Friday, 25 February 2011

CFP - KCL English Department PG Conference - "Motion and space", 23rd May 2011

The Department of English Studies King’s College London has launched a CFP for their conference, "Motion and Space", to be held on Monday 23rd May.  (The keynote speaker will be Andrew Thacker from De Montfort University.)

Their blurb:

“Any person, brought into the presence of truth, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space”. - Léon Foucault

Motion and space are seemingly inseperable. Critical discussion of space shows that it is more than a pre-existing framework, and is actually subject to voluntary and involuntary interventions. Simultaneously, we are incessantly in motion, but does motion always occur in space?
Is there, contrary to L. Foucault’s statement, non-space or non-movement? How does space and motion regulate our perception of fiction, narration and the book? How is space and motion found, represented and negotiated within Englishe literature? What ideology impacts literary space?

Email abstracts to philippe.roesle@kcl.ac.uk, hannah.crumme@kcl.ac.uk by the 21st of March.

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