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> Dear Colleague,
>
> You are invited to participate in the first UWO- SubStance Conference, to be
> held in October, 1999.
>
> Title and Topics:  Paris-SubStance-USA: The Passage of Literary and Cultural
> Criticism
>
> Sponsored by: SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, and The
> University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
>
> You may attend, or submit a proposal relating to one of the following areas
> of discussion:
>
> *the historical context of French-American intellectual exchange
> *the American appropriation of French thought
> *the relevance of French thought to the education system in America
> *the losses and gains suffered by French theory in its transfer to "America"
> *the future of French thought and the future of
> *American literary theory and cultural criticism
>
> A small number of papers will be accepted to complement those of the invited
> guest speakers:
>
> Marc Angenot (McGill)
> Francoise Gaillard (Paris)
> Martin Jay (Berkeley)
> Christopher Norris (Cardiff)
> Tiphaine Samoyault (Paris)
>
>
> Representatives from the Board of Editors will act as respondants:
> Robert Barsky (UWO)
> David Bell (Duke)
> Paul Harris (LMU)
> Sydney LÚvy (UCSB)
> Eric MÚchoulen (UMontreal)
> Michel Pierssens (UMontreal)
>
> ********You can consult the SubStance site: ************
>
> www.substance.org
>
> for more info!
>
> Aim of the conference:
>
> The aim of this conference is to assess the impact of French theory and
> philosophy upon the American literary and cultural scene over the last 25
> years, and to look forward to new approaches for a new millennium. The
> SubStance group is particularly well placed to discuss these issues.
> Continuously published for 27 years, and now available on the
> internet,SubStance contains articles by and about the leading French
> thinkers,
> including Barthes, Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Cixous, De Certeau, Deleuze,
> Derrida, Foucault, Guattari, Kristeva, Lacan, Lyotard, Ricoeur, and Serres.
>
> Timing:
>
> This is an important moment for those interested in the future of literary
> and cultural criticism. A number of events in France and the United States
> have provoked discussion  about the future of theory and criticism, and the
> status of France as the purveyor of work for the foreseeable future.  First,
> this generation of theorists is aging, and there is no clear successor
> generation to take their place in the pantheon. Second, France has undergone
> exercises in soul-searching and intellectual introspection provoked by
> continued revelations about Vichy (through for example the recent Papon
> trial), the rise of the Front National, the  alliance of the traditional
> right (Gaullist) with the Front  National and the power it is given, the
> anniversary of mai '68 and the 1948 Declaration of the Rights of Man, the
> complete "deconfiture" of that same right, on-going revelations about the
> complicity of the French government  in the Rwanda massacre, and in the
> Algerian killings, and so on. Third, the end of the Cold War has moved us
> into a  new colonial era in which virtually any resistance to a capitalist
> consensus amongst ruling elites is relegated to the margins, and in which
> American interests are taken as  a touchstone for international
> interventions and G7 policies.  Fourth, the neo-liberal attack upon
> (liberal) higher  led to institutional 'rationalizing' and soul-searching.
> Fifth, the fallout of Impostures intellectuelles and the Sokal Hoax
> continues to be felt by those interested in the different approaches
> proposed by American and French  intellectuals. Finally, the immigration of
> so many figures into the US, physically and in terms of influence, remains a
> phenomenon of great significance.
>
> Importing-Exporting:
>
> This conference will address the very appropriation, translation and
> transformation of ideas across cultures and  continents. It will further
> consider the appropriation,  utilization, and even the purchase (through
> academic  hirings) of French theorists. How it has been transformed to
> fit... what? the American academic classroom and market  (its recuperation
> by cultural studies is telling)? The academic market tout court? This speaks
> to questions of the marketplace, including fashions, fads, and symbolic
> value. Why only in America do we have "post  structuralism", Derrida and
> Lyotard and Foucault schools? Why don't we have Bourdieu, Morin, Vernant and
> Serres schools? Why are there no such schools in France? Who  will be the
> next Derrida? Questions like this demand that the question of exchanges
> between the French and the American intellectual milieus be placed in a
> socio-historical context. Recent events in France, like the  Papon trial,
> receive considerable airplay in America, which  leads to questions about
> exactly what theoretical role the fascination with Vichy is playing in a
> certain American intellectual milieu interested in French thought and
> culture.  Once again, US dominance in capital markets is provoking
> certain colonization of France by American intellectuals bent upon forcing
> France to accept a lesson dispensed by American forces of "global
> democratization". The lesson  Sokal thought he was imposing on us - the
> emperor's new   clothes - bears a strange resemblance to the lesson  certain
> Vichy historians seem to be dispensing about the French claim to have
> invented the rights of man - the  emperor's new clothes once again. So
> another question for  the conference relates to the perspective of the
> observer:  Who has the vantage point from which to say that the emperor has
> no clothes?
>
> Functioning:
>
> The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Western
> Ontario, London, Ontario, during the weekend of October 22-24,1999.
> A  panel of leading intellectuals
> will be invited to present major  papers on different angles of issues
> discussed above. The conference will be held over a three day period, and
> will  feature five sessions, one for each of the papers by the  keynote
> speakers. There will then be short papers given by those whose papers have
> been accepted in the general call for papers, followed by response from the
> speaker and general discussion.
>
> To the degree that it is possible, papers, or long descriptions thereof,
> will be available in advance, and posted on  the SubStance site at:
> www.sub.stance.org
> prior to the conference. All proceedings will be recorded, and a special
> issue of the  journal will be published forthwith.
>
>      Contact:
>
>      Professor Robert F. Barsky
>      Department of English
>      University of Western Ontario
>      London, Ontario
>      N6A 3K7
>
>      (519) 661-2111 extension 5825
>      rbarsky-AT-uwo.ca
>


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Dear Colleague, You are invited to participate in the first UWO- SubStance Conference, to be held in October, 1999. Title and Topics:  Paris-SubStance-USA: The Passage of Literary and Cultural Criticism Sponsored by: SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, and The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. You may attend, or submit a proposal relating to one of the following areas of discussion: *the historical context of French-American intellectual exchange *the American appropriation of French thought *the relevance of French thought to the education system in America *the losses and gains suffered by French theory in its transfer to "America" *the future of French thought and the future of *American literary theory and cultural criticism A small number of papers will be accepted to complement those of the invited guest speakers: Marc Angenot (McGill) Francoise Gaillard (Paris) Martin Jay (Berkeley) Christopher Norris (Cardiff) Tiphaine Samoyault (Paris) Representatives from the Board of Editors will act as respondants: Robert Barsky (UWO) David Bell (Duke) Paul Harris (LMU) Sydney Lévy (UCSB) Eric Méchoulen (UMontreal) Michel Pierssens (UMontreal) ********You can consult the SubStance site: ************ www.substance.org for more info! Aim of the conference: The aim of this conference is to assess the impact of French theory and philosophy upon the American literary and cultural scene over the last 25 years, and to look forward to new approaches for a new millennium. The SubStance group is particularly well placed to discuss these issues. Continuously published for 27 years, and now available on the internet,SubStance contains articles by and about the leading French thinkers, including Barthes, Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Cixous, De Certeau, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Guattari, Kristeva, Lacan, Lyotard, Ricoeur, and Serres. Timing: This is an important moment for those interested in the future of literary and cultural criticism. A number of events in France and the United States have provoked discussion  about the future of theory and criticism, and the status of France as the purveyor of work for the foreseeable future.  First, this generation of theorists is aging, and there is no clear successor generation to take their place in the pantheon. Second, France has undergone exercises in soul-searching and intellectual introspection provoked by continued revelations about Vichy (through for example the recent Papon trial), the rise of the Front National, the  alliance of the traditional right (Gaullist) with the Front  National and the power it is given, the anniversary of mai '68 and the 1948 Declaration of the Rights of Man, the complete "deconfiture" of that same right, on-going revelations about the complicity of the French government  in the Rwanda massacre, and in the Algerian killings, and so on. Third, the end of the Cold War has moved us into a  new colonial era in which virtually any resistance to a capitalist consensus amongst ruling elites is relegated to the margins, and in which American interests are taken as  a touchstone for international interventions and G7 policies.  Fourth, the neo-liberal attack upon (liberal) higher  led to institutional 'rationalizing' and soul-searching. Fifth, the fallout of Impostures intellectuelles and the Sokal Hoax continues to be felt by those interested in the different approaches proposed by American and French  intellectuals. Finally, the immigration of so many figures into the US, physically and in terms of influence, remains a phenomenon of great significance. Importing-Exporting: This conference will address the very appropriation, translation and transformation of ideas across cultures and  continents. It will further consider the appropriation,  utilization, and even the purchase (through academic  hirings) of French theorists. How it has been transformed to fit... what? the American academic classroom and market  (its recuperation by cultural studies is telling)? The academic market tout court? This speaks to questions of the marketplace, including fashions, fads, and symbolic value. Why only in America do we have "post  structuralism", Derrida and Lyotard and Foucault schools? Why don't we have Bourdieu, Morin, Vernant and Serres schools? Why are there no such schools in France? Who  will be the next Derrida? Questions like this demand that the question of exchanges between the French and the American intellectual milieus be placed in a socio-historical context. Recent events in France, like the  Papon trial, receive considerable airplay in America, which  leads to questions about exactly what theoretical role the fascination with Vichy is playing in a certain American intellectual milieu interested in French thought and culture.  Once again, US dominance in capital markets is provoking certain colonization of France by American intellectuals bent upon forcing France to accept a lesson dispensed by American forces of "global democratization". The lesson  Sokal thought he was imposing on us - the emperor's new   clothes - bears a strange resemblance to the lesson  certain Vichy historians seem to be dispensing about the French claim to have invented the rights of man - the  emperor's new clothes once again. So another question for  the conference relates to the perspective of the observer:  Who has the vantage point from which to say that the emperor has no clothes? Functioning: The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, during the weekend of October 22-24,1999. A  panel of leading intellectuals will be invited to present major  papers on different angles of issues discussed above. The conference will be held over a three day period, and will  feature five sessions, one for each of the papers by the  keynote speakers. There will then be short papers given by those whose papers have been accepted in the general call for papers, followed by response from the speaker and general discussion. To the degree that it is possible, papers, or long descriptions thereof, will be available in advance, and posted on  the SubStance site at: www.sub.stance.org prior to the conference. All proceedings will be recorded, and a special issue of the  journal will be published forthwith.      Contact:      Professor Robert F. Barsky      Department of English      University of Western Ontario      London, Ontario      N6A 3K7      (519) 661-2111 extension 5825      rbarsky-AT-uwo.ca
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