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SASGLS General Conference (17 & 18 August 2017, Unisa, Sunnyside campus, Pretoria)

The call for papers for the 2017 SASGLS General Conference has now closed. The registration form for the conference can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

SAVAL Algemene Kongres (17 & 18 Augustus 2017, Unisa, Sunnyside-kampus, Pretoria)

Die oproep vir referate vir die 2017 SAVAL Algemene Kongres het nou gesluit. Die kongresregistrasievorm kan afgelaai word deur hier te klik.

 


SASGLS General Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

 “Things fall apart”

17-19 August 2017, Unisa, Pretoria

The South African Society for General Literary Studies (SASGLS) invites scholars to submit proposals on the theme “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold” for its biennial conference, to be hosted at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, from 17 to 19 August 2017.

The theme of the conference is taken from W.B. Yeats’s apocalyptic poem “The Second Coming”, famously used by Chinua Achebe as the title of his influential postcolonial novel. The line from the poem suggests crisis, both as a key term in traditional poetics and as a much broader theme, in the sense of flux – or even disintegration and collapse. It problematizes the idea of literary representations of chaos or the collapse of order. However, it also presents opportunities for renewal or the imagining of possible worlds, as the collapse of old structures makes way for a new order. The theme is not intended to focus only on political imagination or critique, whether pessimistic or optimistic, utopian or dystopian, but can also be applied to literature on an individual, psychological level or on an abstract, theoretical one. Thus, the theme invokes not just postcolonialism and decoloniality but also poststructuralism and deconstruction, and many other fields of research besides.

SASGLS/SAVAL invites papers with any of the following as points of departure:

  • Apocalypse and/or catastrophe
  • Third Millennium
  • The advent of the Anthropocene
  • Environment and ecology (the sixth mass extinction event)
  • Middle East: mass migration and asylum seeking in Europe
  • National identity and/or globalisation
  • World economy and/or politics
  • Metropole, colony or postcolony
  • Modernity and decoloniality
  • Popular/grassroots movements for change in the academe, such as #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall
  • Universities
  • Leadership (or the failure thereof)
  • Decentring language: poststructuralism and deconstruction
  • Decentring the individual subject
  • Madness and loss of self and/or identity
  • Play, jouissance and the pleasure of the text
  • Escalation of social/political /technological change
  • Ethical challenges of bioethics and cyberethics
  • Posthumanism
  • Any other related idea

30 minutes will be set aside for each paper: 20 minutes for reading and 10 minutes for questions. Kindly send abstracts of no longer than 300 words to Dr Alan Northover or Mr Reinhardt Fourie.

Conference fee and payment details to be announced later.

SAVAL Algemene Kongres

OPROEP VIR REFERATE

 “Things fall apart”

17-19 Augustus 2017, Unisa, Pretoria

U word hiermee uitgenooi om referaatvoorstelle in te dien oor die tema “Things fall apart: the centre cannot hold” vir die tweejaarlikse kongres van die Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Algemene Literatuurwetenskap (SAVAL) wat vanaf 17 tot 19 Augustus 2017 deur die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika (Unisa), Pretoria, aangebied word.

W.B. Yeats se apokaliptiese gedig “The Second Coming”, wat herleef het as titel van Chinua Achebe se invloedryke postkoloniale roman, dien as uitgangspunt vir die kongrestema. Bogenoemde versreël uit die gedig suggereer krisis, ’n sleutelterm in tradisionele poëtika maar ook deel van ’n veel breër tema, naamlik vloei – of selfs disintegrasie en verval. Dit problematiseer literêre representasies van chaos en die afbreek van orde. Tog skep dit ook moontlikhede vir vernuwing of die verbeel van moontlike wêrelde, want deur die val van ou strukture word ruimte gemaak vir nuwe ordes. Die bedoeling is nie om hierdie tema slegs op politieke (ver)beelding en kritiek, hetsy pessimisties of optimisties, utopies of distopies, toe te pas nie; dit kan ook op ’n individuele, psigologiese sowel as ’n abstrakte, teoretiese vlak letterkundig geaktiveer word. Daarom roep die kongrestema nie net postkolonialisme en dekolonisering op nie maar ook poststrukturalisme en dekonstruksie, asook talle ander navorsingsterreine.

SAVAL/SASGLS verwelkom referate met enige van die volgende as vertrekpunt:

  • Apokalips en/of katastrofe
  • Derde Millennium
  • Die koms van die Antroposeen
  • Die omgewing en die ekologie (die sesde massa-uitwissing)
  • Die Midde-Ooste: massa-migrasie en -asiel in Europa
  • Nasionale identiteit en/of globalisering
  • Wêreldekonomie en/of -politiek
  • Die metropool, kolonie of postkolonie
  • Moderniteit en dekolonisering
  • Populêre/grondvlak-bewegings vir verandering in die akademie, byvoorbeeld #RhodesMustFall en #FeesMustFall
  • Universiteite
  • Leierskap (of die mislukking daarvan)
  • Desentralisering van taal: poststrukturalisme en dekonstruksie
  • Desentralisering van die individuele subjek
  • Waansin en verlies van die self en/of identiteit
  • Spel, jouissance en die plesier van die teks
  • Eskalasie van sosiale/politieke/tegnologiese verandering
  • Die uitdagings van bio- en kuberetiek
  • Posthumanisme
  • Enige ander verbandhoudende uitgangspunt

Daar word 30 minute vir elke referaat opsygesit:  20 minute vir die voordrag en 10 minute vir vrae.  Stuur asb. opsommings van nie meer as 300 woorde nie aan dr. Alan Northover of mnr. Reinhardt Fourie.

Verdere besonderhede i.v.m. die kongresfooi en en betaling sal later aangekondig word.

Deadline of the call for papers: 31 May 2017

Dr Alan Northover
northra@unisa.ac.za
+27 12 429 6794

Mr Reinhardt Fourie
fourir@unisa.ac.za
+27 12 429 6603

A PDF version of the CFP can also be downloaded here.

‘n PDF-bestand van die oproep kan ook hier afgelaai word.

 


SAVAL/SASGLS Colloquium: Final Programme

Date: Friday, 15 April 2016 | Venue: Unisa
Theme: “Stranger in a strange land”

RSVP with Dr Alan Northover (northra@unisa.ac.za) no later than 31 March 2016.

8:00-8:45 – Registration

Time Speaker Title
8:45-9:00 Organiser Welcome
9:00-9:30 Mike Marais (RU) Beckett’s The Unnamable
9:30-10:00 Thomas Olver (independent) No Through Fair: Stranger in a Strange Language
10:00-10:30 Karen McCarthy (RU) And I only am escaped alone to tell thee”: Asserting one’s alterity with the words of others
10:30-11:00 Tea
11:00-11:30 Jacomien van Niekerk (UP) The figure of the stranger in Afrikaans poetry
11:30-12:00 Maria Snyman (Unisa) “Die soeke na ’n beloofde land” (“The search for a promised land”)
12:00-12:30 Karen de Wet (UJ) Vreemdelinge in vreemde lande: ballingdigters in Afrikaans
12:30-13:00 Renate Lenz (VUT) A Stranger in the Country of His Birth: The White Man’s Predicament in The New South Africa as Portrayed in John Conyngham’s The Lostness of Alice
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Minesh Dass (RU) Like a “Trosebery” and “a Cathemosdraquel”: Unfollowable Routines and Rituals in Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret
14:30-15:00 Salomi Louw (U. of Limpopo) Topic to be announced
15:00-15:30 Andiswa Mvanyashe (NMMU) Hidden history: Ingqumbo yeminyanya a historical novel by A.C. Jordan
15:30-16:00 Lara Buxbaum (Wits) Xenophobia and Animality in Zoo City, Zebra Crossing and Wolf, Wolf
16:00-16:10 Organiser Closing

The programme can also be downloaded by clicking here.


SAVAL/SASGLS Colloquium: First Call for Papers

Date: Friday, 15 April 2016 | Venue: Unisa
Theme: “Stranger in a strange land”

The phrase “stranger in a strange land” (Exodus 2:22) first appeared in the King James Version of the Bible (1611) and was used as the title of a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein (1961). As a theme (taken out of biblical context), the phrase covers not only physical displacement (both spatial and temporal) but also psychological, cultural, social and political alienation.

The South African Society for General Literary Studies/Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Algemene Literatuurwetenskap would like to invite papers with any of the following as points of departure:

  • Exile, wandering and returning home
  • Immigration and emigration
  • Asylum seeking and mass migration
  • Climate change and climate refugees
  • The search for a promised land
  • Xenophobic violence
  • Globalisation
  • Backlashes against modernity
  • Minorities
  • Ageing and social change
  • Alterity and otherness
  • Madness and/or loss of self
  • Loss of language or linguistic alienation
  • Challenges of translation
  • The dangers, challenges and promises of technology and science
  • Uncertainty about the future

Kindly send abstracts of no longer than 300 words to Dr Alan Northover or Mr Reinhardt Fourie.

Deadline of the call for papers: 29 February 2016

Dr Alan Northover
northra@unisa.ac.za
+27 12 429 6794

Mr Reinhardt Fourie
fourir@unisa.ac.za
+27 12 429 6603

The full call for papers can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Call for Papers: SAVAL/SASGLS Colloquium 15 April 2016.

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