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From: Beate PERREY <[log in to unmask]>

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>CALL FOR PAPERS
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>In(ter)discipline: New Languages for Criticism
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>An International Conference
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>19-21 September 2003
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>University of Cambridge, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social
>Sciences, and Humanities Sidney Sussex College, UK
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>This conference aims to stimulate discussion about the kinds of
>critical languages used within the scholarly as well as the public
>sphere, and the linguistic challenge that represents an increasingly
>interdisciplinary research culture within the modern Humanities.
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>The question as to what kind of language(s) a critic choses to use is
>intimately connected to ideas about the purpose and readership of
>critical writing. Given the conventions of professional critical
>prose in academia, critics are often expected to give weight to
>handed-down knowledge, to questions of origin, and to historical,
>cultural, and social context. Often they are encouraged to avoid a
>personal style of writing. Might a more immediate and individualized
>response, possibly in the spirit of a 'close reading', lead to a
>better kind of critical writing that would send the reader back to
>the art work, to look at it, read it or listen to it again, with a
>heightened sense of understanding and - more crucially -
>responsiveness and enjoyment? Or is the outcome of such an approach
>likely to be atomism? As regards interdisciplinary work, are the
>languages used in the different specialisms transposable from one
>field into another? Or do we need a meta-language? What are the
>advantages as well as the difficulties and risks when using different
>methods and modes of analysis?
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>Many of our invited speakers have made powerful statements in this
>respect through the very nature of their work. In(ter)discipline
>offers an exceptional opportunity to debate these and other
>approaches and to examine the significance of language in criticism.
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>Confirmed Speakers are:
>*      Mieke Bal (literature and art criticism), Amsterdam
>*      Gillian Beer (English literary studies), Cambridge
>*      John Berger (art criticism), France
>*      Malcolm Bowie (European literary and psychoanalytic studies), Cambridge
>*      Gabriele Brandstetter (dance criticism), Basel
>*      Elisabeth Bronfen (American literary studies and
>psychoanalytic theory), Zurich
>*      Scott Burnham (music theory), Princeton
>*      Friedrich Kittler (aesthetics and history of media), Berlin
>*      Laurence Kramer (musicology), New York City
>*      Simon McBurney (theatre), London
>*      Beate Perrey (music, poetry, psychoanalytic theory), Cambridge
>*      Adam Phillips (psychoanalysis), London
>*      Peter Szendy (musicology), Paris
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>Proposals for papers addressing issues of in(ter)disciplinary
>scholarship and writing are now invited from younger as well as
>senior members of any humanities or arts discipline or practice.
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>Please send proposals not exceeding 300 words plus a brief
>biographical note to Dr Beate Perrey via e-mail [log in to unmask], or
>fax (+44)1223 765276, or post (see below)
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>DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: MONDAY 30 JUNE 2003
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>NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: MONDAY 7 JULY 2003.
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>Papers by conference speakers as well as a selection of proposed
>papers that could not be accommodated in the conference will be
>published in a book.
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>This conference forms part of the long-term research programme New
>Languages for Criticism: Cross-currents and Resistances, co-directed
>by Prof. Dame Gillian Beer, Prof. Malcolm Bowie and Dr Beate Perrey,
>and sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences
>and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge.
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>For more information and to register, please visit the project
>website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/projects/newlangs.html
>For practical details about the conference, please contact Mary-Rose
>Cheadle at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and
>Humanities, University of Cambridge, Old Press Site, Silver Street,
>Cambridge, CB3 9EW, tel: 01223-765279, email:
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>Dr Beate J Perrey
>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
>University of Cambridge
>http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/projects/newlangs.html
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>University College London
>Psychoanalysis Unit
>Department of Clinical Health and Psychology
>Room 539, 5th Floor
>1-19 Torrington Place
>London WC1E 7HJ
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