From: Hugh W. Jarvis [SMTP:hjarvis@...
Sent: Monday, August 30, 1999 9:21 AM
Subject: The FEMALE PRINCIPLE: conference / call for papers (fwd)
Conference coming up. Please address correspondence to the original poster.
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Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 16:28:39 -0500
From: Luanne Frank <lfrank@...
Subject: conference announcement and call for papers: THE FEMALE
THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE
UTA Conference on the Suppressions and Reassertions of The Female Principle
in Human Cultures.
University of Texas at Arlington, March 30-April 1, 2000.
Keynotes: Martha Nussbaum, March 30;
Drucilla Cornell, March 31; and
Eva Keuls and Nancy Tuana, April 1
This conference recognizes the suppression
of femaleness as a primary meaning
of Western and other cultures over a long period, and opens this issue to
It seeks to identify, document, account for, and
interpret the suppression of femaleness via the
specific forms it takes from early periods to the
present, and to identify and describe newly developing
practices that counter it. Exposures, descriptions,
and theorizations of this suppression are essential
to projecting a future for femaleness in human
We invite proposals from all fields of the humanities and the social and
behavioral sciences. Papers may deal exclusively with forms of suppression
(and their counterforms)--many of them clandestine, unrecognized,
underexplored; with the figures or contents suppressed; with examples of
femaleness that elude suppression or otherwise counter it; or with
re-emergences; or with combinations of the foregoing, and may draw on the
following as a possible framework:
Bearing a positive social value in an advanced Asian society as late as the
seventh century, the female principle sinks into general anathema in the
West by the time of classical civilization, and into near oblivion by the
time of the early church. There it remains, under powerful forms of social
repression, into the twentieth century. Then, via numerous separate
discourses, pluralist thought creates a climate of opinion in which
femaleness can re-emerge in literary, philosophical, religious, and other
languages under a positive sign.
Papers may be descriptive, and/or interpretive or
theoretical accounts of specific forms of suppression,
such as the sexual; of forms taken by coverups of
suppression; of cultural contexts mandating
suppression; and of femaleness eluding suppression or otherwise countering
it-all these in discourses and social practices worldwide.
Cross-disciplinary and new theoretical approaches are encouraged.
See the following page or send inquiries to:
Conference on the Female Principle
Department of English 19035
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas 760l9
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