From Cover to Cover: Reading Readers
Hacettepe University Department of American Culture and Literature 30th Anniversary Conference Ankara, Turkey November 7 – 9, 2012
Reading has had numerous meanings for different people at different times and places. From reading an animal’s tracks, or a street sign, to reading Derrida, the act of reading has referred to a wide range of activities. People have read for practical purposes (for information, for knowledge, or for material gain), for holy ends (The Quran said “Read in the name of your Lord”), for political and social reasons (“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free,” said Frederick Douglass), for entertainment, etc. In the age of computers, cell phones, and the Internet, the traditional notions about the significance of reading, its function, and value seem to be challenged in various ways. Our conference aims to take a fresh look at the good old practice of reading in all its denotations and connotations from all possible quarters and perspectives provided that papers relate to the American context.
Possible topics may include:
Abstracts between 200 to 300 words and a short bio should be sent to Dr. Ceylan Özcan at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2012.
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Conference Program (Subject to changes. Please check later for updates and revisions.)
Last update: Nov. 2, 2012
Registration Form Please complete and submit by September 15, 2012
NOTES FOR PRESENTERS
Please let the organizers know if you are going to use audio-visual equipment during your presentation.
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.
Selected presenters will be asked to submit full text manuscripts (4000-5000 words) for consideration in an edited volume of essays based on the conference theme.