Rupture Symposium 6 June 2011 (abstracts due February 1, 2011)

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The Division of English / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a one-day international postgraduate symposium on the subject of "rupture" in literature on 6 June 2011.

While the geographies and politics of "space" and "place" have attracted much discussion, this symposium seeks attention on the idea and act of rupture — narratological, psychological, theoretical, cultural, etc. — and the concomitant effects of unsettlement and disjunction among other things on narrative structure, motifs, trajectory. We welcome papers exploring any range of connotations and ramifications of "rupture" in texts in relation to concepts including but not limited to:

--Aesthetics, ethics, theoretical/literary/philosophical models and movements.
--Narrative, genre, textual, visual studies.
--Identities, subjectivities, bodies, gender, sexuality.
-- Family, religion, history, folk lore, mythology.
-- Diaspora and postcolonial studies, marginal and regional literatures.
--Travel, settlement, resettlement; nature-writing, eco-criticism.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute-papers or 500 words for 60 minute-panels (of three speakers) with a brief biographical note to no later than 1 Feb 2011. Please include your full name and institutional affiliation in your email. Notifications will be sent out by 1 March 2011 (or earlier, for those who need official letters of invitation to seek funding from their home institutions). Details about registration costs, travel grants, and accommodation advice will be available on the symposium website soon.