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[UPDATE] CFP "Communicating Illness: Diagnosing Disordered States" - DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan. 11, 2010
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Call for Papers:
8th Annual Concordia University Graduate English Colloquium
March 19-20th, 2010, Concordia University, Montreal
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED TO: January 11, 2010
The 8th Annual Concordia University Graduate English Colloquium, “Communicating Illness: Diagnosing Disordered States,” seeks papers exploring ideas of illness in text, language, and culture. Illness multiplies, intensifies, and generates meaning, inquiring into the narratives that surround ideas of ‘the human’ and the nature of ‘the subject’. Among the questions illness puts forward for debate are: How has illness generated poetic, prophetic and theological writing? How do we diagnose and create the “healthy body” in academic departments, and interrogate concepts of civilization and progress in nation states and polities? How is illness used to create representations of difference, decadence, degeneration, weakness, or dissidence, and what bearing does this have on our interpretative outlook and our own subjectivity?
The Colloquium’s keynote speaker will be Mary Arseneau from the University of Ottawa, whose interdisciplinary work on Victorian women writers investigates literary representations of illness and health, bringing together the fields of literature and medicine.
The deadline for abstracts is now January 11th, 2010. Please send abstracts of 300 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a short biographical statement of no more than 50 words. Works engaged in a variety of critical methodologies are welcome, including proposals of an interdisciplinary nature. Papers submitted individually, if successful, will be grouped into a panel by the conference organizers. You may also propose a panel topic of your own, provided that three relevant abstracts by different contributors are submitted together.
Possible critical topics or spheres of inquiry include: