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Misfits, Outcasts, and Exiles: Reading the Margins (March 2-3, 2012)
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LSU Department of French Studies Graduate Association
Misfits, Outcasts and Exiles: Reading the Margins
Il n’y a pas pire enfer que le silence de la marginalité. (Noël Mamère, Ma République, 1999)
Si mes respectables et bons confrères veulent continuer à me marginer, tout ira bien. (Voltaire, lettre à Duclos, 1761)
The 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference will be hosted by the Department of French Studies at Louisiana State University. We invite contributions exploring the dynamics between society’s norms and margins in French and Francophone cultures. The question of origins, functions and consequences of social laws are particularly relevant today in societies divided against each other and within themselves. The relationship between inclusion and exclusion—between communities and their misfits, outcasts, and exiles—determines social hierarchy, marginalizing those who do not or cannot conform, leaving them with limited social power, vulnerable to exploitation. This marginalization is heterogeneous; norms and ways of coping with them are very diverse. To acquire the rights and opportunities of inclusion, outsiders must often assimilate a new identity, lending them social recognition but separating them from their original identity. Art, music, literature and even dialects are symptoms of this heterogeneity; they offer diverse venues through which people can affirm their own identity and express not only the manifest reality of exclusion (education, unemployment, segregation) but the hidden psychical processes and effects of integration or non-conformity.
We solicit abstracts in French or English that address literature, linguistics, philosophy, sociology, comparative literature, pedagogical practices, art, anthropology, politics or criticism in any period or genre relating to French and Francophone studies. We also welcome relevant creative submissions (poetry, prose, music, film).
Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org with
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