[Msa-discuss] Conference CFP: Beyond the Ruin: Investigating the Fragment in English Studies

Stamatina Dimakopoulou sdimakop at enl.uoa.gr
Mon Jan 16 18:45:01 EST 2017

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

“Beyond the Ruin: Investigating
the Fragment in English Studies”

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Apostolos Lampropoulos,  Université

Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow

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

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 (http://en.uoa.gr/)


The deadline for the submission of proposals for individual 20-minute
papers (250-300 words) and of proposals for panel sessions (no longer than
500 words) is March 31st, 2017. 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

Confirmation of acceptance: 30 April 2017


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
Dimakopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens),sdimakop at enl.uoa.gr
Mitsi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), emitsi at enl.uoa.gr


Conference Website: http://www.beyondtheruin.net


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




Σταματίνα Δημακοπούλου
Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια Αμερικανικής Λογοτεχνίας
και Πολιτισμού
Τομέας Λογοτεχνίας-Πολιτισμού
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και Φιλολογίας¨
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Εθνικό και Καποδιστριακό
Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών
Πανεπιστημιούπολη Ζωγράφου
15784 Αθήνα
(+30) 210 727 7382
Fax: (+30) 210 727



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