The department of English of The High Institute of Applied Studies in Gafsa organizes an international conference on the 5th and 6th of March 2015 Masquerade in Art, Literature, and History I am not what I am (Othello, 1.1.65) Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Masquerade as a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes. This definition makes it closely related to thequestion of identity. We should not be surprised therefore that in literary and cultural theory, the word Masquerade tends to refer to that theory that argues that gender is a performance rather than a natural phenomenon with which one is born; it has to be acquired, learned and polished and is in no sense natural (Julian Wolfreys, Ruth Robbins and Kenneth Womack, 2013). Accordingly, the word alludes to the constructedness of identity. This issue extends beyond questions of gender to cover the realms of art and history. The theme is, therefore, quite broad. The fluid nature of identity which through masquerade becomes both shifting and relational is of paramount importance in modern and postmodern theories and philosophy. This conference wishes to consider masquerade as one of the opportunities to explore the way in which alienation and togetherness can become one and the same thing. Mask and masquerade are related to the act of hiding, which is also an art. Indeed, one may speak of the aesthetics of the hidden and of hiddenness. The manners in which we meet the latent in a text of any type. Interpretive strategies such as hermeneutics which Gadamer describes as an “art to whose saying one has to submit as something to be respected, or which one recognized with admiration because this art was able to understand and explain the hidden – speech in a foreign language or even the unexpressed conviction of another person” (Gadamer, 2007). The arts and sciences that help us understand the hidden in any discipline fall within our spectrum of interest. We accept papers on any of the following issues: - The constructedness of identity - The hidden - The act and art of hiding - Layers of meaning - Gender and sexuality - Masquerade in performing arts - The staging of the self as other - The use of mask in the arts - Masquerade as an art - Festivity - The shifting of identity - Parody and generic masquerade in literature - Hermeneutics - Theology - Metaphysics - Literary theory - Race - Layers of identity - Layers of Meaning - Mystery - Mysticism - Mythology - Anthropology of disguise - Drama and Theatre - Shakespeare All the selected papers will be published in a special issue of European Journal of academic Essays ISSN 2183-1904 http://euroessays.org/.
The best article will also appear in
Studies in Humanities http://studiesinhumanitie.wix.com/iseahg
- Therefore the participant should send a paper of 1500 to 3500 words in English with an abstract of 100 to 250 words along with a short biographical note of no more than 300 words to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14th 2014
Only full submissions will be considered. However, The participants may send preliminary abstracts to the organizing committee before August 30th, 2014. The organizing committee may tell whether the proposed work falls within the interests of the conference. Their opinion, however, is not a verdict.
The delegates will receive notifications of acceptance by Febrary 1st , 2015 Abstracts of the accepted articles will be published on the conference website by Febrary 21st , 2015
Registration and Publication fees 120 Tunisian Dinars for Tunisians delegates 70 U.S. Dollars for Foreign delegates These fees should be paid before Febrary 14th 2015 The conference coordinators will inform the delegates of the necessary procedures
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