The Sound of Silence in American Literature, Culture and Politics 2019 Conference

Страна: Польша

Город: Opole

Тезисы до: 30.04.2019

Даты: 23.10.19 — 25.10.19

Область наук: Культурология;

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Организаторы: Polish Association for American Studies; University of Opole


The thematic focus of the XXXI Annual Polish Association for American Studies conference falls on cadences of speech and silence in American literature, culture and politics. In its original signification captured by the 1964 Simon and Garfunkel song, “the sound of silence” stands not only for thwarted communication, inability of people to communicate, the dissonance between speech and silence, but also alternative, non-verbal means of communication, hinting at a whole myriad of possibilities that the original curse of silence does not immediately suggest. Possible lines of investigation into the conference topic may include variations upon the following research themes:
• communication and dissonance traced in communication,
• verbal and non-verbal representation
• suppression of the voice and reclaiming of the voice,
• the unspeakable,
• the subaltern,
• the significance of speech and silence in American Ethnic Literature,
• the Postmodern denigration and appraisal of various senses,
• gender studies related topics,
• submerged narratives,
• storytelling,
• reading between the lines,
• innuendo,
• shame,
• affect,
• survivor studies,
• trauma studies,
• word,
• image,
• sign,
• the aural and the auditory versus the visual,
• transnational studies related topics,
• narratology,
• mnemonic techniques in oral poetry,
• rhetoric,
• the significance of speech and silence in public discourse and negotiations.

You are strongly encouraged to pursue the topics grounded in the leitmotif of the conference. Yet if you wish to present a paper tangential to the conference topic, we will be happy to welcome you as well. Polish Association for American Studies can boast a tradition of more than thirty years of annual conferences and multifaceted cooperation with scholars from all over the world. The intention of the organizers representing University of Opole and Polish Association for American Studies is to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere and make you feel at home on the grounds of the main University building, Collegium Maius, University of Opole, in the very city center of Opole, just a stone’s throw away from the XIII century-town- hall square, the Piast Tower, all major monuments and city attractions.

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