Ancrages / Passages, 2004

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Ancrages/Passages
23-24 janvier 2004
Organising committee: Claudine Armand, André Kaenel and Claire Omhovère

Ancrages/Passages was organized by the ‘Centre d’Etudes Anglophones’, the research group for English studies at Nancy 2 prior to the reorganisation of the group around the question of interdisciplinarity and its renaming as IDEA (Interdisciplinarité dans les Etudes Anglophones). This conference was an opportunity for the research group to reflect upon certain issues related to interdisciplinarity that would become, in the years that followed, central to its restructuring.

The call for papers for the conference invited participants to favour interdisciplinary approaches as they reflected on modes of ‘anchoring’ and methods of ‘passage’. It posed a series of general questions: how are conceptual tools transposed from one discipline to another? What sort of dynamic makes possible a shifting from one semiotic field to another, as from image to text, text to music? What kind of permeability exists between a dominant culture and a minority one? Under what influences does an historical hegemony, an aesthetic style or a linguistic norm come to be established, and how and why do these things fall into disuse? What sorts of opposition stand in the way of the transmission of norms, values and representations from one domain to another, from one period to the next? Finally, what sorts of conflicts and upheavals exist behind various forms of ‘anchoring’: movements of resistance, persistance or resurgence?

The keynote speaker at the conference was Barbara Chase-Riboud. A novelist, poet and sculptor, whose work foregrounds the relation between different materials in the visual arts and passages between historical understanding and imaginary creation in literature, as well as passages between different modes of artistic expression, Chase-Riboud’s artistic approach exemplifies many of the questions explored during the conference.

Conference programme

A collection of articles based on the presentations given at the conference was published by the Presses Universitaires de Nancy: Ancrages/Passages (2005).

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