Word / Image / Culture, 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, November 11 - 13, 2010

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Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of West Georgia
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25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of West Georgia: November 11 – 13, 2010

We welcome submissions in all areas of the humanities, including foreign languages and literatures, English, creative writing, linguistics, cultural studies, the visual arts, theatre, music, philosophy and history. Papers, proposed performances, art installations or screenings may be submitted by scholars, writers, artists or performers and may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Conference participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to a special issue of JAISA: The Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the topic Word / Image / Culture as it intersects with:
• literary studies, including all periods and genres
• autofiction, hyper-fiction, digital literature, visual poetry, hypertext poetry, lettrism
• the visual arts, including film studies, photography and graphic design
• theatre, dance, music and performance art
• embodiment and gesture
• performance and performativity
• intermediality
• cultural studies
• gender studies and sexuality
• space, including verbal spaces, visual spaces and cultural spaces
• history and historiography
• pedagogical approaches
• psychology
• philosophy
• art and art history
• anthropology and archeology
• race, ethnicity, class, ethnography
• linguistics, including language and culture, language and gender, and language and identity
• geocriticism; geopoetics
• religion
• popular culture
• immigration, migration, displacement and diaspora
• postcolonial studies
• ecocriticism and environmental studies

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Carrie Noland (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine. She has published on European and avant-garde literary and artistic production, performance theory, phenomenology, and postcolonial poetry and poetics. Her books include Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures, Producing Culture (2009) Harvard U Press, Poetry at Stake: Literary Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology (1999) Princeton U Press and the co-edited volumes Migrations of Gesture with anthropologist Sally Ann Ness (2008) U of Minnesota Press and Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement with poet Barrett Watten (2009) Palgrave.

For individual proposals please submit a one-page abstract in English, French, German or Spanish via email to Dr. Lynn Anderson, landerso@westga.edu. Include the presenter's name, institution, email, phone and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation. Submissions for panels are especially welcome. For panel proposals please submit panel title, abstracts and contact information for all speakers and the panel moderator. Proposals are due by June 1, 2010. Visit http://www.westga.edu/forlangconf/ for details and updates.