Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium
Westin San Francis
San Francisco, CA
March 30-April 2, 2011.
Historical and ecological catastrophes, industrialization of the
living, epizooties, trendy pet adoptions, biological and ethological
discoveries converge to draw an uncanny cartography of the relations
between humans and animals. This remapping of the divide between
humanity and animality is central to today’s philosophical, scientific,
social and ethical debates. In concert with such intellectual
manifestations, contemporary literary and artistic creation is
multiplying the kinds of gazes leveled on this relationship
reformulating the oppositional stance between animals and humans.
Animals, defined by their tendency to flee, and reputedly mute, along
with the native animality of humans in relation to the world, are all a
challenge for language and creativity. Can literary procedures
restitute animal worlds and languages? How is the animalization of a
political group or an individual to be reported? What approaches to life
from the beginning of the 20th Century are still noticeable today?
These are few of the many questions which inspire and nurture all
reflections about the relation between humanity and animality.
Possible Fields of Studies
Animal-Becoming; Anthropocentrism; Anthropomorphism; Bestiality,
Savagery; Biology, Genetic, Ethology; Cinema, Cultural Studies;
Darwinism; Domestication, Hunting, Industrialization; Ecology; Ethics;
Humanimality, Species; Worlds, Languages, Animal Subjects; Monsters,
Parasites, Hybrids; Beyond Nature and Culture; Reconfigurations of the
Human and the Living; Contemporary Generic Replacements; Human Sciences
and Literature; Human-Animal Studies ; Suffering, Empathy; Territories,
Deterritorialisations; Utopia, Dystopia.
Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Other
related topics will be considered.
Proposals for complete panels and individual papers, in French or
English, must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
before August 31, 2010. Please include a 150 - 200
word abstract for each paper, as well as the author’s contact
Anne Mairesse, University of San Francisco
Anne Simon, Chargée de
Recherche au CNRS, Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage,
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