The University of Manchester invites scholars and early researchers to submit papers for the conference ‘Why Allegory Now?’, a one day interdisciplinary event which will allow a forum of discussion on the disparate ways in which allegory has been used throughout history, and consider how such an elusive yet prominent form can be interpreted today.
The conference asks: What is allegory and why is it relevant today? Can allegory be best understood as a genre, a technique, a mode, a rhetorical device or a trope? Is allegory the practice of writing, interpreting or representing? Can allegory only be understood in relation to its history? Is all allegory ideological? Is all language allegorical?
We warmly invite proposals for twenty minute papers from postgraduates and early career researchers from any branch of arts and humanities. Key topics may include (but are not limited to):
•Myths and fables from Ancient Greece to modern film
•National allegories in colonial and postcolonial contexts
•Medieval and Renaissance secular or religious allegories
•Allegorical concepts of history
•Theories of allegory and allegoresis
•Sign, symbol, emblem and allegory
Please send your abstract of 250-300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, affiliation and title of paper.
The deadline for submissions is Monday January 3rd 2011. Acknowledgement of receipt of proposal will be sent. Selection of papers will be done by Monday January 24th 2011.
We are also delighted to offer two bursaries of £100 which will be awarded to postgraduate speakers on any Renaissance-related topics courtesy of the Society for Renaissance Studies, www.rensoc.org.uk.
Conference date: April 1st 2011
University of Manchester
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