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CFP: Moment to Monument
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1036  Wednesday, 22 November 2006

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Date: 		Tuesday, 21 Nov 2006 22:41:09 +0100
Subject: 	Call for Papers: Moment to Monument

Renewed Call for Papers
MOMENT TO MONUMENT

Conference at The English Department of Basel University (Switzerland)
May 31-June 2, 2007

Keynote speakers:
Aleida Assmann (Univ. of Konstanz)
Pter Dvidhzi (Lornd Etvs University, Budapest)
David Morley (Goldsmiths College, Univ. of London)
Ann Thompson (King's College, Univ. of London)

MOMENT TO MONUMENT
From the momentary event in time to the seemingly timeless monumental 
presence and back to oblivion: the ways in which cultural memories are 
produced, transformed and lost, turning space into time and time into 
space, have been observed in many areas. Inquiries into literature, 
architecture, the visual and performing arts, the media and the everyday 
have frequently focused on the problem of monuments, canons and myths and 
their legitimization. The need to reform them is increased and complicated 
by revolutionized communication processes, the global dimensions of mass 
media and the different meanings which concepts such as 'community', 
'identity' and 'belonging' are acquiring through (post)modern 
transformations of space and time. These shifts raise the interest of 
research that does not just discuss canons as desirable or undesirable 
givens, but also the processes by which changes have taken place and can 
be brought about.  William Shakespeare's works and the figure of their 
author are a particularly striking example.

Questions that need to be addressed include:
How do everyday objects or works of art achieve cultural significance for 
a community?
How do they lose it? How, for example, can works considered classics 
disappear from the canon?
What kind of performative practices (ritual or other) are involved in this 
process?
Why would some works of art lend themselves better to monumentalization 
than others?
Are there periods in history that stimulate or facilitate 
monumentalization?
How do writers/artists take into account the phenomenon of 
monumentalization, resisting or pursuing it?
In how far has the media revolution changed our sense of belonging to 
places and traditions?
How does mobility affect the relationship between the global and the 
local?

We are interested in proposals for 20-minute papers that offer 
case-studies trying to establish general patterns.

The conference convenors:
Ladina Bezzola Lambert
Andrea Ochsner
Regula Hohl Trillini

Proposals, not exceeding 500 words, along with a brief biographical note, 
should be sent by 1 December 2006 in the body of an email to:

Dr. Regula Hohl Trillini
Department of English, Basel University, Switzerland
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