The 13th annual Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies at the University of Western Ontario will take place on March 17-19, 2011. We welcome proposals that explore “EMERGENCE/IES” from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary and critical perspectives. This conference will examine the theme of emergent/emerging/potentially emerging/surfacing realities and non-realities in language, literature, film, theory and cultural studies.
Prospective areas and themes of interest:
-Global affairs: Emergent countries, markets, governments, weather conditions
-Emergencies: emergent phenomena in need of immediate attention
-Multiple emergences: non-linear and/or simultaneous temporalities and spatialities, unified and singular emergence vs. plural emergences, postmodern and/or postcolonial identities
-Binaries of emergence: order and chaos, sanity and insanity, memory and history, language competence and performance
-Emerging out of nothing / out of the blue: Big Bang Theory, fantasies, dreams, accidents, tragedies, Pandora’s box
-Scratching surfaces, the crystal ball and potentialities: what does the future hold for current emergences and what will future emergences look like?
-Just under the surface: subaltern voices, endangered languages
-Apocalypse: 2012, nuclear fission, bombs, 13
-Creativity: film, technologies, 3D, language, the visual, the Web
-Bodies: birth, rebirth, death, reincarnation, gender, queer, evolution, hybrid realities, mutants
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words, no later than November 30th, 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include name, affiliation, technical requirements and a 50 word bio with your abstract. As this is a conference organized by two graduate programs, we will accept abstracts and papers in both English and Spanish. The official conference languages will be English and Spanish.
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