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University of Jendouba
High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba
Department of English

Call for Papers
First Annual Symposium on “Reading”
April 12, 2017

If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, ones’ chances for survival
increase with each book one reads.
Sherman Alexie

Reading emerged as early as the pre-history period. As an important component of human
communication, reading appeared in various forms. The pre-reading phase including the use
of body language and later symbols and paintings on rocks proved that there is evidence of
the earliest human act of reading.
In modern terms, the higher literacy rate has enhanced the reading process and has radically
enlarged it to become an academic field. Therefore, it has opened the door for various
academic interpretations of the concept. Linguistically, reading involves the understanding,
the uncovering and decoding of knowledge through a given text. Philosophically, John Locke,
thinks that the concept of “reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is
thinking that makes what we read ours.” Reading contemporary and modern international
relations (IR) generally raise controversies among historians, IR analyst and more importantly
among policy makers. One such unresolved issue, for example, is the so-called Global War on
Terror and the ISIS phenomenon which remain problematic concerns in the twenty-first

Reading in literature indulges into issues of critical engagement with textual platforms, varied
conceptions of the interaction between representation and reception, diversely-motivated
decoding maneuvers, literary adaptation(s) of novel modalities of signification, analyses of
the impact of genre on interpretive perspectives, as well as contentious notions such as textual
performance, cultural appropriation, and readership formation. The issue of reading is also
raised in relation to critical concepts like interpretation, competence and appropriation. This
variation of meanings of reading in history, culture and civilization becomes more and more
complicated because of the intersection and overlapping of schools of thoughts, political
theories and literary trends.
The English department of the Higher Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba welcomes
papers in the fields of linguistics, civilization, and literature that examine the extent to which
“reading” is crucial being a controversial dimension of the pedagogical experience and the
world beyond the walls of academia. Starting from these assumptions, the organizers invite
proposals for presentations of 20 minutes addressing ‘Reading.’ They particularly welcome
interdisciplinary contributions, especially ones that bridge the domains of literature, cultural
studies, gender, psychoanalysis, linguistics, arts, translation etc. They equally encourage
submissions on all aspects of reading to encourage innovative dialogues and academic
Please send an abstract (250 words) for 20-minute papers in English and a brief bio sketch
to the following email:
Font and layout of the Abstract
Title: Times New Roman, bold, size 18
First name, last name, Email and affiliation: Times New Roman, bold, size 12
Core text: Times New Roman, size 12, single space.
Style: Italics when necessary, bold for the titles.
Important Dates
Submission deadline: February 28, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 12, 2017
Symposium date: April 12, 2017
Venue: Department of English, the High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, University
of Jendouba, Tunisia.
Scientific Committee

Organizing Committee

Prof. Akila Sellami Baklouti- University of Sfax

Dr. Safia Sahli (chair)

Prof. Francis Guinle- University of Lumiére- Lyon2

Dr. Bachar Aloui

Prof. Nejet Mchela- University of Carthage

Dr. Zeineb Ayachi

Prof. Saloua Karoui Ounelli- University of Tunis

Dr. Nadia Kostantini

Prof. Sami Ludwig- University of Haute Alsace

Mr. Med Anwar Barouni

Prof. Taoufik Djebali- University of Caen

Ms. Roua Khlifi
Mrs. Noura Mechichi
Mr. Ayed Khedhr

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