[UPDATE]: Dept. of French Studies Graduate Student Conference - LSU - March 12-13, 2010

full name / name of organization: 
LSU Department of French Studies Graduate Association

Significant Readings: 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference at
Louisiana State University
The 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the Department of French
Studies at Louisiana State University, aims to explore the continued importance of
signs and symbols in French literature and linguistics. In what ways are signs and
symbols used in language to represent/distort or maintain/subvert the status quo?
How have certain symbols evolved throughout French literary history? How do
symbols reflect cultural ideals?
We welcome abstracts of 250‐300 words in French or English discussing any aspect of the conference
topic including, but not limited to, the following:
• Semiotics
• Signposts
• Literary metaphors
• Representations
• Archetypal characters
• Language (standard or non‐standard)
• Physical signs
• L'Ecriture féminine
• (False) Signatures
• L'Argot
• Tropes
• Symbolism/Symbolist Movement
• Bilingualism
• Cognitive/linguistic metaphors
• Baudrillard
• Barthes
• Saussure
• Visual Culture
• Authorship/Imitation
• Cultural Technologies
• Masquerade
• Bourdieu
• Reproduction
• Icons/Iconography
• Fetishism
Please send your abstract by January 5, 2010 to frenchconference@gmail.com.
Please write "2010 Abstract" in the subject line. The conference will take place on
the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, LA, March 5‐6/12‐13/19‐20, 2010.