CALL FOR PANEL CONTRIBUTIONS
University of Stirling 19-20 July 2005
We are looking for contributors to a small number of panels at the
forthcoming conference on Textual Culture, University of Stirling, 19-20
The plenary speakers are Roger Chartier, John Frow, Peter D. McDonald, Cliff
Siskin, Lawrence Rainey, Kim Schrøder, Rita Copeland, Alastair Minnis, Leah
Price, Bill Warner, and Ron Scollon. This is a unique gathering of critics
and thinkers of this importance.
The aim of the conference is to announce a new area of intellectual enquiry
within the discipline of English Studies. This area is only beginning to be
defined: it is situated within the interstices between intellectual history,
literary criticism, critical theory, discourse analysis, history of the
book, and publishing-as-process. It does not have an allegiance to a single
disciplinary area, and it contests the boundaries and traditions of existing
The future shape of Textual Culture is still unknown. Our aim is that the
conference will be largely exploratory, and that it will generate a new
series of questions that will set the future agenda for 'textual culture'
and 'literature and technology', both within Britain and internationally. So
we need a sharing of ideas, a process in which we can all participate, in
order to give shape to an emerging discipline. The conference will also
inaugurate a new Master's Degree, the M.Litt. in Textual Culture (the first
of its kind in the Britain), and the Stirling Centre for Textual Culture,
Literature and Technology.
The conference will depart from the conventional format. Instead of a few
plenaries and large numbers of concurrent separate sessions, we have decided
to make the conference a much more tightly-focussed affair. All the sessions
will be plenary, in order to generate as much joint discussion as possible.
There will be three large panels with short contributions as well as the
longer, formal plenary papers. This should ensure that the quality and
excitement of the dialogue, with everyone attending all the sessions, will
be very high.
We invite panel contributions for the following topics:
* what is a text?
* circuits of culture: production, reception, markets, regulation
We expect each contributor to speak for 5 minutes in turn before the topic
is opened to the audience for questions and comments. We will post all
abstracts on the conference website (currently under construction:
www.textualculture.stir.ac.uk) well before the conference and we will invite
anyone to respond to them on the website. We hope this will generate
dialogue before the conference begins.
There will also be a concluding panel, in which the plenary speakers will
respond briefly to the concerns of the conference.
If you are interested in contributing to one of the panels, please send us a
brief abstract (up to 200 words) by 11 June 2004 to:
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