CFP: The Relevances of Raymond Williams (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

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Keith O'Regan
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Paper proposals are invited for the following seminar at the American
Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference in Princeton, NJ,
23-26 March, 2006:

The Relevances of Raymond Williams
Seminar Organizer: Keith O’Regan, York University,

Few literary critics have so emphasized the at once constitutive and
constituting role of culture in the formation of the human as Raymond Williams.
Indeed, the concept that is perhaps most synonymous with Williams, “structures
of feeling,” is an attempt to deal with precisely the centrality of human
perception and action in reproducing social relations. Yet despite the fact
that Williams’ work on the human was a formative influence on theorists such as
Edward Said and Terry Eagleton, and was pivotal to the establishment of Cultural
Studies, this contribution has been underrecognized and underappreciated. This
seminar will attempt to redress this silence and explore the possibilities that
Williams’ project makes realizable in our contemporary situation. Some of the
themes which this panel may explore are:

· Nature, creation and the human
· Rethinking the globalized country and the city
· Media and Williams
· The construction of the human in national literatures
· Contemporary structures of feeling
· Memory, history and the human
· Williams and oppositional literatures
· Cultural materialism: then and now
· The history of keywords

Abstracts should be 250 words, and submitted online before 30 November, 2005,
at At this site, you may fill
out the you may fill out the submission form, and select the seminar, The
Relevances of Raymond Williams.

The American Comparative Literature Association annual conference is organized
primarily into seminars (or "streams"), which consist either of twelve papers,
if they meet on all three days of the conference, or eight to nine papers, if
they meet on two days. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long to allow time for
discussion. Seminar members will have to join the ACLA and register for the
conference. For further information about the conference, including the
format, please visit

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, at, but all
abstracts must be submitted through the online form above.

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