27.3477, Calls: Ling & Literature/India

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Subject: 27.3477, Calls: Ling & Literature/India

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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:42:51
From: Adam Borch [aborch at abo.fi]
Subject: 27th FILLM International Congress

Full Title: 27th FILLM International Congress 

Date: 15-Mar-2017 - 17-Mar-2017
Location: New Delhi, India 
Contact Person: Meenakshi Bharat
Meeting Email: meenakshibharat at gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.fillm.org/events/fillm/congresses/delhi.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature 

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2016 

Meeting Description:

The 27th International Congress of FILLM will take place in New Delhi, India
in March 2017. The theme of the Congress is ''The Familiar and the Exotic in
Language and Literature: The Politics of Perception and Representation.'' 

FILLM (The International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures) is
the official international body which represents the study of language and
literature as research-based scholarly disciplines in universities and
tertiary higher education institutions world-wide. FILLM is part of the UNESCO
pyramid of international associations which seek to represent intellectual and
cultural endeavour on a global basis.

When Graham Huggan remarks on 'the fetishizing process,' which turns the
literatures, languages and cultures of the 'non-Western' world into 'salable
exotic objects,' he alights on one of the most distinctive characteristics of
our multicultural contemporary world. Indeed, the idea of 'oppositionality'
that is the basis of the systematic deployment of similarity and difference at
the heart of much literature and language, finds a very pertinent and deeply
disturbing focus in the binary of the familiar and the exotic. Moreover,
extensive globalization has resulted in cultural fragmentation on many planes,
one major split being on the lines of this conflictual binary. The creation of
this rupture calls for a re-configuration of the cultural map, especially with
reference to the repercussions of these terms on the literatures and languages
of the world, two foremost cultural markers.

There is an urgent need to critically engage with the rampant 'intellectual
tourism', the 'dilettantism' and the conflict and 'fracturing racial violence'
that has resulted from this arbitrary cultural division that marks the world.
A series of questions trip into the reckoning: how should this 'exotic' be
defined? Is it a quality that inheres in something or somebody or some people,
or is it just, as Huggan calls it, 'a particular mode of aesthetic
perception'? What is the political fallout of slapping on of the rubrics of
the 'familiar' and the 'exotic'? 

Registration and Congress prices:

The registration period runs from 1 October till 30 November 2016. 

Information on how to register will be made available on the FILLM website

It is possible to get an early-bird discount by registering before 31 October
2016. The early-bird fee is GBP 220 / USD 350. After that date, the
registration fee is GBP 250 / USD 400.

Special rates for SAARC nations apply. For members of these nations, the
early-bird registration fee is Rs 5500. After the 31 October 2016, it is Rs

2nd Call for Papers:

The Familiar and the Exotic in Language and Literature: The Politics of
Perception and Representation

We invite scholars to submit papers which focus on one or more of the
following topics:

- Perception and Representation of the Exotic and Familiar
- Form and Technique
- Myth, Language and Memory
- Language and the Exotic and the Familiar
- The Exotic and the Familiar and Translation
- The Play of the Exotic and the Familiar in Linguistics and the Concept of
Similarity and Difference in Grammar, Text and Rhetoric
- The Exotic and the Universal: the Universal Structures of the Human Mind and
Its Particular Languages
- Conflict and the Exotic and the Familiar

How to make a proposal:

In order to propose a paper for the Congress, please send a 300 word abstract
as an email attachment to fillmsvc at svc.ac.in before 15 September 2016.

At the head of your proposal, please supply the following information:-

- Your full name
- Your professional title
- Your professional affiliation and address
- The title of your proposed paper

You will learn whether your proposal has been accepted by 30 September 2016.


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