CFP: Questioning Interdisciplinarity (France) (1/30/07; 9/28/07-9/29/07)

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"Questioning Interdisciplinarity"

Nancy-Université (France)
28-29 September 2007
Organized by IDEA (Interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones)

Renewed CFP

The goal of this conference is to launch a debate on interdisciplinarity
within the field of English studies in France. It follows a preliminary
meeting organized by IDEA in February 2006, which laid some of the
theoretical and practical groundwork for this reflection.
It is common today to claim to be interdisciplinary in the social and human
sciences in general and in the study of foreign languages and cultures,
traditionally organized in France around three axes (literature,
civilization, and linguistics). It is much less common to reflect on what
is meant by "interdisciplinarity", both as a set of critical or theoretical
postulates and as a range of practices in teaching and research. The
juxtaposition of disciplinarily distinctive points of view, the opening up
of reflection, notably in studies of the English-speaking world, to related
fields at colloquia or in the tables of contents of academic works, is
practically "de rigueur" these days. But this inter- or pluridisciplinary
imperative (one could almost call it a doxology) can also mask the renewal
of disciplinary demarcations, the reproduction of the same under the cover
of a project to which it is all the more appealing to adhere if it does not
call into question existing practices and ways of thinking.
Papers, in French or in English, could focus on theoretical models or on
practices of interdisciplinarity (e.g., the links between inter- and
pluridisciplinarity; the relations between disciplines, such as linguistics
and literature, and fields; the transfer of methods and concepts between
disciplines and fields). Papers could examine French, European, or
Anglo-American intellectual or institutional frameworks or the relations
between them.

Please send your proposals to the members of the organizing committee by 30
January 2007 to:

André Kaenel
<>, Richard
Samin <>, or
Claire Omhovère

Département d'anglais
Université Nancy 2
BP 3397
23, Bd Albert 1er
54015 Nancy Cédex
Tel: 03 83 96 70 45
Fax: 03 83 96 70 19

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