CFP: Oral-Written Interface (12/31/06; 6/19/08-6/21/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Susan Gingell
contact email: 

Call for Proposals for "The Oral, The Written, and Other Verbal Media:
Interfaces and Audiences": A Conference and Festival

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University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 19-21,


The organizers of the first international, interdisciplinary,
cross-cultural, and trans-historical conference and festival focusing on
the interface of the oral and the written invite proposals for
participation. In keeping with the plenitude of modes and forms of oral
and textual discourse, the organizers will welcome diverse modes of
presentation, including, but not limited to, oral performances, academic
talks and panels, readers' theatre (dramatized readings of scholarly
dialogues), workshops, and projects-in-progress sessions. Our goal is to
generate conversations among performers, audiences, and scholars,
including graduate students, from a wide range of academic disciplines,
cultures, and historical periods, and to foster opportunities for
collaboration among those interested in speech and other voicings on the
page. Because Saskatoon is located in a territory highly populated with
Indigenous peoples whose oral traditions are still vital and developing,
the festival will highlight Aboriginal performers in a Crow Hop Café
featuring storytelling, Indigenous Hip Hop, music, and other oral

Are you studying legal contracts in medieval Europe as they move from
the oral to the written, or Indigenous treaty narratives from
decolonizing parts of the world? Are you asking what happens to oral
stories when they are transmuted into fiction, drama, printed poetry, or
visual media? Are you trying to reconstruct the oral delivery of sermons
or epics on the basis of their printed forms? Are you working with
Elders on the transcription of oral narratives, and would you like to
discuss successes and obstacles in a workshop with others engaged or
interested in this sort of work? Are you an oral storyteller/keeper or
dub or spoken word poet interested in talking about your practice with
scholars? Do you have other ideas for workshops related to the
conference and festival theme? If you see your work reflected in these
or related questions, please contact us.

Other issues and topics that might be addressed:

· aesthetics, ethics, & politics at the interface of the oral & the written

· the body &/or gender at the interface of the oral & the written

· contesting writing's empire

· memory and commemoration at the interface of the oral and the written

· oral occasions, contexts, circumstances & modes of public address as represented in writing

· oral and written poetics & modes of meaning-making

· orality, textuality, & authority; orality, textuality, & modernity

· orature, writing, and genre: sacred narratives, proverbs, jokes, ballads, sagas, legends, folklore, sermons, oratory, & disputations

· recording oral narratives for community histories or school curriculum

· translation/transcreation of orature

· the oral and the written in visual arts

· strategies for textualizing the oral

· what audiences are well or ill served by textualizing the oral


Please forward inquiries and proposals (300-500 words) by 31 December 2006 to either of


Professor Susan Gingell Professor Neal Mcleod

Department of English Department of Indigenous Studies

University of Saskatchewan First People's House of Learning

Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 5A5 Peter Gzowski College Enweying Building

                                                                            1600 West Bank Drive

                                                                            Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8







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