Call for Papers
Travelling Concepts: Meaning, Frame, Metaphor
The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
University of Amsterdam
7, 8, 9 March, 2001
Over the past year, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the
ASCA seminar group have discussed the concepts of meaning, frame and
metaphor based on the work of Mieke Bal, Derrida, W.J.T. Mitchell,
Judith Butler, de Man, Bryson, Culler, Lakoff and Johnson, and others.
More specifically, the seminar focused on ways in which meaning, frame
and metaphor have travelled as concepts between disciplines, scholars,
historical periods and academic communities.
From this perspective, the nature of concepts is understood in a variety
of ways. For example, it is assumed that concepts are normative and
programmatic rather than simply descriptive. While concepts are related
to a tradition, they are not stable and their use cannot boast simple
continuity. Concepts are complex and are never used in precisely the
same sense, hence the ramifications, traditions and histories which are
conflated in their current usages need to be unpacked and evaluated. The
validity and usage of concepts is then subject to debate which proceeds
by referring back to the traditions and schools from which these
concepts emerged and forward to their relevance for cultural analysis.
And because concepts travel, the Amsterdam School emphasizes the
methodological implications of the interdisciplinary study of culture.
ASCA is now inviting submissions on how meaning, frame and metaphor have
travelled, as concepts, between disciplines, schools, historical periods
and academic communities, as well as how they can be brought to bear on
case studies in cultural analysis. Those selected will be invited to
present their work at a conference organized by ASCA at the University
of Amsterdam, 7,8,9 March, 2001.
Proposals, in English, should be no more than 250 words in length. In
order to be considered, submissions must reach the following address by
November 15, 2000. Final papers should not exceed 4000 words and must
arrive at ASCA by January 15, 2001. For more information, consult the
ASCA web site at http://www.hum.uva.nl/~asca.
t.a.v. Joyce Goggin
1012 VT Amsterdam
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Fax: 020-525 3052
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