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Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms (April 23-24, 2010) DEADLINE: March 10, 2010
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British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Call for Papers
Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms
The British Modernities Group, in conjunction with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the departments of English, Philosophy, and Art History, and with support from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, invites submissions from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological orientations for our annual graduate student conference, this year themed “Politics, Ethics, and the New Formalisms.”
The conference will open with a keynote address by Marjorie Levinson, professor at University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, who specializes in the areas of critical theory, and in poetry and poetics. She not only theorizes the rise of the “New Formalist” movement, but enacts these tensions in her own scholarship, including a contribution to a collection of essays entitled Rethinking Historicism: Critical Readings in Romantic History in 1989, and a recent publication in Studies in Romanticism entitled “A Motion and a Spirit: Romancing Spinoza.”
New Formalism is a recent trend—a “movement,” according to Marjorie Levinson’s 2007 essay “What is New Formalism?” in the PMLA—in critical theory, cultural studies, and literary scholarship that challenges some of academia’s established methods and critical approaches.
Possible topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
This plenary-style conference is designed to facilitate dialogue between panels, participants, and attendees. To that end, panelists are strongly encouraged to attend the full conference, scheduled late Friday and all day Saturday. Presenters will be expected to submit their papers to their panel’s faculty respondent by April 9.
Please send 300-word abstracts for individual 15-minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 10, 2010. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 17. In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information: name, university and departmental affiliation(s), level of graduate study, and title of paper.