>From: "Amanda E Irwin Wilkins ([log in to unmask])"@lists.sas.upenn.edu
>Subject: CFP: The Human and Its Others (10/1/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>ACLA '06: THE HUMAN AND ITS OTHERS
>American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference
>Princeton University, March 23-26, 2006
>ACLA 2006 will take place at Princeton University on March 23-26,
>2006 (Thursday evening through Sunday noon). Hosted by the
>Department of Comparative Literature, along with other Departments
>and Programs in the humanities and the creative arts, the conference
>will focus on a central theme, The Human and Its Others.
>What does it mean to be -- or not be -- "human?" In the long history
>of attempts to draw boundaries around the human, in efforts to
>define its mental, spiritual, physical, and linguistic
>particularities, as well as its ideals, its failures, and, in the
>view of some, its extinction in a 'posthuman' era, literature has
>encountered almost every other discipline and domain of experience.
>It has also participated in the creation of a series of "others"
>against which -- and whom -- the human has defined and measured
>itself. Looking to literary examples and theoretical distinctions,
>to changes through time and through cultures, to explanations
>arising from modern technologies as well as from ancient myths, we
>will highlight a range of questions: How does literature, along with
>the other creative arts, help define the human? How do definitions
>differ according to time and place? How elastic is the idea of the
>human? How has it been shaped by religion, politics, philosophy,
> economics, medicine, and technology? Against what images, ideas,
>dreams, and nightmares has it been defined and refined? And why does
>it seem to be a particularly pertinent, if not pressing, concern for
>us today? The conference invites discussion of these various issues
>as they have helped create our sense of literature, the
>"humanities," and, of course, the study of Comparative Literature.
>The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for seminars on
>any topic falling under the conference title's ample possibilities.
>The categories below provide some examples:
>Language and the Human
>Literature, the Arts, the Human
>The Renaissance Individual
>Literature and Human Rights
>Religion and the Human
>Space and Movement
>The Language of Animals
>Translation and Metamorphosis
>Media and the Human
>Gendering the Human
>The Invention of the Human
>Cyborgs and Automata
>Magic, Spirituality and the Human
>The Human and the Natural World.
>Philosophy, Literature and the Human
>Relativity and the Human
>The Humanistic Tradition
>Monsters and Angels
>Representing the 'subject'
>The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which
>most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two
>hours per day for the three days of the conference to foster
>extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet
>just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows
>each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample
>other seminars during the remaining time blocks. Previous conference
>programs that show this pattern are available online at
>www.acla.org. The conference also includes plenary sessions, a
>business meeting, a banquet, and other events.
>Proposals should be submitted to our website:
>www.princeton.edu/~acla06. The deadline for seminar proposals is
>October 1, 2005. Seminars will be posted as they are accepted in
>October, 2005. The deadline for individual paper proposals for these
>seminars is November 30, 2005.
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