Critical Theory: The Text and the World. Submission Deadline: 10 July, 2009/ Conference Date: Sept. 17, 2009

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Call for Papers:
Critical Theory: The Text and the World
September 17th 2009, University of Exeter
Keynote Speaker: Professor Colin MacCabe

Critical Theory: The Text and the World is a one-day Postgraduate conference designed to provide a venue for students and early-career academics to explore a multitude of critical approaches to literary and filmic texts. This event will provide a collaborative research forum which can direct contemporary debates in critical theory towards concrete socio-political issues. These issues include climate change, the global economic crisis and the war on terror.

This is a deliberately open-ended initiative which places emphasis upon the process rather than the product of the study of literary and filmic texts. Accordingly panels will be themed based on the nature of the theoretical intervention rather than by ostensible subject matter. This can be specific to individual theorists such as Derrida, Deleuze or Badiou, or based on theoretical schools of thought such as Marxism, psychoanalysis or eco-criticism.

Writers and texts need not be canonical and we actively encourage papers discussing writers, texts, theories and thinkers from around the world. We are especially interested in papers which address the current economic crisis and its theoretical analysis.

Whilst the majority of panels will follow the format of three 20 minute papers followed by questions, some of these panels will break with that traditional structure. For this second form of panel, participants will be asked to submit their papers in advance. These will be collated into the conference packs as well as being distributed amongst attendees prior to the event. On the day, these participants are invited to deliver a short commentary on their paper and the floor will be opened for discussion. The aim of this format is to prepare participants in advance thereby fostering active, in-depth and focused debate.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers (250-500 words) are invited by 10th July 2009. Please email abstracts and enquiries to Graham Matthews at email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or Lara Cox at