Fri, April 3, 2009 • Department of French and Italian
The UT-Austin French and Italian Graduate Student Association proudly announces the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference at the Department of French and Italian, University of Texas at Austin on April 3-4, 2009.This conference aims to evaluate conceptions of identity in Italy, France, the Francophone world and the Italian Diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. Participants are asked to address identities in states of transformation both throughout history as well as through the optic of more recent developments such as Decolonization, Globalization, Americanization, Postcolonial and post-1989 Migrations and European Union expansion. We aim to go beyond national frameworks by investigating transnational and regional contexts and to encourage a critical debate of the very notion of identity as a discursive category. Participants are asked to address questions of identity in the fields of literature and linguistics, music, film, art and popular culture.
The keynote speaker will be Dominic Thomas, Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Thomas is author of Black France: Colonialism, Immigration and Transnationalism (2006) and Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa (2002).
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Immigration, Migration and Exile - Youth Culture/Hip-hop/slang - Cross-cultural contacts - Extra-territorial identities: Diaspora, Creolity, Mediterranean culture, rhizomatic contacts - Linguistic Identity, multilingualism - Second Language Acquisition and cultural competence - Homogenous versus hybrid linguistic identities - Regional languages and cultures in France and Italy - Genre and national identity: novels, epics, etc. - Postcolonial, national and transnational identities - Film and literature as cultural medium/national artifact - Sexual Citizenship and Gendered Identities - Quests for identity: Narratives of travel or wandering - Identity Onscreen: the representation of nation, ethnicity, gender and the body - Memory and Identity: collaboration and resistance - Underground culture, transgressive identities - Globalization and its discontents - Authors between "French" and "Francophone" - Nationalism, integration and minority cultures - Censorship and identity - The outsider in literature and culture - "Barbarians at the Gate": Identity as opposition and Otherness - Hybrid Genres, Hybrid Identities: Complexifying identity through music, film and/or visual arts
To be considered, paper proposals, in French, English or Italian, should include: A 200-300 word abstract Your name Mailing address Email address University affiliation
Deadline for submission is December 12th, 2008. Please email paper proposals as a Word document or PDF attachment to: Michael Gott, firstname.lastname@example.org