19-20 September 2012
The University of Bristol and the University of Exeter, in partnership with the Bristol Institute for the Research of Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA), the Society for Italian Studies (SIS) and the Society for French Studies (SFS), are pleased to announce this conference.
‘Reconfigurations’ is an upcoming graduate conference that will explore ideas and themes around figure, change and transformation across a wide breadth of modern language disciplines. The conference is a collaboration between the universities of Bristol and Exeter, and seeks to gather together current postgraduate and early career researchers working across the fields of literature, linguistics and the arts. It offers an excellent opportunity for researchers to present their work in a critically engaged forum of fellow modern languages students as well as established keynote speakers (Dr Kate Griffiths, University of Cardiff, more to be announced).
‘Reconfigurations’ comes at an important time in modern language studies. As well as cementing an important co-institutional relationship, it will raise important questions about the evolution of literature and the function of aesthetics in the structure, delivery and reception of meaning. This might pose questions of artistic or linguistic form, or perhaps delve into more specific topics such as medieval depictions of the transfiguration of Christ or representations of the disfigurement of First World War veterans.
We welcome proposals from graduate and postdoctoral students working in all areas associated with the study of Modern Languages, including, but not limited to, literature, film, media, linguistics, philosophy, politics, and visual cultures. Papers submitted for the conference may explore some of the following themes:
Abstracts of 200-300 words, along with any other enquiries, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 31 March 2012. A limited number of travel bursaries are available.