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GERMAN-CFP-L  February 2011

GERMAN-CFP-L February 2011

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CFP: Autobiography Conference (Cork, Ireland, September 2-3, 2011, Deadline: April 4, 2011)

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Call for Papers

Technologies of the Self: New Departures in Self-Inscription
University College Cork, 2-3 September 2011

Confirmed Key-Note Speaker: Professor Patricia Clough (CUNY)

There are contesting versions of autobiography. We’ve travelled far since
Georges Gusdorf traced the origins of autobiography back to the origins of
language itself, saying “the very first man who set out to speak and write his
name inaugurated a new mode of human presence in the world. Beginning with
the very first one, any inscription is an inscription of the self.” Philippe Lejeune
was more circumspect in placing Rousseau in the vanguard of self-
representational writing, and reading the Confessions as marking the
emergence of specifically modern concept of selfhood in the Enlightenment
period. But in the same year as the publication of Lejeune’s Le Pacte
Autobiographique (1975), Roland Barthes published Roland Barthes par Roland
Barthes which signaled the end of the classical Enlightenment subject of
autobiography, and the beginning of a radical autobiographical practice. Michel
Foucault’s work on self-surveillance within structures of coercion opened up
further vistas.

The last ten years have introduced a further element to this debate: in an era
in which self-expression has undergone an exponential growth fuelled by
technological innovation, most importantly, perhaps, the creation of an
internet that hosts an ever-increasing number of blogs, tweets, personal
webpages and other forms of audiovisual self-expression such as YouTube, it
seems timely to think again about the phenomenon of writing, filming,
recording and, indeed, publishing or publicizing the self: what innovations in
self inscription have recent decades witnessed, what continuities and
discontinuities can be traced, what changes in attitudes to the self and to
self-revelation or exposure have been witnessed, how have developments in
the channels of broadcasting altered how, what and why we engage in
various, if always elusive acts of self-expression, are there now new
practitioners of self-inscription because of these changes, and, finally, with so
many outlets and such a market for narratives of self, how is such material
consumed?

The organizers of this conference on self inscription invite papers that
consider new media, film, the avant-garde and new theoretical approaches to
autobiography that are post-Lejeune. The call particularly welcomes, but is
not restricted to, papers on the following themes:

• New theories of autobiography: Thinking beyond Lejeune
• Technologies and self-inscription: The internet and new media innovations
• The avant-garde: Experimentation and the changing boundaries of the Self
• On-line writing and freedom of expression: The blogosphere as political third space
• Auto-ethnographies: New ways of recording the Self in its sociocultural context
• Issues of veridicality
• Consuming selves: The appetite for self expression

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to [log in to unmask] by 4
April 2011.

Patrick Crowley, Kerstin Fest, Rachel MagShamhráin, and Laura Rascaroli
Conference website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/german/events/selfinscription/

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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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