Creating Æffect

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
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Université de Montréal, English Graduate Conference

Creating Æffect

15th Annual Université de Montréal English Graduate Conference

March 1st and 2nd, 2018


Art and activism point towards a possibility of cultural resistance. According to artist Nadine Bloch, “Cultural resistance is an accessible mode of artistic expression that voices opposition to or criticism of certain political, economic, social, or other concerning circumstances in our community.” While activism attempts to have an effect on the society; art strives to affect the individual on an emotional level. Art activism, then, “is a practice aimed at generating Æffect: emotionally resonant experiences that lead to measurable shifts in power” (The Center for Artistic Activism). Art activism wishes to inspire new modes of thinking and of creating transformation.

This conference hopes to examine works of literature, film, or visual arts that provoke an æffective experience, resisting and subverting the status quo. What is the role of art in cultural resistance? How can art and literature serve as a means of enacting social and/or political change? On the contrary, how can resistance be silenced?

We invite academic and creative submissions in English or French for papers that interrogate the role of resistance from multiple disciplinary perspective. Topics for discussion include: Resistance to dominant discourses of power (state, class, race, etc.); National and transnational resistance movements; Agency in a context of political oppression (opposition, protest, activism); Ethical approaches to resistance (ethics of solidarity, care, etc.); Dreams of revolution and dystopian literature; Humor, irony, and satire as resistance; The body as a site of resistance; Silencing resistance: strategies of punishment, regulation, and policing.

We encourage submissions from across these disciplines: literary, critical and cultural theory, cultural studies, philosophy, digital humanities, linguistics, film studies, visual arts, history, anthropology, and sociology.

We are asking those interested in delivering 15 to 20-minute presentations to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to by January 31st, 2018. Please include your name, paper keywords, institutional affiliation, technical requirements, and a 50-word biography in your email.