CFP: Upside-down – Investigating Subversion Processes, Neapel (11.05.2018)

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Investigating Subversion Processes


From Latin subvertere, ‘turning something from the bottom upwards’, the term Subversion denotes specific transformational operations falling on fundamental principles regulating Sciences or Systems of Thought (Battaglia, Grande dizionario della lingua italiana).

In human history, the periodical recurrence of preconceived schemata overturn concerning various branches of knowledge beseeches for shattering anachronistic models and speculations through the firing up of a new, regenerative and contingent revolutionary act. «The ultimate subversion […] does not necessarily consist in saying what shocks public opinion, morality, the law, the police, but in inventing a paradoxical (pure of any doxa) discourse» (Barthes 1971).

The fourth Graduate Conference of the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ will arrange for a cultural environment that would facilitate choral discussions on transformations serving to «foundations and renovations of the foundations themselves» (Foucault 1969), encouraging multidisciplinary approaches for the examination of dedicated case studies.


We welcome contributions including but not limited to:



  • Subversion in language history: reforms; orthography; language transformations.

  • Methodological subversion of linguistic models.

  • Capsized meanings: speech; verbal, non-verbal and paraverbal interferences; irony, sarcasm and persuasion.

  • Revolutionary esoterism: structure, codification, symbolization and cryptography of language and Specialized Discourse.

  • Grammatical reflections of Power: Propaganda Discourse; political strategies and linguistic forms of resistance.

  • Linguistic experience overturn: new technologies and media for Communication Learning.



  • Literary tradition and renovation: imitatio/aemulatio; literary manifesto; Mannerist experimentation; minor literatures; transnational literature.

  • Translation, (Re)Interpretation and Reception Studies.

  • Subverting texts: intertextuality and intermediality; reshaping genres; unauthorized editions and plagiarism.

  • Subversive identities: the intellectual engagé; the ‘sin’ of renovation; collective writings; heroes and anti-heroes; types and voices of literature.

  • Subversive Vs. political texts: censorship; Realism experimentation; Utopia and Dystopia; documentary writing.

  • Traditional practices and digital rewriting: Digital Literature; e-book hypertextual and paratextual features; open texts; Social Networks and Blogs.



  • Carnivalesque sensitivity; subversive power of laughs; Reality Vs. Folly.

  • Beyond textual hegemonies: post-dramatic theatre; performative arts; scriptwriting and mise-en-scene.

  • Procedural renewal: the masters of acting; Vanguard theatre and research.

  • Re-thinking techniques: editing experimentation; Documentary genre.


We sincerely encourage Post-Graduate Students, PhD Candidates, and Researchers to forward their paper of maximum 300 words (except title and references) in both .DOC and .PDF formats, along with a short bionote (max 50 words) by May, 11. Abstracts shall be submitted to the e-mail address


Every contribution is dedicated a 15 minutes slot and it could be presented either in Italian or English language.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by July, 13.

Selected papers, peer-reviewed by members of both Scientific Committee and Doctoral Teaching Body, will be invited for publication by December, 31.


The Graduate Conference schedule will include seminaries along with panels.

Participants will be notified after acceptance.

Further information about accommodations and Conference venue are provided online at

For more inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail address

Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

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