UPDATE-Deadline Extended-Second CFP-The Trace Conference

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University of Málaga, Spain

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 notion of the trace draws heavily on Jacques Derrida's early work in the 1970s. His interpretation of the trace emphasised erasure and the irretrievable nature of the past. In contrast to Derrida's view, other critics such as the phenomenologist Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Levinas have recently analysed the concept of the trace and its inherent possibilities of retrieval and recuperation, especially in the fields of ethics and historical interplay. 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. We invite papers that deal with the relevance of the trace in contemporary literature written in English, not only in terms of the in/visible presence of the past, i.e. the Victorian age, but also as providing the means for disciplinary boundary crossing of literature and other arts/fields of knowledge (painting, photography, music, architecture, medicine, science). 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 Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Ref. FFI2009-09242).

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, for 20-minute papers, 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 http://www.thetraceinliterature.com/cfp

Please note that the submission deadline has been extended to 25 April, 2011. Acceptance of papers will be notified by 30 June, 2011.

We are pleased to announce that we offer five bursaries to early career researchers and/or postgraduate/postdoctoral students who wish to present a paper. These bursaries cover free registration and they will be awarded on the basis of their academic CV.

How to apply for a bursary:

Once you have completed the online form and submitted your paper proposal via the Conference website, please do send us your academic CV (Word 97-2003 or PDF format) in attached file at thetraceinliterature@gmail.com and state in the subject line "Bursary".
Deadline: 25 April
Notification of decision: 30 June

For more information, please contact the Organising Committee at thetraceinliterature@gmail.com

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Organising Committee:

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