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Language and Violence: Literary Mediations in the Age of the Anthropocene

An international conference, organised by Maria Alonso Alonso, taking place at the University of Vigo, Spain, 16-17 January 2020. This event explores the way in which violence appears to have impregnated contemporary literary discourse. The destruction of the environment, animal cruelty, social and gender brutality, amongst others, are some of the most obscene manifestations of human violence. The conference aims to identify the discursive codes that perpetuate violence through notions of subalternity, oppression, hegemonic power and class struggle.

A cfp closes on Sunday 15 September. We are interested in proposals that bear witness to how discourse on violence is experienced through the most diverse literary practices. Papers are welcome in either English, Spanish, Galician or Portuguese. 

Among other possible avenues of research, the following are suggested: 

- Animal Studies 

- Refugee literature 

- Ecocriticism 

- Crime fiction 

- Social exclusion 

- Language and worldmaking 

- Gender Studies 

- Globalisation 

- Diasporic identities 

- Environmental humanities

Registration will open in the autumn. For further information, including the full cfp in Galician, English and Spanish, see the conference website.

In partnership with the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.