ON THE LOST (?) GROUND. OBJECTS, CONCRETES, PARTICULARS
Szczyrk, 20-23 maja 2009

Call for papers

Are we here, perhaps, for saying: house,
bridge, fountain, gate, jug, fruit-tree, window –
at most: column, tower [...].

Rainer Maria Rilke, The Ninth Duino Elegy

A thing to notice about the etymology of Latin ab-strahere (from where abstractio originates) is its connection with ab-sentio, close in turn to the idea of ‘departing from sense’.

The main focus of the conference is the reality – the realness – of objects / concretes / particulars; the contribution of those to the maintenance of sense otherwise lost; a vital part objects / concretes / particulars play in the processes of meaning construction. That is not an attempt to enhance crude materialism but rather a way to notice the value of the apparently secondary substratum of sense, whose exclusion does endanger the overall coherence of whatever man wishes to say or produce.

Objects, concretes, particulars in themselves signify a whole spectrum of meanings, eg

  • the physical (and / or material, bodily),
  • the personal (and / or individual, unique),
  • the specific (and / or adequate, precise),

whose distinct nature should be recognised and respected.

* As usual, a ‘work in progress’ session is planned.

the Conference Organizers
Marta Zając
Agnieszka Kliś
Eliene Mąka-Poulain

International Conference organized by

the Institute of British and American Literature and Culture of University of Silesia

Ustroń, Poland, September 18 – 21, 2008

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“I think most of our lives are made up of both things visible and things interior, with a large chunk of them being interior,” Stephen Dunn has claimed. This, obviously, does not concern our lives only, but also the world around us, in which almost every thing seems to have its other life, the inner one, pulsating in its veins. Just because of their invisibility or infinitesimality, the interiors elude quantification, although their influence may be experienced acutely.  For the same reasons, and perhaps also because of their multitude of meanings, they constitute a difficult theme to explore. Therefore we invite you to attend the INTERIORS conference organized by the Institute of British and American Literature and Culture of University of Silesia to be held in Ustroń, Poland, September 18 – 21, 2008.

Program committee members Dr. Sonia Front and Dr. Katarzyna Nowak welcome proposals for panels and 20 minute papers from scholars working in all areas of literary and cultural studies.

We have the honor to announce that Prof. Ali Behdad, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at University of California, Los Angeles, and Prof. Geoffrey Davis, Chair of European Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies at University of Aachen will deliver plenary lectures.

In keeping with the conference’s theme, individual paper proposals may want to address the following issues:

  • Postcolonial/ postmodern/ deconstructive/ psychoanalytical/ feminist reading of the theme
  • Gendered/ raced/ ethnic interiors and exteriors
  • Geographical/spatial interiority as informative of literary/ film  landscapes
  • Inclusion and internalization, expulsion and abjection as literary and cultural themes
  • Architecture of human body – interiors in anatomical sense
  • Remembering and forgetting as internalizing experience
  • Mental/ psychical inner space
  • The patterns of interior explorations/ journeys
  • Diasporas, homelands, migrations, exile
  • Aberrations/ collapse/ revision of spatial and temporal divisions between the internal and external
  • Interiors in cityscape/ landscape
  • Inner/ interstitial/ private space
  • Ways of employing one’s inner space to express oneself and one’s world/ beliefs/ emotions/ thoughts

Please forward 300-word abstracts, including title, professional affiliation, addresses (especially e-mail), phone number, and AV requirements by March 31, 2008. Electronic submissions are highly encouraged. Papers should be delivered in English. Send proposals as a MS Word attachment toTen adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript. .

You can download the Call For Papers here in the PDF format. We warmly encourage you to distribute the CFP to any of your colleagues who might be interested in participating. Thank you.

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