CFP: Rediscovering and Revitalizing the Artifact (12/6/06 & 1/12/06; 3/16/07-3/18/07)

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Spring Cleaning:
Rediscovering and Revitalizing the Artifact
University of Calgary Free Exchange Graduate Conference
16-18 March 2007
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History is of the essence, true, but she can also be a bully.
                                -Noah Richler
                                This is my Country, What¡¦s Yours?

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his
little home¡K. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below
and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its
spirit of divine discontent and longing.
                                -Kenneth Grahame
                                The Wind in the Willows.

The study of the artifact should not remain inextricably linked to
history. We are asking potential participants to search in familiar as
well as new locations for objects previously lost or forgotten. Search in
Jacques Derrida¡¦s archive or Robert Kroetsch¡¦s Canada. Items may be
found between the layers of Michel Foucault¡¦s archaeology or Peggy
Phelan¡¦s cultural memory. We can¡¦t remember where or how we left them;
they could be anywhere, doing anything. We only ask that you re-envision
these relics and breathe new life into them.

Suggested topics for panels or papers include, but are not limited to, the
ľ artifact as metaphor/metonym
ľ the rhetoric of artifact
ľ embodying the artifact
ľ the absence of the artifact
ľ object(ing) to the artifact
ľ the digital artifact
ľ the manuscript or text as artifact
ľ the history or theory of artifact/the artifact as history or theory
ľ the (en)graven artifact
ƒæ variations on ¡§artifact¡¨ (art(i)fact; art/fact; the art of fact)

Please send your 500 word proposals for panels or papers in electronic
format (Word documents and Rich Text Files only) to one of the conference
chairs. The deadline for panels is December 6, 2006. The deadline for
papers for the general call is January 12, 2006. A call for papers for
established panels will be forthcoming. Early submission is encouraged.

Owen Percy Robyn Read
PhD Student PhD Student
Department of English Department of English
University of Calgary University of Calgary

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