Text, Transmission, Reception - 28-29/10/2010 (CFP until 15/06/2010)

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Text, Transmission, Reception

Call for papers

Radboud University Nijmegen
October 28 and 29, 2010

Over the past two years, a number of researchers of the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology of Radboud University have explored common ways to study the function and meaning of “texts” in the broadest sense of the term. They would like to share their results with others and therefore invite scholars from both the Netherlands and abroad to send in abstracts for papers to be read at a conference that will be held on the campus of Radboud University on October 28 and 29, 2010. The language of the conference will be English.

Invited Speakers

Isabelle Kalinowski (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Glenn Most (Scuola Normale di Pisa / University of Chicago)
Steffen Siegel (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena)
Dolf Zillmann (University of Alabama)


The conference will focus on four themes, to each of which one or two panels will be devoted:

1) Image and Text. For this panel we are looking for papers that discuss the triangular relation between images, texts and the medium in which these occur. Examples of the type of questions we are interested in are: Do words and images interact differently in books, newspapers, church frescoes, websites or publicity posters? Can the same type of information be conveyed in different textual and visual ways depending on the intended audience? How has the historical evolution of graphic possibilities determined the way in which words, images and other visual means have been employed? Both systematic and historical papers are welcome. Steffen Siegel (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena) has been invited to comment on the papers in this panel. Please submit abstracts before June 15, 2010 to Christoph Lüthy (luethy@phil.ru.nl).

2) Narrativity. Papers are invited that reflect on narratives as serving a variety of communicative functions. The personal story has for ages functioned as a basic structure of identity building and emotional exchange in language, be it in conversation, fiction, religion, or rhetoric; today, narratives are expanding towards broader communicative and cross-medial settings such as advertising, business communication, politics, and journalism. We invite papers that try to describe what these narrative structures have in common, and what explanations can be found for their forms, functions and/or effects in various communicative settings. Commentator on these papers will be Dolf Zillmann (Univ. of Alabama). Please submit abstracts for this panel before June 15, 2010 to Hans Hoeken (h.hoeken@let.ru.nl) and José Sanders (j.sanders@let.ru.nl).

3) New Philology. This panel will be devoted to an approach to textual criticism that calls itself New Philology, an approach that demands attention for the dynamic changes, the physical appearance and changing contexts of literary, philosophical and religious texts. The aim of this panel is to evaluate the merits of this approach with papers that combine the study of a particular text with theoretical reflection in either modern or historical literary, philosophical and religious studies. Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) will comment on the papers in this panel. Abstracts for this panel should be sent before June 15, 2010 to Johan Oosterman (j.oosterman@let.ru.nl).

4) Reception and Literary Infrastructure. For this panel abstracts are invited about the diffusion and critical reception of literary, philosophical and religious texts. Papers may deal either with either modern developments, such as the (critical) reception of texts and their distribution in different countries or among different segments of the population, or historical developments, such as the changing reception of texts over time. The commentator on the papers in this panel will be Isabelle Kalinowski (École Normale Supérieure, Paris). Abstracts for this panel should be sent before June 15, 2010 to Jos Joosten (j.joosten@let.ru.nl) and Maarten Steenmeijer (m.steenmeijer@let.ru.nl).

Submission guidelines

Please send in an English abstract of max. 500 words. The length of the papers will ultimately be 25 minutes (around 3000 words). After the delivery of each paper the invited commentator will react to it (see above), and there will be a general discussion. You are asked to send your abstract to the organiser(s) of your panel (see above) before June 15. You will be notified regarding your selection before July 15. Should your abstract be accepted, you will be asked to write out a full paper or extended abstract of around 3000 words before October 1, so that the commentator will have time to prepare a response to it. All conference-related expenses will be covered. For more information about the conference, you can contact André Lardinois (a.lardinois@let.ru.nl).


This conference is organised jointly by the humanistic faculties of Radboud University, i.e. the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology.


André Lardinois (Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures)
Jos Joosten (Dutch Language and Culture)
Hans Hoeken (Business Communication Studies)
Christoph Lüthy (Philosophy and History of Science)
Johan Oosterman (Dutch Language and Culture)
José Sanders (Business Communication Studies)
Maarten Steenmeijer (Romance Languages and Cultures)

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 15 June 2010
Notification: 15 July 2010
Full paper or extended abstract: 1 October 2010
Conference dates: 27 October (arrival) – 30 October (departure), 2010

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