Love Figures: Amorous Figuration or the "In-Love" figure. University of Montreal, May 1-2. CFP deadline March 14 .

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Annual graduate student conference on the theme: the figures of love as means to express language or knowledge.

Considered an emotion or a virtue, an idea, a blessing or a disgrace, love opens and shuts gates, builds houses and cities but does not refrain from crushing them, rigging them with its own dynamite and contemplating the slaughter from afar – or from so close it burns with the actual structure.

Pondering on love, we could not bring ourselves to a stop – too many ideas, directions, pathways and junctions: thinking about Ovid, his Art of Love and his Cure for Love, these two opposites that may not be so, as Love is sometimes an ailment to be cured of, while to love, actively, is more akin to an art.

This contextualization actually zeroes in on how much love enables thought and speech. Hence, for lack of a consensus, we came to the figures of love. Figures of love, indeed, but also what love figures out and creates. Travelling through Auerbach's reflections on figura, Buber's dialogue, Deleuze and Guattari's conceptual characters and the authors who enabled us, or so we hope, to leave behind love as a banality, we'll attempt to dive into the delicate complexity of the amorous feeling, which is rather spoken, howled or whispered.

In a time when being in love has become a sort of character flaw – when pronouncing even its name appears painful – a diminishing affliction, we want to try thinking, fighting and searching; is there still something to understand from those clichés? Isn't it still possible to love, to create, even where poetry has left? Isn't there still a way to comprehend through love, from love? This is what we are inviting you to reflect on collectively.

Please send us your conference proposition, maximum 250 words, to:, before March 14, 2014.
The proceedings will be published in Post-Scriptum's Fall 2014 edition.

The topics can be chosen from, but not limited to:

Love as cliché;
Comic love, the romantic comedy;
The amorous dialogue as a form of knowledge;
Loving to death, madly in love... what understanding of the metaphors?;
The woman in love, demonic figure;
On faces, portraits and love;
The rhetorics of romance;
Symbolism of the heart, from the pump to the card suit;
Language as an experience of love.