CFP: Deja Vu: antiTHESIS Symposium (Australia) (5/5/06; 7/7/06)

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CFP: 'Déjà Vu' antiTHESIS Symposium (Australia)

Déjà Vu:
An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium

Friday July 7, 2006
Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne

'Déjà Vu' is a one-day symposium organised by the
editorial collective of antiTHESIS and postgraduates
in the Department of English with Cultural Studies at
the University of Melbourne.

The symposium will bring together postgraduate
scholars and creative writers from across Australia
for a day of interdisciplinary debate and academic

"What lies before me is my past"
— Oscar Wilde.

Defined as a form of paramnesia, déjà vu is a unique
sensation of the already known; a moment determined at
once by both remembrance and forgetting. Originating
in the nineteenth century, the concept resonates with
the philosophical treatment of memory by such notable
thinkers as Nietzsche, Freud, Walter Benjamin and
Henri Bergson. More recently, from the perspective of
late capitalism, postmodern theory has examined the
waning of historicity and the emergence of a permanent
present under globalisation. Other branches of thought
have also considered the development of new media
technologies and the disorientation of information
overload in 'real time.'

This conference offers a timely opportunity to revisit
the past, to collapse past and present, and to
reconsider our responses.

antiTHESIS invites papers which theorise, contemplate
or analyse déjà vu. Proposals are encouraged in
(though not restricted to) the following themes:
• commodity fetishism, cycles of commodities
• spectres of history in repetition and nostalgia
• transcending epistemological limits
• parody and pastiche
• reconstructions and reinventions of the past
• banality, monotony and the already known
• psychological and neural seizure
• resurrections and afterlives
• amnesia: gaps and margins
• technologies of reproduction and mass distraction
• rituals and liminal time

Proposals of no more than 250 words are sought for
twenty-minute papers addressing the theme of 'Déjà
Vu.' Please send abstracts in the text of an email
(not as an attachment) to by May 5, 2006. All
proposals will be considered and responded to by May
19, 2006.

'Déjà Vu' is the theme of volume 17 of antiTHESIS,
Australia's longest-running interdisciplinary
postgraduate journal. Presenters at the symposium will
be encouraged to submit their work for publication in
the fully refereed 2007 edition of the journal.

'The Event' is the theme of the recently published
2006 volume of antiTHESIS. Please see for more

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