New Critical Perspectives on the 'Trace': An International Conference

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New Critical Perspectives on the ‘Trace’

University of Málaga
20-22 October, 2011

We are pleased to announce the celebration of the International Conference “New Critical Perspectives on the ‘Trace’”, to be held at the University of Málaga (Spain) on 20-22 October 2011. The Conference aims to explore the critical notion of the ‘trace’ and its applicability to contemporary literature written in English. The turn to ethics and trauma studies in contemporary criticism has attracted much critical interest. However, little attention has been given to the concept of the ‘trace’ and the ways in which it engages questions of ethics, memory studies and trauma in contemporary literature. This Conference will address the renewed critical position of the ‘trace’, and foster discussion among scholars working in different fields. This Conference is part of a Research Project, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Ref. FFI2009-09242).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Pilar Hidalgo (University of Málaga, Spain), Prof. Ann Heilmann (University of Hull, UK), Prof. Roberta Maierhofer (Graz Universität, Austria) and Prof. Cora Kaplan (University of London – Southampton University, UK)

We welcome 300-word abstracts, in English, on any of the topics listed below:

1. The trace in recent critical theory
2. The trace in contemporary literary engagements with the past
3. The trace in neo-Victorianism
4. The trace in literature and other arts and fields of knowledge

To submit a proposal:

Proposals should be sent via electronic form at

The submission deadline is 1 March, 2011. Acceptance of papers will be notified by 30 June, 2011.

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Organising Committee:

Rosario Arias, Ruth Stoner, Carmen Lara-Rallo, Nieves Pascual, Marta Cerezo-Moreno, Lin Pettersson, Lea Heiberg Madsen, Martyna Bryla

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