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Can Literature and the Arts be Irenic? (November 18-19, 2010)
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ERIBIA-LSA, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
CAN LITERATURE AND THE ARTS BE IRENIC?
“We go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both.” --Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry Magazine.
Can literature and the arts be irenic? How are the arts a unique vehicle for promoting peace? How do they enhance memory? How do the arts play a role in the formation of public opinion? What possible effects could they have in policy-making? How might literature and the arts be a vehicle of resistance to tyranny? Our enquiry begins with, but is not limited to these questions.
The importance of literary and artistic contributions to the obtaining and preservation of peace has been recognized and rewarded by prizes such as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize (awarded to Mahmoud Darwish in 2003), and others, often lesser known, such as the Leeds Peace Poetry Award or the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award. Although the connection between the arts and the search for and preservation of peace is instinctively acknowledged, its exact nature is imprecise. This conference will seek to examine and theorize the role of literature and the visual arts in search for “positive” peace (the elimination of causes of violence and the avoidance of conflict) and the creation of a peace culture.
Speakers will provide specific examples from literature in English (poetry, drama, fiction) or the arts (music, painting, sculpture, photography, and
If you would like to participate, please submit a 300-word propsal for a paper to be given in English, as well as a brief bio-bibliography by April 30, 2010.
International Conference sponsored by ERIBIA/LSA (ea2610), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie.