"Captivity Writing Unbound"
University of South Alabama (Mobile/Fairhope, AL)
October 11-13, 2012
Hosted by the University of South Alabama’s Department of English, "Captivity Writing Unbound" is a small interdisciplinary conference whose aim is to explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing. Thirty papers have been chosen for inclusion in ten panels, which will be presented sequentially rather than concurrently in order to foster substantial exchange of ideas and perspectives among participants. These papers make use of a wide range of theorists—for example, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, Foucault, Heidegger, Kristeva, Lacan—and an equally wide range of approaches and/or lenses—genre, geography, history, theory, and/or metaphor—to discuss topics ranging from uterine captivity to the Vietnam War memorial and materials as disparate as liturgical documents of 11th century Iberia and Zimbabwean Tsitsi Dangarembga’s semi-autobiographical novel Nervous Conditions. After the conference, selected papers will be solicited for inclusion in a collection edited by Pat Cesarini and Becky McLaughlin.
Early American scholar Michelle Burnham, who teaches at Santa Clara University, will deliver the keynote address on the opening day of the conference. As early as 1997, Burnham was already thinking beyond the usual confines of the captivity narrative when she published Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682-1861, and the conference will benefit greatly from her presence and participation.
The conference will be held at USA’s Baldwin County campus, which is set in the heart of the quaint artist community of Fairhope, overlooking scenic Mobile Bay.
Please visit the conference website for more information.