CFP: Reading Fear (grad) (6/15/07; 11/8/07-11/10/07)

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Dear colleagues,

Please announce to your graduate students the extension of the submission deadline for the Reading Fear Conference at the University of Oregon. Our new deadline is June 15th.

See the attached call for papers below and visit our website at


The Reading Fear Conference Committee
-- of Romance Languages1233 University of OregonEugene, OR 97403-1233Email: readfear_at_uoregon.eduCALL FOR PAPERSREADING FEAR:REPRESENTATIONS OF FEAR IN ROMANCE LITERATURESNovember 8-10, 2007The 2007 graduate conference organized by the University of Oregon Department of Romance Languages seeks to foster an exploration of the concept of fear and its representations in texts across time periods and genres. Although fear is an instinctual emotion caused by a perceived threat, fear may also be learned or culturally constructed. Further, fear may serve as a motivating impetus for social change or be manipulated as a tool of power. The various uses and abuses of fear, then, can lead to a variety of responses including resignation and nihilism or an energized call for solidarity or action. How is fear negotiated through literature and other art forms? Are fear and power inextricably linked? Finally, how can an analysis of fear help us to more fully understand larger collective institutions, whether that be family, community or country?Keynote speakers for this event will be Mabel Moraña (Washington University). Her research interests include colonial literature, cultural studies and Latin American cultural criticism; Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Stanford). Her research focuses on 20th-century French literature and Francophone literature from Africa and the Caribbean, history and memory in literature, and contacts of cultures; Lino Pertile (Harvard). His research interests include Dante and the Latin Middle Ages, Renaissance literature in France and Italy, and the contemporary Italian novel.Imaginative conceptions of the idea of fear are encouraged as are approaches to this topic from a variety of disciplines. Papers may be in English, French, Italian or Spanish. Papers addressing other romances languages (Catalan, Galician, Portuguese and Romanian) written in the above languages will also be considered. Possible panels may include, but are not limited to:Fear as a Cultural Construct The(Ab)uses of Fear Histories of FearFear of Power Fear and Urban Violence XenophobiaFear and Authoritarianism Resistance to Fear FearlessnessFear, Repression and Silence Fear and Religion Fear of DeathMisogyny Power without Fear Fear and ParanoiaFear and Anxiety Terror and Fear Fear and NeurosisFear and Identity: Ideology, Race, Sexuality and CultureTo be considered, proposals must include: a working title; a 200-word abstract; your name; email address and mailing address; and university affiliation. All proposals should be sent to:Graduate Student ConferenceDepartment of Romance Languages1233 University of OregonEugene, OR 97403-1233Email: readfear_at_uoregon.eduPlease visit our website for more information: FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS IS JUNE 15, 2007 ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Thu May 17 2007 - 15:28:12 EDT