CFP: Dark Matters: Obscured Thinking and Shadowed Language (1/9/06; 4/6/06-4/8/06)

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Monica Rettig
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mrettig@uwo.ca

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Monica Rettig
----Apologies for cross-postingsCALL FOR PAPERS8th Annual Graduate Student ConferenceApril 6-8, 2006The Graduate Programmes in Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Theory and CriticismUniversity of Western OntarioLondon, OntarioDARK MATTERS:Obscured thinking and shadowed languageThis interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the notion of "darkness" in its various conceptualizations and codifications, both throughout history and in the present. We emphasize the idea of the dark as a terrain of constant negotiation, and as a concept with a plurality of meanings and implications. The conference seeks to elaborate upon these diverse perceptions of darkness, from the idea of the abyss in philosophy or astronomy to darkness in photography and other visual arts, from theology and psychoanalysis to literary metaphors and tropes, and other potential ways of constructing, thinking about, or representing darkness in the present.Suggested Themes:dark humour…underworlds & afterlives…the void…a little Night-music…St John of the Cross…mestizaje… minority languages …metaphors of blindness…Lacan…chiaroscuro & the Baroque…behind the veil…camera obscura …Freud…film noir …rhetoric of the absolute…black holes … nihilism and nothingness...the dark side of language: euphemism & taboo …the death drive & the unconscious…Prince of Darkness: political justice & ethics…the abyss …things that go bump in the night…Nietzsche…the shadow play…not-white magic …a flash in the darkness: phenomenology & post-structuralism…Heart & Liver of Darkness…the visible invisible…Jung…negative theology…forgetting…Deleuze …black box…creation/destruction…the vanishing point…Calderón’s prison…“ít was a dark and stormy night"We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on literature, linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, theology, visual arts, music, cinema, science, etc.Proposals in English, Spanish or French (250-500 words) should be accompanied by a short CV and address, and submitted by January 9, 2006.Please send submissions to:Graduate Student ConferenceDepartment of Modern Languages and LiteraturesRoom 115, University CollegeUniversity of Western OntarioLondon, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7Tel: (519) 661-3196 – Fax: (519) 661-4093Or e-mail to: Monica Rettig (mrettig_at_uwo.ca ) or Meredith Snyder (msnyder6_at_uwo.ca) ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List CFP_at_english.upenn.edu Full Information at http://cfp.english.upenn.edu or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu ==========================================================Received on Mon Dec 05 2005 - 13:14:31 EST

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