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>Subject: CFP: Insiders and Outsiders (grad) (6/15/07; 9/21/07-9/22/07)
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>?INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS?
>An Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students
>Department of Romance Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
>September 21-22, 2007
>The graduate students of the Romance Studies department at Duke University are
>pleased to invite submissions for their fifth annual interdisciplinary
>conference. The conference will bring together graduate students from a wide
>variety of disciplines whose work engages questions of inclusion and
>In order to encourage a truly interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, we welcome
>papers in fields including, but certainly not limited to: literary studies,
>political science, cultural anthropology, philosophy, Latin American studies,
>art history, language studies, women's studies, history, film
>theory, media studies, musicology, European studies, and psychology.
>We hope to
>initiate meaningful conversation through an exploration of various problems
>posed by inclusion and exclusion.
>Papers could engage questions such as:
>? How are so-called ?underground? texts (literature, film, music, etc.)
>and their authors affected by mainstream approval? Why might an author/artist
>choose to stay ?underground??
>? To what degree is the dynamic of citizen participation and exclusion
>fundamental to the existence of the nation-state?
>? What is "inside" a text, and what is "outside"? How do
>marginal notes, early
>drafts, a writer's biography, her correspondence, etc., relate to
>? What are the stakes of membership in a religious, political, social, or
>ethnic group? Of exclusion? What is at stake when a non-member
>becomes a member
>of these groups (or vice versa)?
>? Higher education: bastion of the elite or motor of social advancement?
>? Is the distinction between ?insiders and outsiders? a false dichotomy?
>What are some ways this distinction might break down? Is there such a thing as
>an intermediate or liminal position?
>? How does technology unite or divide people?
>? What is the relationship between works in the literary or
>and marginal, dissident or apocryphal works?
>? How are so-called ?minor? languages?languages spoken by minority
>groups inside countries like Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, etc.?faring
>in artistic/literary production?
>? Does a language?s status as a minority dialect confer special status on
>those who speak/write it? Or does such status doom a language?s speakers to
>existence on the margins?
>? How do peripheries define the center (and vice versa)?
>? How do public spaces (museums, monuments, parks, etc.)
>baptize the citizen
>into the national family? What are the implications of presence in or absence
>from such places?
>? In an age that has seen increasing globalization and the
>advent of "virtual
>space," what is the significance of national/regional boundaries? Are
>boundaries, and hence categories like ?citizen,? ?resident,?
>?immigrant,? etc. losing their relevance?
>Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to
>[log in to unmask] Abstracts must be submitted in English. In
>order to facilitate discussion across the disciplines, presentations will also
>be made in English. Presentations will last 12-15 minutes. With your
>submission, please include on a separate page your name, institutional
>affiliation, phone number, street address, email address, and a brief
>biographical sketch focusing on your academic work. Deadline for submissions
>is June 15.
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