The 13th Annual Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies held on March 7, 2009 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities calls for papers relating to the theme "Performing Violence: Re-creating the â€śOtherâ€? across Space and Ages". Abstracts Due: Nov 31, 2008.
13th Annual Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies
March 7, 2009 - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Performing Violence: Re-creating the â€śOtherâ€? across Space and Ages
Violence is often thought of in terms of destruction, trauma, and displacement. We will reframe the question by looking at what violence itself does or showsâ€”its performance or execution. This symposium is centered first of all on how violence transforms the nexus of social relations, identity, and differences that constitute a particular community. The events and aftershocks of conquest and post-coloniality inform and reshape notions of cultural, ethical, and aesthetic standards by forcing the acknowledgment and incorporation of otherness into the domain of social discourses. Secondly, we consider how discoursesâ€”oral, textual, imagistic, linguistic, cinematic, performative, or otherâ€”often enact violence as agents of socio-political, cultural, and/or ideological change. Rather than merely depicting the image of violence in a static, detached fashion, discursive violence may also serve as a rhetorical embodiment of the â€śotherâ€™sâ€? confrontational position that exists simultaneously within and beyond the limits of normative representation.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
rhetoric of â€śothernessâ€?
identity, space, and nation in â€śpost-modernityâ€?
theatricality and violence of representation
the politics of sacrifice and public spectacle
relationships of dominant/minority languages
baroque and neo-baroque manifestations of cultural difference and/or dissent
violence and metamorphosis
evolutions and revolutions
the bifurcated self, alienation, the self as â€śotherâ€?
vision and hearing: the limits of representation
Please send proposals for submissions, including your name, affiliation, contact information, paper title, and 150-word abstract to email@example.com by November 31, 2008.