21.3378, Calls: General Ling, Socioling/Tunisia

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Subject: 21.3378, Calls: General Ling, Socioling/Tunisia

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Date: 23-Aug-2010
From: Chokri Smaoui < smaoui2002 at yahoo.com >
Subject: Deviation(s)

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:10:15
From: Chokri Smaoui [smaoui2002 at yahoo.com]
Subject: Deviation(s)

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Full Title: Deviation(s) 

Date: 06-Apr-2011 - 08-Apr-2011
Location: Sfax, Tunisia 
Contact Person: Chokri Smaoui
Meeting Email: deviation.conference at yahoo.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2010 

Meeting Description:

University of Sfax, Tunisia
Faculty of Letters and Humanities

The English Department and the Research Unit in Discourse Analysis 
(GRAD) jointly organise on 6-8 April 2011 an international conference on: 

Call For Papers

The way language is structured as a system of communication and 
representation with a repertoire of given possibilities shows the extent of its 
unavoidable participation in the constitution of discourses of power and their 
subjects. These discourses define our relationship with the world through 
different forms of subjection, deceptively presented as norms or traditions. 
Deviating from these established norms and breaking with traditions lead to 
innovation, experimentation, and plurality. Examples of norms or what Louis 
Althusser calls the 'Ideological State Apparatuses' include the religious ISA, 
the legal ISA, the political ISA, the educational ISA, the communications ISA, 
and the cultural ISA. Through these apparatuses, the subject is disciplined 
and subjugated. Surpassing these regulatory discourses and departing from 
what is reasonable and ordered, rigid and dominant, exclusionary and 
exploitative would necessitate 'an insurrection of subjugated knowledges' in 
the words of Michel Foucault (Power/Knowledge 80). These are different 
and new forms of knowledge that are hailed as alternative and subversive 

Civil rights activists, feminists, anti-colonial intellectuals, etc. have moved 
away from the political and cultural Establishment and have carved a 
different reality with fundamental changes in ways of thinking, writing, and 
behaving. Different texts, whether they are literary, theoretical, historical, or 
psychoanalytical, have been written to celebrate deviations from 
frameworks and rigid structures. In the postmodern world, Brian W. Shaffer 
argues, 'universal, overarching explanatory systems and ideologies—for 
example, Enlightenment scientific reality, capitalist or Marxist economic 
theory, the Christian or Freudian view of the human psyche/soul—have come 
to be seen as narratives that lack credibility and adequacy.' Deviations from 
these 'all-encompassing systems' have resulted in 'a plurality of more 
credible if limited petit recits, discrete micronarratives of only local and 
particular applicability' (Reading the Novel in English: 1950-2000 7-8). 

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the following issues; 
connected themes will also be welcome as part of the discussion.   

-Deviations in the use of the linguistic system
-Deviations in communicative structures
-Learner's deviancies from target language
-'Markedness' as deviation
-Structural and semantic deviations in a text
-Pragmatic error and displacement
-'Englishes' as deviations from the official/standard English language
-Translation and deviation
-Deviation in the arts
-Literary theories and the aberrations in meaning construction
-Linear forms of narrative vs. literary experimentation
-Generic deviations
-Shifting postmodern and postcolonial identities
-Marginality, plurality, migrancy, cultural and ethnic differences as 
deviations from dominant hegemonic models 
-The 'Ecriture féminine':  the new female syntax
-Historiography and the divergence from the 'official' writing of history
-'Democracy' and deviation

The editors invite abstracts of 300 words by 30 November 2010, with the 
submission of the full text when attending the conference. The participants 
will be notified by 11 December 2010.

Please send your abstracts to the steering committee at: 
deviation.conference at yahoo.com

Steering Committee:
Prof. Mounir Triki
Prof. Akila Sellami-Baklouti                   
Dr. Henda Ammar-Guirat
Dr. Mounir Guirat
Dr. Chokri Smaoui                                   
Dr. Mohamed Agrebi

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