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GERMAN-CFP-L  January 2008

GERMAN-CFP-L January 2008

Subject:

CFP: Matters of Life & Death (22/01/08 - 04/03/08)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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>From: Vasuki Shanmuganathan <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Matters of Life and Death Conference (22/01/08 - 04/03/08)
>
>EXTENDED DEADLINE 22/01/08
>A workshop exploring how life is managed, commodified and objectified
>Tuesday, March 4, 2008
>Munk Centre at the University of Toronto.
>
>An interdisciplinary group of graduate students at the University of 
>Toronto is organizing - Matters of Life and Death - in order to grapple 
>with key questions on the theoretical horizon in many disciplines: 
>What constitutes life and how is this life managed, commodified, and 
>objectified? Why do we count the death of a Canadian soldier instead 
>of the life of an Afghani civilian? Does life matter differently in 
>laboratories than it does in the community? Does life matter more in 
>the hospital room than it does on the battlefields of Iraq?
>
>Building from, yet moving beyond Foucault's biopolitics and biopower 
>and Marx's materialist view of life within the structures of labour 
>and value, this workshop will grapple with questions that 
>theoretically and materially categorize "life". While a political 
>project around death seems implausible, the definition of good, 
>healthy, and wealthy lives is always in continuous distinction from 
>those who are allowed to die or suffer. Hence, life and the politics 
>of life is not easily defined or solidified into concrete 
>expressions/formations/variables.
>
>Our workshop will provide a forum for graduate students researching 
>questions concerning the politics of life and death. These frameworks 
>are ones that, broadly speaking, seek to chart the ways in which the 
>management of life and living beings is central to political projects 
>and economic strategies. Attention to the politics of life and of 
>death is a theoretical perspective used by scholars across various 
>disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to address a broad range of
>issues 
>such as the production of economic and political inequality, the 
>relationships between health and politics, the creation of 
>marginalized populations, and the relationship between gender, class, 
>and race. In order to understand the multiple ways in which human 
>populations and living beings are represented and governed by 
>political and economic projects, a dialogue that crosses cultural and 
>disciplinary boundaries is crucial.
>
>We welcome an expansive series of topics and disciplines and we hope 
>to foster diverse, supportive, and critical engagements with the 
>politics of life and death. From populations to bodies, bio-capital to 
>cyborgs, brine shrimp to urban decay, resistance to regulation, 
>immigration to securitization, inquiries will explore the politics of 
>life. Graduate students from a wide array of disciplines are invited 
>to participate in this  workshop. We especially welcome those who seek 
>to investigate a similar problem from divergent analytic perspectives. 
>Life is not easily categorized and thus academic approaches are not 
>either.
>
>In bringing together different voices to explore the politics of life 
>we ask the  following questions:
>+ What constitutes life as the basis of a 
>political/critical/progressive project?
>+ What is the relationship between capitalism, regulation and the State?
>+ What is the relationship between the macro/population and the
>micro/genetic?
>+ How are illness, disease and natural disasters related to the  control of
>populations?
>+ How are developments in the life sciences related to the management 
>of populations?
>+ How is the value of life determined?
>
>Abstracts of 250 words and a short CV should be submitted to
>[log in to unmask] by January 22nd, 2008. 
>
>For more information, please visit http://lifeanddeath.wordpress.com/
>
>We will get back to all applicants by January 30th, 2008.

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