"Negotiation & Renegotiation" Graduate Student Conference, March 1-2, 2013

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IU Department of French & Italian
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This conference will examine the themes of Negotiation and Renegotiation in any area of French or Italian Studies. We shall examine such questions as: How do authors negotiate between seemingly
conflicting themes or positions? How do texts negotiate between genres, periods, and styles? How do speakers negotiate meaning within and across languages/dialects? How do language learners negotiate acquisition?

We invite papers addressing the conference theme from a variety of perspectives within French and Italian studies and in related disciplines (art history, music, history, etc.):
Conflict and Resolution
Inflexibility/Failure to compromise
Politics in Language and Literature
Authors on Trial and Censorship
Negotiating Negotiations
Negotiation of Collective Memory
Negotiation of Textual Space and
Paratext (typography and marginalia)
Negotiation of Identity (national,
regional, gender, linguistic)
Negotiation of Boundaries (genres,
linguistic, geographical, gender)
Hybridity (of language, ideology, etc) as
a result of negotiation
Negotiation between dominant cultural
forces and 'the Other'
Monstrosity and the Human
Negotiating the Past
Language Contact
Second Language Acquisition

Keynote speakers
French Linguistics- TBA
French Literature- Julia Douthwaite
Italian Literature- TBA

We invite those interested in our theme to submit an abstract (300 words maximum) by email to iufritgsoconf@gmail.com by January 31, 2013. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Papers may be submitted in English, French or Italian. Please include your institutional affiliation, contact information and a brief biography focusing on your work along with your abstract.