Academics & Cultural Programs

Rerouting the Postcolonial, The University of Northampton, UK, 3-4 July 2007 (Call for Papers)

In an increasingly mobile and globalised world, new ROUTES become available to people through movement, migration, diaspora and relocation, and through the temporary inhabiting of new spaces offered by cosmopolitan travel and tourism.

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“Questioning Interdisciplinarity”, 28-29 September 2007, Nancy-Université (France)

It is common today to claim to be interdisciplinary in the social and human sciences in general and in the study of foreign languages and cultures, traditionally organized in France around three axes (literature, civilization, and linguistics). It is much less common to reflect on what is meant by “interdisciplinarity”, both as a set of critical or theoretical postulates and as a range of practices in teaching and research. The juxtaposition of disciplinarily distinctive points of view, the opening up of reflection, notably in studies of the English-speaking world, to related fields at colloquia or in the tables of contents of academic works, is practically “de rigueur” these days. But this inter- or pluridisciplinary imperative (one could almost call it a doxology) can also mask the renewal of disciplinary demarcations, the reproduction of the same under the cover of a project to which it is all the more appealing to adhere if it does not call into question existing practices and ways of thinking.

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Écriture Féminine: Writing and the Grrls: Does Cixous Still Have Ideas to Offer Young Women Writers?

“Woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies – for the same reasons, by the same law, with the same fatal goal.
Women must put herself into the text – as into the world and into history – by her own movement.” With this, the opening of her famous essay, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” French feminist critic and literary author Hélène Cixous calls women writers to create new texts in the mode of what she terms an “écriture féminine.”

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To Do Justice to ‘Rousseau’ Irreducibly, French and Francophone Studies, Critical Approaches, and New Directions

The Department of French Studies Graduate Association at Louisiana State University invites graduate students to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (in English or French) addressing the status of French and Francophone Studies or any research in the field. We actively seek proposals for papers from all periods and aspects of French and Francophone studies (linguistics, literature, pedagogy, thought and the history of ideas, critical theory, cultural studies, film studies, etc.).

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Rediscovering and Revitalizing the Artifact, University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference, 16-18 March 2007, Canada

Nomadism: a kind of critical consciousness that resists settling into socially coded modes of thought and behaviour...it produces the subversion of set conventions. Rosi Braidotti quoted in Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy’s Writing in Our Time. This panel invites you to submit papers which investigate the movement of the artifact. We seek papers in which the nomadic artifact transgresses

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