UPDATE: [Graduate] Extended Deadline for Free Exchange Conference 2009

full name / name of organization: 
Pilar Aguilar

 Call for Proposals (CFP):

Exploring Literary Space: The Dialectics of Inside and Outside

FreeX 2009, a Graduate Student Conference
Friday February 27 â€" Sunday March 1, 2009
Hosted by the graduate students of the University of Calgary’s English
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

CFP DEADLINE: Thursday January 15, 2009

Whether addressing the physical space of the page, imagined spaces of
subjectivities, or actual spaces of geography, spatial discourse has
played a significant role in literary criticism. Often creating debates
of inclusion and exclusion, theories of actual and imagined spaces go
hand in hand with the formation and transformation of subjectivities,
communities, audiences, and official canons. Yet, in a world where
globalization is increasingly a favoured term, many traditional concepts
of space are fast eroding â€" replaced by ideas of connectivity,
multiculturalism, transnationalism, and the global village. As a result,
we are faced with an opportunity to consider the role of “space” in
literary criticism, and how that role may contribute to our broader
understanding of the dichotomies of divisions/unities,
borders/connections, and inclusions/exclusions.

We invite submissions of 250 word abstracts for original academic papers
on the conference theme. We encourage participation from graduate
students of any discipline, including but not limited to English
literature, film studies, visual culture, gender studies, and cultural

Topics might address but are not limited to the following questions:

• How has the concept of space been used in past literary periods?
In what ways do those perspectives compare and contrast to the present
use of the term?

• What function does the notion of space play in postcolonial
literatures, which are often concerned with identities based on
geographic and cultural divisions? How might postcolonial perspectives
create opportunities to unite as well as divide disparate literatures?

• How does the division and/or blending of domestic (private) and
political (public) spheres affect the representation of marginalized
subjectivities (be they related to class, ethnicity, gender, race or

• How does space function, either ideologically or physically, to
create/recreate ideological structures?

• In what ways do other literary mediums (film, new media, or
virtual spaces) challenge conventional uses of space? In what ways do
other literary mediums alter/perpetuate our conceptions of inclusion and

• How does the current climate of globalization affect notions of
citizenship, nationhood, and national literatures?

• In what ways does literature offer the possibility to (re)
conceptualize space and place as useful concepts in our increasingly
globalized world?

CFP DEADLINE: Thursday January 15, 2009

Please e-mail inquiries and submissions to: pilaraguilarmalavia_at_yahoo.com

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