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Call for Proposals: Narratives of Selfhood and Ambivalence

17 May 2021 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hosted online by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), the symposium (October 1-2, 2021) will focus on “Narratives of Selfhood and Ambivalence” in contemporary works of literature, film, visual art and hybrid media (artist books, photo-texts, bande dessinée, internet-based media, etc.), from 1980 to the present. This online event is aimed at an international audience, welcoming presentations from postgraduate students and early career researchers (ECRs) working across the Modern Languages.

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Postcolonial narratives of exile and identity fragmentation
  • Multilingualism and identification through language 
  • Representations of gender-fluid experiences 
  • Transgressive portrayals of the self or resistance to normative notions of identity (in relation to culture, class, sex, gender)
  • Corporeal alienation (triggered by traumatic experiences and/or memories, sexual violence, etc.)
  • Self-representation through hybrid media and/or genre
  • Autofictions and/as formal ambivalence
  • Authorial posturing and rhetorical ambivalence
  • Ambivalence as a trope in character development 
  • Resistance to hermeneutic stability and resolution in genre or narrative 

For individual proposals of 15 minutes, please send a 250-word abstract prior to 31 May, with a short author bio, to Françoise Campbell (francoise.l.a.campbell@gmail.com) and Beth Kearney (b.kearney@uq.edu.au). For panel proposals of 45 minutes (three speakers), please send a 500-word summary outlining all papers.

See attached file for more information:Call for Papers Narratives of Selfhood and Ambivalence Postgraduate and ECR Symposium at the IMLR .docx

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