I would like to inform you on the next European Association for Studies on Australia conference which will be hosted by our University of Presov (see call for papers attached), Slovakia. Presov is the city in East Slovakia, close to the Polish (80 kms), Hungarian (60 kms) and Ukrainian (80 kms) borders, there is some 230 kilometres from Presov to Oradea, Romania, too. I believe some of you will find the conference theme and location interesting, or at least will let your colleagues know/inform about the conference. So, I will be happy to welcome you all in Presov, Slovakia, see the attached call for papers,
Department of English language and Literature
University of Presov
17. novembra 1
11th Biennial European Association for Studies on
SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2011
Crossing the Borders: Reality, desire and Imagination in Australian,
In the Humanities “Reality” has become a contested term, given its dependence on widely-differing social and cultural contexts as well as on individuals’ perceptions of material and immaterial objects and phenomena. In recent times new technologies have significantly impacted upon the ways in which realities are produced, consumed and valued. From virtual, hyperreal, simulated and photoshopped realities through re-articulation of ideas of the “natural” via genetic and reproductive technologies, the instability of the concept of reality has ironically meant that its status as an ideological battleground has often emerged more clearly.
The nature and understanding of Australian,
With such attention focused on what was once a series of loosely-theorised assumptions, there is no going back to simple or simplistic national narratives. Nations, societies and cultures now exist multiply, necessitating the consideration of how realities are perceived, understood and represented by different constituencies. All this is well-accepted in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, but requires the factoring in of the connections between the increasingly cross-border real, imaginary and desired projections of the future generated by border-stretching media technologies and scientific discourses of the alterable and re-created self? How do these new technologies relate to the contemporary formation of
This inter-disciplinary and inter-discursive conference accordingly seeks to discuss but is not limited to issues and such themes as:
· Reality, desire, and imagination in Australian,
· National-Ethnic-Gendered-Local-Migrant perceptions of reality and the future
· Crossing the borders of Identity: how real, how imaginary?
· Crossing Reality Borders – Reality as Fiction, Fiction as Reality
· Colonial, Imperial, Colonized and Native Realities, Fantasies, Dreams and Imaginations
· Reality virtual, hyper-real, simulated and media(ted)
· Memory and storytelling – how real, how imagined?
· Real, Imagined, Dreamed and Mediated Objects and Phenomena-literature, memory, story-telling, media, technology (computers, internet, facebook, DVD, cell phones...) in contemporary culture
· Real and Imagined fears of reality and of terror (ism)
· Reality, desire and imagination across the genres (realistic-modernist-fantastic-postmodern and....?)
· Reality of the Possible and Actual Worlds- Actual, Fictional, Possible and Other Worlds in Literature and Arts
· Central and East European Vision of Australian, New
· Unified or diverse images of contemporary and future
Dobrez, Livio. (ed.). Identifying
Carter, Paul. “Baroque Identities: Migration and Mimicry”. In Dobrez, 1-14.
Ashcroft, Bill & John Salter. “‘
Dobrez, Livio. “Being Australian: Identity, Identities and Traces of Identities”. In Dobrez, 25-46.
All these topics can be treated from interdisciplinary and/or interdiscursive perspectives,calling upon disciplinary areas such as Cultural, Gender, Indigenous, Sociology, Philosophy, Media and Film, History, Literary, Linguistics, Art or other relevant Studies. The conference will also host writers (to be announced) who will be reading from their work during the conference.
One of the aims of the conference is to attract doctoral scholars from Central and Eastern Europe to exchange views on Australian,
As has become a tradition of this conference, there will be a meeting and a seminar for post-graduate students dealing with these fields of study. This is still provisional, and is based around lectures and reading specific texts. The seminar may be taken as part of university studies equivalent to a course with a particular number of credits, to be acknowledged by participants’ institutions. Doctoral students are further encouraged to present their papers at the conference (these presentations will not coincide with the seminar programme which will be conceived as a separate activity).
BOOK PRESENTATIONS, BOOK LAUNCHES,
Writers, conference participants, or representatives of publishers will have the opportunity to present their works at the conference.
Please e-mail 250-word abstracts to Jaroslav Kušnír
firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30, 2011.
Acceptance of papers will be announced by April 30th, 2011
(participants requiring earlier processing may send in abstracts when ready, indicating their specific needs in this respect)
1 June, 2011 Registration (at early bird fee)
15 July, 2011 Deadline for full registration
Jaroslav Kušnír (
Howard Wolf (
Anton Pokrivčák (
Silvia Pokrivčáková (
Eva Pavličková (
Magdaléna Rázusová (
Eva Eddy (
Anna Ritlyová (University of Prešov, Slovakia)
Miloš Blahút (
Ivan Štrba (
Michal Tatarko (