CFP: [Graduate] University of Victoria Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Tara Thomson
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“Talking out the Trash”

We are pleased to invite proposals for an inter-disciplinary graduate
student conference organized by the English Department at the University of
Victoria, to be held on March 14-15, 2008.

The theme for the 2008 conference is “Talking out the Trash.” We are
interested in papers that investigate how trash becomes treasure â€" or the
reverse â€" how the once salvaged discard can become rare, and how rarity
adds value. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

* the value (or lack thereof) of “low culture” and/or kitsch
* the concept of nostalgia, especially for those things that have been
swept under the rug
* ideas and products that are rejected, abjected, or dejected
* refuse, particularly what is refused, when and why
* the resurfacing of that which might have been once marginalized
* junk, “trash” talk, and the “litter”ary

We welcome 20-minute papers from a variety of disciplines that address the
overarching themes of the conference. Proposals of 250 words, including
your name, address, email address, telephone number, and university
affiliation, should be sent to tst(at) by January 15, 2008. Only
email submissions will be accepted.

For further information please see the conference website at

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