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Fragment: Cultural Histories and Vocabularies of the Fragment in Text and Image, c. 1300-2000

University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 29th June to 1st July 2007


Keynote Speaker: Stephen Poliakoff
Plenary Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hallam
Publisher Interested: Manchester University Press
Deadline for Abstracts: 16th December 2006

This conference will be held at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 29th
June to 1st July 2007. It is hosted by the Department of English and the
Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies. The deadline for abstracts
is December 16th 2006. See below for some further information about the
subjects and themes emerging. If you would like further information please
get in touch with the conference organisers Dr Tiffany Atkinson and Dr
Elisabeth Salter (, Please mail to both
addresses. For practical and other information please follow the link: and click on the "fragment" banner.

Further Information about fragment
One of the initial excitements of proposing this conference was the
thought of encompassing a huge time period and a disciplinary range
through the investigation of the fragment. Our intention is to cross
conventional boundaries of chronology and discipline, and in so doing we
hope to further scholarship on the fragment in a productive way.

This conference seeks to examine the links and disparities between
concepts of the fragment in different disciplines, and in relation to
various historical periods. A key objective is to foster interdisciplinary
discussion and the potential for dynamic collaborative research. By
opening exchange between research- and practice-based disciplines, and
between materialist and conceptual approaches, the conference aims to
respond to a widespread but heterogeneous interest in the fragment, and to
redefine its uses and significance in contemporary scholarly and creative
work. We anticipate that dialogue around ^—the fragment^“ will include
(but not be limited to) subjects emphasising: histories of art, medicine
and the body, memory and remembrance, museology, archaeologies of
knowledge, modernist and postmodern theory, as well as work in more
canonical literary studies. In addition to academic papers, we welcome
proposals for discussion panels, performances/installations, or creative
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