The Oral, the Written, and Other Verbal Media OWOVM: Conference on Poetics and Discourse. Victoria University (Australia) 12-14th December 2011
OWOVM is a conference about language-based arts and related media of expression. It focuses on the relationship between medium, mode, and meaning. From ethnic cosmologies and narratives of survival to the lyricism of love and loss – cultures are built on verbal reproductions of experience, on their dissemination through arrays of oral, written, and other verbal media, and on the complex relations between participants in these discourses.
This is a call for proposals of language art performances and installations and of scholarly papers and sessions that address these questions.
Regular sessions will be 90 minutes, normally containing three individual presentations. As much as possible, the organisers aim to generate a mix of scholarly and creative presentations in each session, grouped around common thematic concerns.
How do performances or texts bear witness, either to the events they narrate or to the subjective consciousnesses that produce them? How do the dynamics of transmission circumscribe and transform them? How do they become embedded in the knowledge systems of the cultures they work through? And what of the limits to verbalisation – when voice, text, and/or more visceral media are tasked with creating and communicating meaning in the absence of language grammars?
Keynote speakers/performers include:
Gorkem Acaroglu (Melbourne Workers Theatre)
Molly Andrews (University of East London)
Larissa Behrendt (University of Technology, Sydney)
Alex Kelly (Ngapartji Ngapartji, Alice Springs)
Chris Meade (Institute for the Book, London/Brisbane)
John Milloy (Trent University, Ontario)
The fields covered at OWOVM will include, but not be limited to: Acoustics; Communications and Media; Cultural Anthropology; Folklore; Gender Studies; History; Indigenous Studies; Linguistics; Literary Studies; Music; Narrative approaches to social research; Oral-traditional poetics and narrative; Performance Studies; Philosophy; Qualitative approaches to law and criminology; Rhetoric; Visual Arts.
Conference venue, accommodation
The 2011 OWOVM conference will take place at the Flinders St Campus of Victoria University, located in downtown Melbourne, 12-14th December 2011.
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