The Nature of Consciousness in Canada (ACCUTE Conference, Waterloo, ON, Canada, 28-31 May 2012 - deadline Nov. 1/11)

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Marc Andre Fortin / Queen's University
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The history of consciousness is the history of the evolution of culture across millennia, between biological forms, and amongst societies. The theoretical ideas and representations of consciousness are expressed through such disciplines and phenomena as literature, art, religion, science, death, mysticism, and technology - to name only a few – and are often divisive in regards to age, gender, (dis)ability, animality, and materiality. And yet, what existence means, and what it means to exist, shifts within cultures and time periods from the numerous internal and external forces, both natural and technological, that shape and create the individual, society, the past and the future, as well as the artistic and creative products, and cultural events that take place within the boundaries placed around living and non-living matter. The focus of this panel will thus be broad in scope in that it acknowledges the radical conceptual extenuation of consciousness to non-traditionally associated subjects and seeks to critique the genres, narratives, and literary practices that express the meaning of existence. Papers will engage with the question of how the literatures of Canada have represented consciousness in any and all of its forms across all literary periods in Canada.

Send a 700 word proposal (or 8-10 page double-spaced paper), a 100 word abstract, a 50 word biographical statement, and the submitter information form found at to by November 1st.