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 Second Circular : February 1992


 With special attention to the Multicultural Context

 Tuesday 8 September - Friday 11 September 1992
 Gent University, Belgium

 writing and reading literature,
 oral literary traditions,
 dialogic text,
 non-literary narratives,
 discourse theory,
 literature as social practice,
 etc., etc., etc.

 keynote speakers:

 David BIRCH (Murdoch, Australia)

 Martin MONTGOMERY (Strathclyde, Scotland)

 Elinor OCHS (Los Angeles, USA)


Pala's principal aim is to encourage cooperation between
scholars and teachers interested in language and/or literary
studies. The interests of PALA members are wide, and this is
reflected in papers given at PALA conferences. Interests of
members include: stylistics, literary theory, the teaching of
language and literature, critical linguistics, pragmatics,
discours analysis, textual understanding, rhetoric,
narratology, semiotic approaches to text and performance,
sociolinguistics, cultural studies, post-structuralist theory;
in short, any theme which has relevance to the study and
teaching of language and literature and their role in society.


To highlight the currently expanding field of discours
studies, the 1992 conference has as its core theme 'Literature
and the Analysis of Discourse, with special attention to the
Multicultural Context'. Papers covering interests as wide as
the processes of writing and reading literature, the analysis
of dialogic text, oral literary traditions, the relationship
between literary and non-literary discourse, discourse theory
and literary communication as social practice have all been
proposed, as well as those dealing specifically with the
writing and reading of literature in a multilingual and/or
multicultural context.


Gent University is of the city type; there is no campus, and
university buildings are dotted around the town. Conference
sessions will take place in the Hoveniersberg, overlooking the
Bovenschelde in one of the quiet parts of town.


Conference sessions will start on the morning of the Wednesday
and last a full three days. It is envisaged that most
participants will arrive and register on the Tuesday evening.
Our provisional programme looks like this :

Tuedsday 8 Sept 15.00 onwards : registration

Wednesday 9 Sept 08.30 - 09.30 : late registration
 09.45 : opening of conference
 10.00 - 18.00 : conference sessions
 18.30 : pre-booked dinner
 20.15 : drinks reception

Thursday 10 Sept 08.30 - 18.00 : conference sessions
 18.30 : PALA AGM
 20.00 : pre-booked dinner

Friday 11 Sept 08.30 - 17.00 : conference sessions
 17.15 : wind-up session
 evening : activities to be arranged

There will be continuous coffee, tea, etc. throughout the
conference sessions.


Rooms in the Vermeylen student hall of residence, a couple of
hundred metres from the conference centre, are available to
all participants. It is possible to book rooms for several
nights either side of the conference dates. The price on the
registration form includes breakfast. Unfortunately, no double
rooms are available.

If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend the
Arcade Hotel (Nederkouter, 9000 Gent; tel. 32-91-25.07.07),
which is only 10 minutes' walk from the conference centre.
Alternatively, you can contact the Gent Tourist Office
(Meersstraat 138, 9000 Gent; tel. 32-91-25.35.55).


Breakfast will be served in the Overpoort, the university
eating complex next door to the Vermeylen. Lunch and supper is
also available there to conference participants, as are snacks
throughout the day.

There will be no single 'conference dinner' as such, but to
make it easier for participants to meet each other, we are
arranging dinners for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings in
the university restaurant. These have to be pre-booked.


Gent (population around 230,000) is a historic Flemish city,
the first in Europe to declare itself independent of feudal
control. It has a plethora of medieval vistas and bridges and
is thus entitled to compete with Bruges and Amsterdam for the
title of 'Venice of the North'. It is also a busy industrial
city and the commercial and administrative centre for East
Flanders. The first language is Flemish/Dutch (depending on
one's sociolinguistic viewpoint) but nearly every-body can use
both English and French with at least some degree of fluency.

There are numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs near the
conference area (including two good vegetarian restaurants),
many of which stay open well into the small hours. Prices are
cheap by northern European standards.

For those wishing to combine the conference with a visit to
Gent and the surrounding area, you may like to know that a
train can take you in less than an hour to Bruges, Brussels,
Antwerp or the Belgian coast. You can even get into the
Ardennes or to Paris within a few hours.


To attend the conference, fill in the registration form and
return it, with payment, by 1st May. Confirmation of
registration and details of arrangements will be sent in the
third circular to those who have registered, but if you have
any enquiries, contact Jim O'Driscoll or Stef Slembrouck at
Seminarie voor Engelse Taalkunde, Universiteit Gent, Rozier
44, B-9000 Gent, Belgium (Tel: 32-91-64.37.88/89/90; Fax:
32-91-64.41.95; e-mail PALA92ENGLLANG.RUG.AC.BE).


PALA 92 Gent University


Surname ________________________________________

First Name(s) ______________________________________

Address _________________________________________


Affiliation ________________________________________

I will participate in the conference and enclose a Eurocheque
(or have arranged direct transfer to the PALA account in
Belgium) to cover :

(tick as appropriate)

PALA member conference fee (BF 1000) ______
non-member conference fee (BF 2000) ______
student conference fee (BF 600) ______

dinner on 9th September (BF 500) ______
dinner on 10th September (BF 500) ______

accommodation for Tue 8th September (BF 525) ______
accommodation for Wed 9th September (BF 525) ______
accommodation for Thu 10th September (BF 525) ______
accommodation for Fri 11th September (BF 525) ______
accommodation for (specify) (BF ) ______

fee for international money transfer or
cheque other than Eurocheques* (BF 300) ______

I therefore enclose (or have transferred) a total of BF______

I would like lacto-vegetarian/vegan food for the dinner(s) I
have booked _____

 Signature ________________

Please return to PALA Conference 1992, Seminarie voor Engelse
Taalkunde, Universiteit Gent, Rozier 44, B-9000 Gent, Belgium

The final date for registration is 1st May 1992.

*. Note that all payments must be made in Belgian francs.
Cheques should be made payable to 'PALA Conference 1992'.
A single Eurocheque must not be of more than BF 7,000.
International money transfers should be sent via 'Swift',
quoting our bank's Swift number (BBRU BE BB 900) and our
account number: BBL 390-0959358-83. If you have any problems
with either method of payment, please contact the organizers.
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