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CFP: Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices [Oct 31, 2011; March 1-3, 2012]
full name / name of organization:
Nhora Serrano, California State University, Long Beach
47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
Plenary Speaker: Ilan Stavans
Special B-Word Public Lecture: An Evening with Azar Nafisi
“Freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have, or the views they express, or the words they speak or write.” ~ Hugo L. Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1963
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches” ~ Ray Bradubury, Fahrenheit 451
“Censorship is never over those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.” ~ Nadine Gordimer
“Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.” ~ Chuck Palahnuik
“Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art. “ ~ Pablo Picasso
Call for Papers
“Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices” is the 47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, artists, and practitioners from all walks of the arts and the academy, that aims to consider censorship in a broad scale across time periods, disciplines and languages. It seeks to examine literature, images, visual objects and mechanisms, the political and social events from diverse cultures, across national boundaries, and within global contexts.
Among the questions to be explored are:
* Banned Books and book burning
We invite proposals for papers that deal with the power and role of censorship and its relationship to the written and/or spoken word and other disciplines and methodologies. Participant from different fields -- literary theory and philosophy, political science, history, creative writing, aesthetics, film studies, art history and theory, theater, fine arts, graphic design, culture studies, visual and media studies, digital media and electronic arts, sociology, psychology, and cognitive science -- are invited to submit an abstract.
* Official Conference webpage: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/complit-classics/conferenc...
* In conjunction with the B-Word Project --a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB-- conference registrants will receive a $5 discount to attend a public lecture: “An Evening with Azar Nafisi.” The B-Word Project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Website: http://bwordproject.org/