CFP: Text and Image: The Language of Images (10/1/06; CCSU, 3/29/07-3/30/07)

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CFP: Text and Image: The Language of Images (10/01/06;
CCSU, 03/29/07-03/30/07)

Text and Image Conference
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06050

The Language of Images, March 29-30, 2007

Central Connecticut State University and the English
Department invite proposals for their international,
interdisciplinary Text and Image Conference on "The
Language of Images" on March 29-30, 2007.

The goal of this conference is to provide a diachronic
and multidisciplinary exploration of the complex and
ever-evolving interaction between texts and images in
fields as diverse as literature, art, philosophy,
history, drama, sociology, tourism, cartography,
graphic design, and the media.
We welcome submissions that examine and challenge the
relationships between texts and images from a
historical, cultural, theoretical, and generic
perspective, while emphasizing the illuminating or
destabilizing effects of this interaction for the
reader/viewer. By analyzing texts that incorporate
visual images, or visual images that incorporate text,
participants are invited to consider the forms and
modalities that the debate on texts and images has
taken over time and space from its origins in the
Sister Arts tradition to the more recent discussions
of the proliferation of images in today's "pictorial
turn" or "visual culture." Submissions may emphasize,
for example, the textual components of images and the
graphical elements of texts according to the tradition
of "Ut Pictura Poesis," their joint nature as "signs"
according to semiotic tenets, or the fundamental
resistance of images to interpretation according to
poststructuralist theories. Proposals may also address
notions of truth, artifice, otherness, and
evidentiality. We encourage contributors to consider
the ambivalent reactions of iconophilia and
iconophobia that images seem to generate historically
and culturally, and to examine the interaction between
texts and images in terms of power and gender. Issues
of history, memory, trauma, and nostalgia may also be
addressed, while formal issues may be raised through
discussions of innovative "iconotextual" strategies
that attempt to break the boundaries between the
verbal and the visual. Whatever the focus, but
particularly in cases of ekphrasis – the verbal
representation of a visual representation –
submissions may use the interplay between texts and
images to provide a reflection on the limits of
representation, as well to re-think the very acts of
reading and viewing.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Literature and the Visual Arts:

- Literature and Photography
- Literature and Painting
- Literature and Film
- Literature and Maps
- Literature and Illustrations
- Literature and Cartoons
- Concrete Poetry
- Ekphrastic Poetry
- Graphic Novels
- Artist Books
- Hypertexts

Text and Image in Art

Text and Image in Drama

Text and Image in History

Text and Image in the Media

Text and Image in Cartography

Text and Image in Graphic Design

Text and Image in Tourism

Visual Sociology

The Theory of Text and Image

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short biography
as a Word attachment to

Submissions must be received by October 1, 2006.

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