>Subject: CFP: Mapping the Body (9/15/02, ACLA April 4-5, 2002)
>CFP: Cartographies of Corporeality
>ACLA Conference April 4-6, 2003
>San Marcos California
>Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2002
>This panel seeks proposals for 20-30 minute papers which interrogate the
>overlap and 'crossing' between mapping the world and mapping the body. A
>persistent theme in post-colonial writing as well as in feminist fiction,
>these 'somatic mappings' often explore how the body crosses over into
>places/cultures/geographies and how places/culture/geographies map
>themselves onto bodies. In contemporary fiction, writers such as Jeanette
>Winterson, Jamaica Kinkcaid, Peter Carey, Bharati Mukherjee, Margaret
>Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Junot Diaz have 'mapped' the relationship
>between bodies and geographies in diverse ways. In addition, recent
>theoretical accounts such as Places Through the Body, Thinking Through the
>Skin, Bodies Out of Bounds, Nomadic Subjects, Bodies that Matter, and
>Bodies of Thought have charted various inroads examining the complex
>dialectic between bodies and places.
>This panel seeks to discuss these various 'cartographies of corporeality'
>in relation to the general conference theme of 'crossing over'. Papers
>reading these somatic mappings through the guise of contemporary theory are
>More generally, this panel seeks to address some of the following questions:
>How do different types/genres/styles of fiction map the body? (i.e.
>post-colonial, feminist, Victorian, science fiction, the grotesque,etc.)
>What are the effects of conceiving of the body as a zone to be mapped? How
>do such configurations ally with cybernetic/virtual conceptions of the body?
>How is gender/race/class/sexuality mapped onto the body? How can these
>mappings be reconfigured?
>What are the delimiting/enabling factors of conceiving of the body as a
>'land mass' that can be traversed, codified, and charted?
>Does identity politics, as theorist Wendy Brown claims, 'map' the body as
>How can Judith Butler's conception of "Bodies that Matter" be allied to a
>reconfigured mapping of various types of bodies?
>How do particular historical epochs, cultural trends, geographical
>locations map the body?
>What corporeal cartographies have emerged/are emerging in the 21st century?
>How are political/presidenital bodies mapped?
>How does nationalism inform somatic mapping?
>Please send 400 word abstracts to Natalie Wilson at [log in to unmask]
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