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>From: Maria del Pilar Blanco <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Ghosts and the Academic Seance 
>(Sweden) (10/15/05; Space, Haunting, Discourse, 
>6/15/06-6/18/06)
>
>"Ghosts and the Academic S╚ance" panel
>Space, Haunting, Discourse conference, Karlstad University, Karlstad,
>Sweden
>15-18 June 2006
>
>What do weˇas academicsˇbelieve in when we believe in ghosts?  These
>phenomena, which can be found in practically every aspect of popular
>culture, from horror films to tabloids to reality TV shows, are often
>dismissed by enlightened minds as incredible superstitions.  As
>academics with a genuine curiosity, we try to understand the issues of
>ghosts and haunting through more ýlegitimateţ theoretical mediums, the
>most popular being psychoanalysis and the frameworks of the uncanny and
>the return of the repressed.  But are our readings of haunting to be
>always conceived through the lens of repressed psychic desires?  Can
>they overcome the borders and boundaries of the individual and
>collective unconscious?  Can the strangeness of ghosts be something
>other than uncanny?  What are other ways of approaching these beings-
>in/of-repetition? 
>
>If ghosts are studied in terms of the spaces they occupy, we can
>problematize haunting by grounding the ghost, understanding it through
>a sense of place.  If a ghost occupies a place, dialectical discourses
>can emerge between the pasts and the presents of locations, the living
>and dead landscapes.  In this panel, we seek approaches that
>investigate hauntings through conjugations of methodologiesˇ
>intersections of historical, literary and political discoursesˇto
>create new readings of the persistence of ghosts in our culture. 
>
>We also invite papers that discuss the problems surrounding the
>different methodologies used to approach haunting in literature, film,
>and historical narratives from different periods and national
>traditions.  We  encourage submissions from all disciplines that
>challenge previously used theoretical frameworks in search of new ways
>of understanding these strange and fascinating intersections of pasts
>and presents.
>
>Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length.  The deadline for
>submission is October 15, 2005.  Please send them to Mar╠a del Pilar
>Blanco, [log in to unmask]
>
>Conference website: http://www.kk.kau.se/eng/conf/space/index.html
>

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