>From: "Ben Carson" <[log in to unmask]>
>Call for Papers
>Paper proposals are currently being accepted for the Contemporary
>Critical Theory panel at the 13th Annual Central New York Conference on
>Language and Literature held at Cortland College of the State University
>of New York, 26-28 October 2003.
>While all proposals will be considered, particular consideration will be
>given to those which engage questions such as, Have the lessons of
>postmodernism, especially its critique of essentialism, been learned and
>put into practice (whether in or outside the academy), or are we
>slipping back into-or did we ever really take leave of-modernism and its
>concomitant attitude toward subjectivity? Have we forgotten the
>strategic aspect of Spivak's "strategic essentialism" and returned to an
>identity politics wedded to essentialist attitudes? In what way does the
>academy, and the institutionalization of radical discourse, perpetuate,
>even while claiming to undermine, essentialist notions of identity?
>Despite the knowledge of the complexity of subject formation, are we
>still too reliant on (and too willing to cling to) the reductive
>categories of race and gender? Are we ready for the "post-gender [and
>post-human] world" Haraway called for in her "A Cyborg Manifesto"? Are
>we ready for a radical political culture "beyond the color line"
>(Gilroy)? Can we finally abandon these categories which have, in the
>words of Deleuze and Guattari, "made us suffer too much"? And can we do
>so without a return to humanism?
>Proposals should be approximately 500 words. Papers may engage these
>issues solely from a theoretical point of view or incorporate literary
>works or other relevant material.
>Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2003.
>Send proposals via email (as an attachment in Word) to
>[log in to unmask] or by snail mail to:
>Benjamin D. Carson
>344 S. 18th St. #1
>Lincoln, NE 68508
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