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Conf/CfP - English Department Graduate Conference: Distortion, 9 June 2017, University College London, UK

Publish Date: Mar 24, 2017

Deadline: Apr 10, 2017


We’re excited to announce that the CFP is now open for our 2017 English Department Graduate Conference on the theme of Distortion. The conference will be held at University College London on June 9th, 2017.

About the conference

“I am interested in making up a good case for distortion, as I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see.” –Flannery O’Connor.

This year, the annual UCL Department of English’s graduate conference will be on the theme of “distortion,” which aims to explore the distortion, deception, and disassociation of truth. Living in a world of “post-truth” the question of determining the difference between objective and subjective has become difficult to distinguish. This conference will examine the concept of distortion as it manifests in literature and culture. From Chaucer to Shakespeare, from Marcel Duchamp to Man Ray, from Pound’s haikus to Trump’s Twitter, we perceive the world through the distortion of text, art, photography, and film.

Some of the questions that will be addressed over the course of the conference are: How is the fictionalization of facts exhibited in literature? In what ways do we project our subjective viewpoint onto the world and others? How is language fabricated to create different meanings? What is the relationship between distortion and manipulation? What are the effects of mistranslation and misinterpretation? In what ways is our vocabulary changing to reflect the distorted information we receive? 

Topics might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Deception
  • Illusions and dreams
  • Distortion of history and rewriting the past
  • Mistranslation & misinterpretation
  • Methods of narratology
  • Post-truth
  • Fictionalisation of facts
  • Linguistic prosody: poetry, syntax, and semantics
  • Rhetoric
  • Sexuality, scopophilia, and voyeurism
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Technologies of distortion
  • Other artistic mediums (paintings, photography, film & television)

How to submit

Abstracts of 300 words and a short 50 words biography are invited for submission by Monday 10th April 2017 to For creative work (poetry, performance arts, paintings), please send a short example of your work.
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