>From: Justin David Gifford <[log in to unmask]>
>Call for Papers:
>Truths, Lies and Representations
>UVa Graduate Conference 2003; April 11-12 2003
>AGAINST THE TYRANNY OF TRUTH. Even if we were mad enough
>to consider all of our opinions as truth, we should
>nevertheless not wish them alone to exist. I cannot say
>why we should ask for an autocracy and omnipotence of
>truth: it is sufficient for me to know that it is a
>great power. Truth, however, must meet with opposition
>and be able to fight, and we must be able to rest from it
>at times in falsehood otherwise truth will grow tiresome,
>powerless and insipid and will render us equally so.
> --Fredrich Nietzsche The Dawn of Day
>Since the death of the subject as a locus of meaning, the
>phenomena of the text have undergone dramatic revision
>from historical, gendered, sexual, and racial
>perspectives. This field of play has led many to cast
>these various camps as in a constant state of "semiotic
>guerilla warfare" battling for position, or a fallen
>tower of babel of rival voices. Given that we cannot
>return to an unproblematized master narrative, nor a
>consensus about our objects of study, how do we negotiate
>this perceived fracture? While the field of literary
>studies does not wish for an autocracy and omnipotence of
>truth, it seems necessary to ask the questions: how do we
>formulate the grounds for consensus? If we do indeed
>live in a state of manufactured, mediated and
>Machiavellian consent replete with false consciousness
>and the simulated, can a truth even be posited?
>The subject of the 12th Annual University of Virginia
>graduate conference will be to reevaluate claims of truth
>and falsity within the greater crisis of representation.
>Prospective participants will be invited to interrogate,
>reflect upon and present new perspectives on the field of
>literary study. As always, interdisciplinary and
>creative approaches to these issues are especially
>The 2003 University of Virginia graduate conference
>invites proposals for papers dealing with any of the
>following entry points:
>After deconstruction, can truth/ falsehood be determined?
>How do various textual forms (autobiography, biography,
>fiction, graphic media) affect our notion of the truth?
>What are the ludic or performative aspects of criticism?
>Do all critical endeavors aim to produce a truth?
>Do all texts present a moral framework?
>How does one's identity influence one's perception of the
>Does the production of discourse preclude the
>possibility of truth?
>Are all representations lies?
>What issues are raised by an author's representational border-crossing
>(across race, class, sexuality, gender)?
>Does truth figure in history?
>How do various historical periods represent truth/ lies?
>Does the fact that truth/ falsehood is contingent on
>representation make them unstable?
>Why have examinations of epistemology and ontology
>evaded questions of truth/falsehood?
>Does the discovery of the truth make any impact on the
>Please submit a one paragraph proposal and a brief
>biography by March 7th, 2003 to [log in to unmask] or
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