Facing the Other in the Absence of Theory, Spetember 30-October 2, 2010

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Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, Montenegro
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To some this title may seem paradoxical or too daunting as human cognition starts with the very opening of the eyes. If we have established that our approach to the phenomena that are other is always unavoidably a matter of semiosis, and that even in an attempt to naturalize phenomenology, like that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who points to the corporeity of consciousness as much as an intentionality of the body, it appears that our most negligible movements present our cultural being or habituality (Cf. Iris Young, Throwing Like a Girl, 1990, 2005). However, many authors have claimed (for example, the novelist D. H. Lawrence or philosopher Luce Iragary) that we know by touch and intuition. How do we approach these issues today living in an essentially post-theory world? Has twentieth century theory left us clear directions of where we are supposed to be looking for new ways of understanding and representing the phenomenological?

We invite scholars to join us in the consideration of these intriguing issues at the Sixth International Conference on English Language and Literary Studies, Facing the Other in the Absence of Theory. Your views on this lofty goal are greatly anticipated.

The conference will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2010 at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro, Nikšić, Montenegro.

Our key-note lectures will be renowned scholars
Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, and
Adrian Frazier, the Director of the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies and the MA in Writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Please send your applications to Marija Knežević (marijak@t-com.me) or Aleksandra Nikčević Batrićević (alexmontenegro@t-com.me) by April 15, 2010. Your applications should contain an abstract no longer than 300 words (with up to 10 key words) and a short CV.