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>From: "nicky agate" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Everyday Life (grad) (12/15/06; 2/16/07-2/17/07)
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>The Department of French at New York University announces its annual =20
>Graduate Conference, =93Un/Common Experience: The Dross and the Glory =20=
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>of Everyday Life=94.
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>February 16-17, 2007
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>=93How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.=94Annie =20=
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>Dillard, The Writing Life
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>   =93How are we to speak of these =91common things,=92 how to track them =
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>down rather, flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they =20
>remain mired, how to give them a meaning, a tongue, to let them, =20
>finally, speak of what is, of what we are?=94 Georges Perec, Species of =20=
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>Places and Other Pieces
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>The everyday is far from ordinary: within the banal lurks the =20
>sublime, the familiar masks the strange.  But does the quotidian =20
>confine, define or liberate us?
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>Everyday life studies have taught us to find the extraordinary in the =20=
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>ordinary, to seek out the common denominator within the existing =20
>systems of our society, thereby allowing us to decode the present =20
>while also opening a window onto the past.  The theory of everyday =20
>life is not, however, applicable only in the domain of the modern =20
>world.  An analysis of everyday life can occur at all levels of =20
>civilization and is not only linked to the existence of the modern =20
>subject.  How, then, across the ages, have individuals confronted the =20=
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>paradox of daily life in order to more fully understand their place =20
>within a larger societal institution, whether that be family, =20
>community, or country?
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>The aim of this conference is to explore the ways in which everyday =20
>life has been experienced, mythologized and ignored from the Middle =20
>Ages to the present day.  How is this everydayness negotiated through =20=
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>writing and art?  How are its effects rendered by literature, =20
>history, sociology or anthropology?  By what means, using what =20
>language, to what end?
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>We invite graduate students of all disciplines to present 15-minute =20
>papers addressing the theme of everyday life within the context of =20
>French and Francophone literary and cultural studies.  200 word =20
>abstracts should be submitted to nyufrenchconferenceATgmail.com by =20
>December 15, 2006.  Papers and abstracts may be in French or English.
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>Selected papers will be considered for publication.
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>Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
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>The individual: biography, autobiography, memoir, personal journals, =20
>epistolarity
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>Community: ethnography, travel, customs, leisure
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>Political culture: conflict, violence, resistance
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>Cycles: routine, ritual, revolution, evolution
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>Consumption: fashion, art, comestibles, fetish
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>Corporality: scatology, sexuality, illness
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>Language: linguistic innovation, onomastics, dialogue
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>Dream: utopia, mythology, distraction, ennui=

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