CFP: [Graduate] Postgraduate Conference, University of Stirling

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Exploding the Canon
Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Department of English Studies, University of Stirling
24th- 25th May 2008

Plenary Speakers:
Dr Darryl Jones, Trinity College Dublin
Prof Bill Marshall, University of Glasgow

Call for Papers
In the past three decades, the canon of “great literature” and “great
art” has expanded, shifted and changed. No longer primarily a list of
privileged, white men, the 21st century -canon has carved out spaces for
women, gay, lesbian, working-class, postcolonial, and multicultural
writers and artists. Even though the hegemony of canonicity is being
dismantled by the inclusion of minor or subaltern discourses, the study
of the “most important” or “most representative” works continues to
anchor academic investigations of literatures and art. Yet what gets
privileged and how, or, alternatively, what remains silent (or is
silenced) in scholarly study? How do the choices made by educational,
publishing and research institutions both maintain and deconstruct the
canon? In what way are selection processes influenced by the cultural and
socio-political context at a given time? And in which ways can academic
research re-align and problematise the critical treatment of the canon?
This conference aims to foster discussion and understanding of canonicity
in scholarly settings. While its overall focus is literary, we welcome
contributions from a breadth of research areas including, but not limited

Book History and Textual Culture
Modern Languages and Translation
Publishing Studies
Film and Media Studies
Religious & Medieval Studies
The Gothic
Queer and Feminist Studies
Popular culture
Subaltern historiography & Postcolonial Studies

Papers that present problems and questions rather than absolute
conclusions are welcome. We are looking for submissions from fellow
postgraduate students and academics at the start of their careers. Please
send abstracts of 250-300 words for a 20 minute presentation plus brief
biographical details to Amy Palko, Kerstin Pfeiffer, and Brian Rock at by Friday 21st March, 2008.
Deadline for conference registration, whether presenting a paper or
attending, is Friday 25th April, 2008. See for further details.

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