 14 March 2011. Participants will be informed of the URL via email before that date.
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