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LINGUIST List 24.4876

Mon Dec 02 2013

Calls: English, Ling & Literature, Philosophy of Lang, Semantics, Applied Ling, General Ling/Canada

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Dec-2013
From: Dorota Lockyer <dlockyeralumni.ubc.ca>
Subject: Strangely Familiar: Reading and Recognition in English Studies
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Full Title: Strangely Familiar: Reading and Recognition in English Studies
Short Title: Endnotes 2014

Date: 16-May-2014 - 17-May-2014
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Person: Dorota Lockyer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://endnotes2014.wordpress.com

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

'Strangely Familiar' is the organizing theme for Endnotes 2014, the annual graduate conference of the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. This conference invites you to consider the 'strangely familiar' in literary, language, and interdisciplinary contexts.

Keynotes: Glenn Deer (UBC) and Laurel Brinton (UBC)

Call For Papers:

Strangely Familiar: Reading and Recognition in English Studies
Endnotes 2014
UBC English Graduate Conference
Green College, University of British Columbia
May 16 - 17, 2014

'Strangely Familiar' is the organizing theme for Endnotes 2014, the annual graduate conference of the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. This conference invites you to consider the 'strangely familiar' in literary, language, and interdisciplinary contexts.

What is the 'strangely familiar'? In 'Faking It: Poetics & Hybridity', Fred Wah outlines an emancipatory poetics of estrangement in which the 'strangely familiar,' as 'not quite what we expect, but familiar,' reveals the disruptive and paradigmatic valences of meaning-making processes. Wah's 'making strange' engages in an existing critical taxonomy of the strangely familiar that works at multiple dimensions - from word, to text, to context - to render the known unknown without necessarily making it unrecognizable. According to Bertolt Brecht, for example, the 'estrangement effect' can interrupt the common with the unexpected, only to make it more comprehensible. The disruption of sameness does not erase all traces of meaning; instead, the process exposes language's capacity to simultaneously obscure and reflect inherited significations. Thus, the strangely familiar offers an avenue into marriages and spectrums of local and foreign, central and marginal, legible and illegible, self and other, old and new.

Wah's poetics of estrangement is one invocation among many of the strangely familiar, which reemerges historically and across contexts. From Freudian psychoanalysis to Chomskian universal grammar, from Derridean différance to Bhabhaian hybridity, the implications of the strangely familiar exceed disciplinary boundaries and representational categories. How does the strangely familiar manifest in English studies and beyond? What does the strangely familiar reveal about points of intersection and contention between critical schools and disciplines? How does it gesture towards changes in and permeate subfields of English language and literature over time?

The simultaneous interrogation and reinvigoration of the known also motions towards the cultural production of knowledge. How is the strangely familiar taken up in various cultural modes and meaning-making processes? To what extent do media and communications technologies deploy or revitalize it? At what level is the strangely familiar freeing, as Wah describes, or restrictive? In what ways does a poetics of estrangement create or allow for complex relationships among layers of meaning? Extending into the resurging discussion of a politics of recognition and misrecognition, how do questions of ethics and power invoke the strangely familiar?

We encourage submissions across a variety of disciplines and approaches. Please send proposals to endnotesconferencegmail.com by Friday January 31, 2014. We welcome both traditional and non- traditional presentations of no longer than 20 minutes each.

Endnotes 2014 Committee
endnotes2014.wordpress.com
endnotesconferencegmail.com



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