Call for Papers: ‘Flaws’, ideas of error, disruption, and contamination from 1750 to the present, deadline 11 March 2016



Cambridge English Graduate Conference, 18th April 2016

‘It is by seeking and blundering that we learn.’ – Goethe

We invite paper proposals for ‘Flaws’, a conference focusing on ideas of error, disruption, and contamination from 1750 to the present.

Successful abstracts will investigate conceptual, formal, and conscious flaws in works of literature and art. In probing these imperfections, ‘Flaws’ seeks to uncover unexpected connections, challenge orthodoxies, and broaden disciplines. From smudges in the archive to broken characters, from critical failures to digital glitches, we actively invite your interpretation of flaws and what they can teach us.

The external respondent will be Dr Adam Kelly, lecturer in American Literature at the University of York. He will be delivering a keynote lecture on ‘The Future of the Flaw’.

The conference will be held at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of English on Monday, the 18th of April, 2016. Papers will be delivered in panels of three, with question periods to follow. The conference will also feature an exhibit from the University Library’s Rare Books Collection. Proposals should be abstracts not exceeding 250 words in length, and sent to . The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on the 11th of March, 2016.


Other possible topics include:

Disruption of racial, sexual, and gender identities Marginalia or uncorrected manuscripts Contaminated spaces and ecology Competing historiographies or revisionism(s) Translation Loss Psychoanalysis and trauma

Materiality: spillages and slippages

Glitch-art and emerging digital aesthetics

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