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GERMAN-CFP-L  December 2006

GERMAN-CFP-L December 2006

Subject:

CFP: Giving and Taking Offence (Portugal) (4/15/07; 6/21/07-6/22/07)

From:

Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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>From: "Anthony David Barker" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Giving and Taking Offence (Portugal) (4/15/07; 6/21/07-6/22/07)
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>CFP: "Giving and Taking Offence" (Portugal) (15/4/ 2007; 21- 22/6/2007)
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>Call for Papers
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>Proposed dates: 21st - 22nd June 2007
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>"Giving and Taking Offence"
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>Venue:  Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Aveiro,
>Portugal
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>""No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to
>elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence."  ~
>Thomas Carlyle, "Sir Walter Scott", in London and Westminster Review, 12
>November 1838
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>Recent events suggest that we live in an ever more offendable world. =
>Images of the Prophet, of Christ, of ourselves; words of the Pope, of =
>the Hungarian Prime Minister, the words and images of Mel Gibson, the =
>world-view of Borat, to mention just the most recent. Just as offence =
>can be advertently or inadvertently given, so it can be genuinely or =
>strategically taken.  When it is given and taken deliberately it is part =
>of an explicit process of relations of power. When it is inadvertently =
>given and taken, it is part of social or cultural misunderstanding (or =
>implicit relations of power).  This conference is deeply interested in =
>both processes.  If outrage comes from "tasting an impotence of which =
>being-named is the sign" (J.M. Coetzee) where can we go in a world where =
>there is no escape from the naming by others?=20
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>=20
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>We are told we live in a world of global communication, yet the tools of =
>communication, both technological and linguistic, are unevenly =
>distributed and unevenly mastered.  Lacking extensive knowledge of one =
>another both as individuals and as members of different national, =
>cultural and speech communities, we operate within unequal and =
>non-transparent fields.  Breakdowns, when they occur, can easily assume =
>an overheated emotional character.  This is especially the case if there =
>is a history of misunderstanding or disagreement.
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>=20
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>The conference will therefore examine the mechanics and outcomes of =
>giving and taking offence in cultural processes of all types, especially =
>at the points where interfaces occur between nations, cultures, =
>ethnicities, generations and the sexes: from current affairs to art, =
>from bioethics to language and pragmatics, from literature to sport, =
>from body politics to popular music.=20
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>It is proposed to hold a two-day conference on "Giving and Taking =
>Offence" at the Department of Languages and Cultures, University of =
>Aveiro, Portugal and we accordingly invite abstracts (maximum of 250 =
>words) for papers of up to 20 minutes duration in any of the areas =
>mentioned above, to be received before 15th April 2007.  Papers (and =
>abstracts) must be presented in either English or Portuguese; =
>notification of acceptance will be made by the end of April 2007.  The =
>names of keynote speakers will be announced shortly.
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>=20
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>Conference Enrolment Fee:   80 Euros
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>.....................................
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>Payment can be made by bank transfer to "Universidade de Aveiro", =
>account n=BA 00 35 0123 00097701930 10 or by cheque made out to =
>"Universidade de Aveiro" and sent to the organiser:
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>Prof. A.D. Barker,
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>Department of Languages and Cultures,
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>University of Aveiro,
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>3810-193 Aveiro,
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>Portugal.
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>E-mail: [log in to unmask]          
>Dept. fax:  00 351 234 370940
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>Dept. tel:  00 351 234 370358
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>Dept. e-mail: [log in to unmask]
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>

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