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>From: "Matt Hackler" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Memory in Literature and Culture (grad) (10/31/06; 4/20/07)
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>Call for Papers
>6th Annual Louisiana Graduate Conference on Language and Literature
>April 20-21, 2007
>Hilton Garden Inn
>Lafayette, Louisiana
>Keynote Speaker: Andrei Codrescu, Renowned Poet, Essayist, and NPR Commentator
>Closing Speaker: Emily Toth, The ChronicleŪs Ms. Mentor and Author of _Inside
>Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious_
>Conference includes a professional development workshop and a night of
>authentic Louisiana music
>
>English.louisiana.edu/gradconf/index.shtml
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>Conference Theme:
>žThe Borders of Memory: The Created Past in Literature and CultureÓ
>
>The past year has been one of tremendous change for the Gulf Coast region.
>The landfalls of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September,
>respectively, decimated large sections of South Louisiana as well as the Texas
>and Mississippi coasts. In the months since, the people of the region have
>seen the dispersal of their neighbors and families, the leveling of their
>communities, and the threatened destruction of their cultures.  The response
>of so many, from journalists to poets, from essayists to the people who called
>the inundated communities home, has been to seek solace in memory.  Memory has
>always played a powerful role in the aftermath of change.  In the wake of such
>catastrophe, however, perhaps memory and our concepts of the past need to be
>reexamined. 
>In many ways, literature and other forms of cultural communication serve as
>repositories of memory.  At once individual and communal, literature,
>traditions, and language function as carriers of memory between generations
>and across cultural boundaries.  Through them, we not only revisit the past
>but we also find common ground on which to imagine a future.  The role of
>memory is at the very center of so much of what we say and how we say it.  In
>memoir, the author invites the reader into her own lived experience. In
>folklore, traditions serve as links between a cultural group and its
>understanding of its past.  In language, words and word meanings are colored
>by the memories of its speakers. 
>In the face of change, memory takes perhaps its most potent forms.  The force
>of memory shapes the way we see and respond to conflict and change, from the
>way we make meaning out of immigration and large population shifts, increasing
>globalization, and the transformation of communities through industrial change
>to how we understand cultural conflict in the žwarsÓ on terror and on drugs,
>and even in the changing definitions of terms such as žcitizenÓ and žalien,Ó
>žeastÓ and žwest.Ó  The Sixth Annual Louisiana Conference on Language and
>Literature will provide a forum in which the 
>force of memory may be interrogated.
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>Submission of Abstracts
>
>The Louisiana Graduate Conference on Language and Literature is a national
>event bringing together graduate students from across the Humanities and
>Social Sciences.  It provides a healthy and welcoming environment for graduate
>student research as well as an enjoyable weekend of networking and cultural
>experience.
>
>We welcome submissions of 300-500-word abstracts on topics in language and
>literature.  Abstracts which deal in some way with the concept of memory are
>particularly welcome and will be given priority consideration, but papers on
>any topic will be considered.  We welcome submissions in the following areas:
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>Literary Studies
>Rhetoric and composition
>Creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama)
>Folklore
>Linguistics
>Modern Languages
>History
>Cultural and American Studies
>Gender Studies
>
>Send abstracts to [log in to unmask]  Deadline for submissions is
>October 31, 2006. Please include in your email your name, title (if
>applicable), school affiliation, A/V requirements, email address, and phone
>number. For academic papers, please include žAcademic Conference SubmissionÓ
>in the subject line of your email.  For creative works, please include
>žCreative Conference SubmissionÓ in the subject line.
>
>Panel submissions are also welcome. Panels should include four presenters.
>Please submit panel abstracts together along with a panel proposal explaining
>the panel theme and the way in which each abstract addresses this theme.
>
>Notice of acceptance will be sent by November 15, 2006.
>
>Darrell Bourque Award
>
>Presenters may choose to have their papers considered for the Darrell Bourque
>Award, a cash award given to the most outstanding conference paper. For
>information on submission deadlines for the Darrell Bourque Award, please
>visit our website.
>
>Visit us online at English.louisiana.edu/gradconf/index.shtml.

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