CFP: Legitimating Cultures, Cultures of Legitimacy (Romania) (5/15/06; 11/23/06-11/25/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Christian Moraru C_MORARU
contact email: 
c_moraru@uncg.edu

LEGITIMATING CULTURES, CULTURES OF LEGITIMACY:=20
AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Bucharest University, Romania

November 23-25, 2006

Organizers:=20

Mircea Martin, Bucharest University, Romania=20
Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for addressing issues=20
related to the notion of ?legitimacy? across discourses, cultural=20
practices, and traditions. We are primarily interested in papers=20
theorizing the construction and representation of the ?legitimate? in=20
particular contexts.=20

Presenters are encouraged to raise questions such as: How do cultures=20
(specific cultures, cultural genres, or products) legitimate themselves at =

one point or another? How do their legitimating strategies and rhetorics=20
change and why? What are the factors involved? What is the dynamic of=20
cognate terms such as ?legitimate,? ?valid,? ?acceptable,? ?relevant,? and =

?reliable?? What roles have they played historically in the manufacturing=20
of authority, in the makeup of power overall? How does authority=20
legitimate?authorize?itself, and what are the specific protocols in play=20
here? Further, how does authority (political, cultural, and otherwise)=20
deal with de-legitimating attempts? How does it cover-up its=20
?questionable? nature and how vulnerable is it to illegitimacy charges?=20
How do discourses and artifacts ?justify? themselves as they claim to be=20
?ideology-free?? How have identity and cultural studies helped complicate=20
?legitimate? if reductive representations of race, gender, ethnicity, and=20
sexuality? Why are such concerns (il)legitimate? Who decides what is=20
?justifiable? or ?arbitrary,? what ?makes sense??because it ?plays by the=20
rules??and what does not, who speaks ?with authority? and who fails to do=20
so?

Send 200-word abstracts by May 15, 2006 to:

Mircea Martin, Bucharest University (proposals from Europe), at:
mircea=5Fmartin_at_yahoo.com

OR

Christian Moraru, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (proposals from =

non-European countries), at: c=5Fmoraru_at_uncg.edu

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CHRISTIAN MORARU
Associate Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory
Director of Graduate Studies
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Department of English
132A McIver Building, UNCG, PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-3564
Fax: (336) 334-3281
c=5Fmoraru_at_uncg.edu
http://www.uncg.edu/~c=5Fmoraru/index.html

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cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches