CFP: Ex-centric Narratives (Greece) (10/31/06; 3/15/07-3/18/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Eleftheria Arapoglou
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Hellenic Association for American Studies
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
School of English
  HELAAS Graduate Student International Conference Inaugural
March 15-18, 2007
  Ex-centric Narratives, Identity and Multivocality in Anglo-American Cultures
  The Hellenic Association for American Studies, and the Department of American Literature and Culture of the School of English of Aristotle University aim to bring together Greek and foreign graduate students (MA & PhD) as well as young scholars at the start of their careers from various fields and disciplines to a conference which is organized at the Aristotle University Campus.
  The conference, which is the first of its kind to be held in Greece, invites papers that address the concepts of de-centrism and ex-centrism within a globalized context where borders between the canonical and the other are being contested. Within this context, individual cultures and individual writers and artists are now viewed as participants in an intercultural and multiple exchange of experiences and perspectives in their attempt to move beyond "boundaries." With the peripheral having now become the center of contemporary culture, this conference is interested in examining cultural and literary diversity that have merged from the reciprocal traffic of ideas and influences between cultures, politics, aesthetics and disciplines with an emphasis on identity as a site of crisis and fragmentation.
  To investigate the newly created political and socio-cultural reality as well as the literary and artistic aesthetics, prospective participants are encouraged to contribute paper proposals relating to the conference theme, in the fields of literature, history, film, language, pedagogy, psychology, music, art, politics, economics, and law.
  Ex-centricity, identity and multivocality may be examined in relation to one of the suggested topics below, the list not being exhaustive.
   Personal Boundaries in the Negotiation of Identity
   Locality and Belonging
   Place and Identity
   Contested Landscapes/ Contested Narratives
   Local v/s transnational politics
   Setting boundaries – Transcending Boundaries; Spatial and Social Organization
   Ethnic Groups-Minorities- Immigration – Alienation –Exile
   Local vs. Global: Shifting Borders and Hybrid Identities
   Doppelganger metaphor /Otherness
   Polyphony vs. Authorial voices in politics/history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, journalism/law.
   Gender – Racial identity
   New Novels – Old Narratives
   Multileveledness – Politext - Hypertexts
   Postcolonial Narratives
   Cultural Preservations and Electronic Technologies
   Embodiment – Disembodiment
   World English
  Selected papers will be published in electronic and hard copy format.
  Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, for a 20 minute presentation and a short bio to the address below by October 31, 2006.
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"Ex-centric Narratives", 2007 HELAAS Graduate Conference,
School of English,
Department of American Literature and Culture,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Greece, 54 124
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