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.
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
email@example.com 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, 2009 Registration (at early bird fee)
15 July, 2009 Deadline for full registration
doc. PhDr. Jaroslav Kušnír, PhD.
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