Relationship Status: It's Complicated - University of Pittsburgh - February 24-25 2011

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The University of Pittsburgh French and Italian Graduate Student Association

This two-day conference aims to center its discussion around the role of various contacts in a multitude of relationships within French and Italian studies. Participants are invited to consider the instances and implications of conflict, aggression, collaboration, pleasure, and desire within these voluntary or forced groupings, ranging from literature to cultural studies and beyond. Relevant themes and topics may include, but are not limited to the following relationships:

Colonizer/Colonized
Author/Reader
Citizen/Government
Real/Virtual
Teacher/Student
Parent/Child/Siblings
Love/Hate
Friend/Foe
Nation/Region
Human/Natural World
Queer/Normative
Subject/Monarch

We welcome abstracts from graduate and undergraduate students in all humanities and social science disciplines as well as all time periods. Presentations in English will be limited to a reading time of 20 minutes (8-10 pages). MLA-style abstracts of no more than 250 words should include a cover letter indicating the title, author's name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Deadline for submission: November 15, 2010.

Please send your abstract via email to:
Maeva Mateos and Lauren Emerick, Department of French and Italian University of Pittsburgh; Cathedral of Learning 1328
E-mail: pitt.frit.conference@gmail.com