CFP: [Theory] Final Call for Papers - Is There a Human in this Text?

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Dr Andy Mousley
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Is There a Human in this Text? Rethinking Literature and Humanism

A one-day conference hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
July 11, 2008

• Does English need re-humanising? What form might this take?
• Has English ever entirely broken away from its humanist roots?
• Have specialisation, historicism and the reduction of education to
skills killed off literature’s existential significance?
• Is the traditional vocabulary of humanism exhausted and in need of

Key Speakers
Ewan Fernie, Royal Holloway, University of London
Simon Palfrey, Brasenose College, Oxford
Jeff Wallace, University of Glamorgan

Additional Speakers
Kathleen McLuskie Elspeth Graham
Andrew Hadfield Steve Earnshaw
Jane Dowson Nigel Wood
Kathy Bell Scott Freer
Gabriel Egan Deborah Mutch
Gary Day Ivan Callus and Stefan Herbrechter

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, which might address (though
not exclusively) the following areas: histories of literary studies; the
present and/or future of humanism in literary studies; concepts of the
human; post-humanism; the relationship between historicism and humanism;
science and literature; the necessity and/or sustainability of ethical
appeals to concepts of alienation and de-humanisation. Please send
abstracts, of not more than 200 words, to Dr Andy Mousley, School of
English, Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH,

Deadline for abstracts: February 29, 2008.

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