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Transformations and Mutations
Durham, NC, January 2005


A Conference for Graduate Students
Department of Romance Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
January 28-30, 2005

With a keynote address by Dr. Julie Candler Hayes,
Professor of French, Richmond University

250-word abstracts due to by November 30, 2004.

The graduate students of Duke University's Department of Romance Studies are pleased
to announce their third annual conference.  This year's conference will bring
together graduate students from various fields whose work reflects on themes related
to mutations and transformations: personal, historical, cultural, political,
psychological, biological, economic and otherwise.  In order to encourage a true
interdisciplinary dialogue, we welcome papers in fields including, but certainly not
limited to: literary studies, political science, philosophy, Latin American studies,
art history, language studies, women's studies, history, film studies, critical
theory, media studies, musicology, European studies, and psychology.  We hope to
initiate a meaningful dialogue through an exploration of various instantiations of
transformation, such as metamorphoses, mutations, becoming, distortion, variation,
fusion, adaptation, and deviance.

Papers could engage questions such as:

- How does sand change into a pearl?
- How have linguistic changes enhanced or hindered self-expression?
- What does it mean to adapt Tracy Chevalier's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" to
  film?  What transformations must the novel undergo?
- How is our perception of Vermeer's Holland shaped by our present determinations?
- How did Mr. Rogers use words and music to create meaning for his television
- What can we make of Thomas Kuhn's writings on scientific revolutions in the wake of
  the information revolution?  How has the primacy of information changed the science
  that enabled it?
- What, exactly, triggers a revolution?
- How have new theories about the way the mind works changed the way the mind works?
- What do Baroque artists' depictions of movement imply about their Weltanschauung?
- Why is a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Titus Andronicus different from
  one put on by prisoners at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange,

The official language of this conference is English and all abstracts must be
submitted in English.  All conference participants are strongly encouraged to present
their work in English in order that they may be understood by the largest possible
number of other conference participants.  However, if you wish to present work in a
Romance Language, please indicate this when submitting your abstract.  We will
attempt to make appropriate accommodations.

Presentations will last 12-15 minutes.  Please send abstracts of approximately 250
words to  With your submission, please include on a separate page your
name, institutional affiliation, phone number, street address, email address, and a
brief biographical sketch focusing on your academic work.  Deadline for submissions
is November 30, 2004.

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