We invite proposals for a forthcoming conference seminar and subsequent academic essay collection:
The seminar aims to explore intermedial interactions between literary and visual representations of the female body relying on the assumption that the conceptual shift implied in the dialectical, dialogic trope of word and image (i.e. the mixed-media image/text dynamics) entails a challenge to binary oppositions’ hegemonic logic, and hence provides an adequate means for the self-reflective expression of heterogeneously embodied, polyphonically voiced, kaleidoscopically envisioned feminine subjectivities-in-progress. We perform an interdisciplinary wedding of semiotics to corporeal feminism, of literary theory to readings in visual arts, and of iconography to revisionary interpretations of literature; unveil how the semioticization of female bodies affects the somatization of texts and images; and aim to offer a gender-sensitive analysis of topics like the textual value of illustrations, pictures collaged inside literary texts, the figurativeness of lyrical language and the materiality of signifiers.
Topics might include but are not limited to the following:
◾Feminist practices, aesthetics and collectives
◾Body Art/body politics
◾Feminist treatments of intermedial theory
◾Gender-conscious narrative/poetical reinterpretations of ekphrasis, hypotyposis, synesthesia, iconotext, paratext, etc.
◾The embodied reader/spectator and feminine subjectivity
◾Feminist embodiments of analogue/electronic transmissions of knowledge
The seminar will take place within the 12th ESSE CONFERENCE in KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA
Friday 29 August – Tuesday 2 September, 2014
Seminar presentations may be of maximum 15 minutes in length. Those wishing to present are invited to submit 200-word abstracts of their proposed presentations directly to all the convenors of the seminar in question before 28 February 2014. The convenors will let all those submitting proposals know whether their proposals have been accepted by no later than 31 March 2014.
We would also be grateful for a short biography/CV with your attachment.
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