[Msa-discuss] Beyond the Ruin / Investigating the Fragment CFP Extended Deadline

Stamatina Dimakopoulou sdimakop at enl.uoa.gr
Wed Apr 5 06:37:25 EDT 2017

Dear MSA Members,

The deadline for submission of abstract for the forthcoming
conference Beyond the Ruin / Investigating the Fragment (Athens) has been
extended until 23 April 2017



10th International Conference of the Hellenic Association for
the Study of English (HASE)
National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens
Department of English Language and
23-25 November 2017

“Beyond the Ruin: Investigating the Fragment in English

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Apostolos Lampropoulos,
Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Carl Lavery, University of
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Julian Wolfreys,
University of Portsmouth

Call for Papers

The ruin and the fragment have enduring, interconnected, yet also
distinct legacies, as historical realities, material and/or aesthetic
objects, and as categories of thought. The ruin predominantly recalls a
classical or distant past, and is valued as a silent yet privileged ground
for the reconstruction of the past. On the other hand, the fragment is
primarily a conceptual category and a stylistic form, a metonymy of
nostalgic wholeness, and a metaphor of and for a modernity that
contemplates wholeness as irreversibly lost. In response to historical
vicissitudes, the literary and the artistic imagination turned to the
fragment in all its forms, as an expression of dislocation, fragmentation,
and fragmentariness in modernity. In the wake of the ruin of
representation in postmodernism, ruins and fragments may operate as tropes
of relatedness and separation, discontinuity and destruction, uniqueness
and multiplicity, open-endedness and incompleteness. Whether literal or
metaphorical, ruins and fragments bear dualities that are continually
recuperated and revisited as they speak of creation and destruction,
recovery and silence, memory and forgetting, war and catastrophe,
classicism and avant-gardism.

As divisions and conflicting notions about our past and our present are
now tokens of our own despair; as quests to restore an illusory wholeness
persist; as the tension between the timeless and the crumbling is becoming
all the more manifest; as violence and uncertainty are all around us; as
ruins make invisible vulnerability visible, this conference invites
reflection on the histories, theorisations, and representations of
fragments and ruins in Anglophone literatures and cultures.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

Reception, representations, and the significance of ruins through the
The dialectic between the ruin and the monument
Fragments and ruins in travel writing
The ruin as metaphor/metonymy
Fragments, ruins and incompleteness
The (un)timeliness of the ruin: silence, erasure, and memory
Ruins and melancholia
Fragmented states of consciousness
Colonial and postcolonial ruins and fragments
Cultural appropriation, recovery, and/or destruction of ruins
Narratives of destruction and catastrophe
Fragments, ruins as palimpsests
The ruin and/or fragment as spectacle
Morality, ethics, responsibility, solidarity vis-à-vis the ruin
The (un)ethics and the politics of material and cultural devastation
Terrorism as/and the creation of ruins
Textual fragmentation and contemporary literature
The fragment in new technologies and the media

The conference will be held at the Main Building of the University of Athens

The deadline for the submission of proposals for individual
20-minute papers (200-250 words) and of proposals for panel sessions (no
longer than 500 words) is March 31st, 2017.

Call for papers – Extended deadline: 23 April

Please send a short biographical note (circa 150 words) together with
your proposal.
Prospective panel organisers should also send the
panelists’ names, paper titles, and short bio notes for each panelist and
their contact details.
Confirmation of acceptance: 30 April
Proposals should be sent
to: haseconference2017 at gmail.com

Conference Organisers:
Emmanouil Aretoulakis (National
and Kapodistrian University of Athens), emmareto at enl.uoa.gr
Despotopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens),
adespoto at enl.uoa.gr
Stamatina Dimakopoulou (National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens),sdimakop at enl.uoa.gr
Efterpi Mitsi (National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens), emitsi at enl.uoa.gr

With all good wishes


--Stamatina Dimakopoulou--
Department of
English Language and Literature
National and Kapodistrian University of
157 84 Athens, Greece
Tel.: (+30) 210 727 7382
Fax: (+30)
210 727




Σταματίνα Δημακοπούλου
Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια Αμερικανικής
Λογοτεχνίας και Πολιτισμού
Τομέας Λογοτεχνίας-Πολιτισμού
Αγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας¨
Φιλοσοφική Σχολή
Εθνικό και
Καποδιστριακό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών
Πανεπιστημιούπολη Ζωγράφου
Τηλ (+30) 210 727 7382
Fax: (+30) 210 727


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