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Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference November 6-7, 2008
Department of Comparative Literature
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Call for Papers
I am convinced that fellows like me who live in dark cellars must be kept
under restraint. They may be able to live in their dark cellars for forty
years and never open their mouths, but the moment they get into the light
of day and break out they may talk and talk and talkâ€¦
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
How do we perceive the underground? What lies beneath the surface?
Wherein lies the significance of this metaphor? In defining
the â€œundergroundâ€ we have an immediate understanding of the term in its
political, artistic, spatial and temporal dimensions: secret societies,
the avant-garde, the unknown, the underworld. But what else constitutes
the underground? Since antiquity we have been fascinated by the
possibility of a separate realm that does not abide by the conventions of
the known world. The underground also represents all that is hidden
within the human psyche and that resists our attempts to excavate it.
This conference intends to explore manifestations of the underground
across all disciplines: literature, art, music, film, political science,
sociology, psychology, art history, classics, philosophy, etc.
Papers might focus on the following topics, but are not limited to these:
The underground man in the novelâ€”the underworldâ€”Hadesâ€”the subversiveâ€”
subconsciousâ€”the subwayâ€”the metroâ€”the graveâ€”le gouffreâ€”the living deadâ€”
secret societiesâ€”the moleâ€”urban mythâ€”ironyâ€”the hiddenâ€”underground railroadâ€”
slave narrativeâ€”the avant-garde in music, film, art and writing.
Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words to cunyunderground_at_gmail.com or
to the address below. Special consideration will be given to panel
proposals. We will acknowledge the receipt of abstracts within 2-3 days.
The deadline for submissions is August 18, 2008.
You will be notified if your proposal has been accepted no later than
September 17, 2008 and we would like to have confirmation from those whose
submissions have been accepted no later than October 1, 2008. There is no
registration fee and the conference is free to attend. Please send all
questions to the above listed email address.
c/o CUNY Graduate Center
Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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