While it is free to attend the conference, registration is essential. Please bring a print-out of the ticket confirmation to the registration desk for entry.
Ticket includes conference pack, all refreshments, and lunch.
Conference programme available here: http://fragilerealities.wordpress.com/conference-schedule/
Inaugural Thoughtsforward/SELCS Postgraduate Conference 2012
Friday 6 July 2012, London
UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society
Supported by the European Institute and Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies
Dr Matthew Beaumont
UCL English Department and The City Centre
Author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England and Editor of A Concise Companion to Realism.
Assoc. Prof. Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen
Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University
Project member: Reality, Realism and the Real in Visual Culture. Co-editor of Globalizing Art: Negotiating Place, Identity and Nation in Contemporary Nordic Art.
The conference features papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines on perspectives relating to studies of reality. In particular, these are papers that interrogate ideas of the real in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.
We invite graduate researchers working in fields connected to European languages, cultures & society to respond to this critical interrogation, and in doing so, reflect on how concepts of reality operate in different theoretical contexts, and whether interconnections between various fields may be achieved.
The conference will be organised as chaired panels dealing with specific themes under the broader umbrella of Reality. The tentative panel titles here are arranged broadly along the lines of literature, politics, history, and critical theory:
Representing Reality – Political and Media Discourse,
Mirroring Reality – Perceived and Constructed Self-image,
Tracing European Identities – Nation and Migration.
Additionally, a selection of papers from the conference will be published online and in a special print edition of Opticon1826, the multidisiplinary peer-reviewed academic journal based in UCL.