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LINGUIST List 21.3378

Mon Aug 23 2010

Calls: General Ling, Socioling/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Chokri Smaoui, Deviation(s)

Message 1: Deviation(s)
Date: 23-Aug-2010
From: Chokri Smaoui <smaoui2002yahoo.com>
Subject: Deviation(s)
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Full Title: Deviation(s)

Date: 06-Apr-2011 - 08-Apr-2011
Location: Sfax, Tunisia
Contact Person: Chokri Smaoui
Meeting Email: deviation.conferenceyahoo.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

University of Sfax, Tunisia
Faculty of Letters and Humanities

The English Department and the Research Unit in Discourse Analysis
(GRAD) jointly organise on 6-8 April 2011 an international conference on:

Call For Papers

The way language is structured as a system of communication and
representation with a repertoire of given possibilities shows the extent of its
unavoidable participation in the constitution of discourses of power and their
subjects. These discourses define our relationship with the world through
different forms of subjection, deceptively presented as norms or traditions.
Deviating from these established norms and breaking with traditions lead to
innovation, experimentation, and plurality. Examples of norms or what Louis
Althusser calls the 'Ideological State Apparatuses' include the religious ISA,
the legal ISA, the political ISA, the educational ISA, the communications ISA,
and the cultural ISA. Through these apparatuses, the subject is disciplined
and subjugated. Surpassing these regulatory discourses and departing from
what is reasonable and ordered, rigid and dominant, exclusionary and
exploitative would necessitate 'an insurrection of subjugated knowledges' in
the words of Michel Foucault (Power/Knowledge 80). These are different
and new forms of knowledge that are hailed as alternative and subversive

Civil rights activists, feminists, anti-colonial intellectuals, etc. have moved
away from the political and cultural Establishment and have carved a
different reality with fundamental changes in ways of thinking, writing, and
behaving. Different texts, whether they are literary, theoretical, historical, or
psychoanalytical, have been written to celebrate deviations from
frameworks and rigid structures. In the postmodern world, Brian W. Shaffer
argues, 'universal, overarching explanatory systems and ideologies—for
example, Enlightenment scientific reality, capitalist or Marxist economic
theory, the Christian or Freudian view of the human psyche/soul—have come
to be seen as narratives that lack credibility and adequacy.' Deviations from
these 'all-encompassing systems' have resulted in 'a plurality of more
credible if limited petit recits, discrete micronarratives of only local and
particular applicability' (Reading the Novel in English: 1950-2000 7-8).

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the following issues;
connected themes will also be welcome as part of the discussion.

-Deviations in the use of the linguistic system
-Deviations in communicative structures
-Learner's deviancies from target language
-'Markedness' as deviation
-Structural and semantic deviations in a text
-Pragmatic error and displacement
-'Englishes' as deviations from the official/standard English language
-Translation and deviation
-Deviation in the arts
-Literary theories and the aberrations in meaning construction
-Linear forms of narrative vs. literary experimentation
-Generic deviations
-Shifting postmodern and postcolonial identities
-Marginality, plurality, migrancy, cultural and ethnic differences as
deviations from dominant hegemonic models
-The 'Ecriture féminine': the new female syntax
-Historiography and the divergence from the 'official' writing of history
-'Democracy' and deviation

The editors invite abstracts of 300 words by 30 November 2010, with the
submission of the full text when attending the conference. The participants
will be notified by 11 December 2010.

Please send your abstracts to the steering committee at:

Steering Committee:
Prof. Mounir Triki
Prof. Akila Sellami-Baklouti
Dr. Henda Ammar-Guirat
Dr. Mounir Guirat
Dr. Chokri Smaoui
Dr. Mohamed Agrebi
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