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Call of Papers

20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium
Hotel 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 human-animal@usfca.edu before August 31, 2010. Please include a 150 - 200 word abstract for each paper, as well as the author’s contact information.

Conference Organizers

Anne Mairesse, University of San Francisco
Anne Simon, Chargée de Recherche au CNRS, Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage, CRAL-EHESS, Paris.

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