>CALL FOR PAPERS
>CATASTROPHE NOW: THE WRECKAGE OF UTOPIA
>University of Florida's Marxist Reading Group Annual Conference
>Keynote Speakers: Susan Buck-Morss and Christian Parenti
>March 25-27 at the University of Florida=20
>"In the wake of the failed utopia of industrial modernity, where the =
>promises of mass sovereignty, mass production, and mass culture have led =
>not to abundance and more freedoms, but instead to ecological =
>devastation, catastrophes of war, exploitation, dictatorship, and =
>technological destruction and to a panoply of phantasmagoric effects =
>that aestheticize the violence of modernity and anaesthetize its =
>victims, how do we re-conceive collective political action and a present =
>utopia?" (Susan Buck-Morss, Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of =
>Mass Utopia in East and West)
>This conference seeks papers that address how pedagogy, activism, =
>aesthetics, and theory help constitute positions against the hegemony of =
>Global Capital. To be precise, how do we disrupt the seemingly =
>undisruptable: a Capitalist system that conjures up a communal unity =
>that eventually obscures the social tensions of class conflict? How do =
>we re-constitute past modes of (modernist) discourse into oppositional =
>modes of engagement against the State? By dissolving the boundaries of =
>disparate modes of discourse e.g., Islamism, aesthetics, Marxism, can =
>we produce new forms of engagement against Global Capital? How do we =
>turn the dreamworld of consumerism into a state of desertion and =
>engagement? How can we imagine a progressive globalization? How do we =
>construct a progressive global left?
> Susan Buck-Morss, a professor of political philosophy and social =
>theory at Cornell University, is the author of Thinking Past Terror: =
>Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left, Dreamworld and Catastrophe: =
>The Power of Mass Utopia in East and West, The Dialectics of Seeing: =
>Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project, and The Origin of Negative =
>Dialectics: Theodore Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt =
>Institute. Buck-Morss has written a number of innovative essays on =
>aesthetics, politics, and the work of art, including: "Aesthetics and =
>Anaesthetics: Walter Benjamin's Artwork Essay Reconsidered" and "The =
>City as Dreamworld and Catastrophe."
> Christian Parenti is the author of Lockdown America: Police and =
>Prisons in the Age of Crisis, Taking Liberties: Prisons, Policing, and =
>Surveillance in an Age of Crisis, and The Soft Cage: Surveillance in =
>America from Slavery to the War on Terror. He is a Soros Senior Justice =
>Fellow of the Open Society Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the CUNY =
>Graduate School's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He teaches at =
>the New College of California in San Francisco and works as a radio =
>journalist in Central America, New York and California. Parenti is a =
>regular contributor to numerous publications, including: Salon, The =
>Nation, San Diego Union Tribune, Washington Post, The Progressive, In =
>These Times, Christian Science Monitor, and The New York News Day.
> Prospective papers may address (but are not limited to) the following:
> *Anti-humanism/post-humanism in Empire
> *Reification of history.
> *Narrative mappings of the political.=20
> *What counts as labor?
> *Re-thinking subjectivities through singularity.
> *Society of control and new forms of policing/discipline.
> *The aesthetics of security.
> *Re-writing the frontiers of the nation-state.
> *Exploiting security: crime and the warehousing of the poor
> *Prosthetics, Clones, Cyborgs: The body and technological ontologies.
> *Strategies of containing revolutionary practices.
> *Gender and the place of work.
> *Global capital and imagining the apocalypse.
> *Pedagogies and reorganizing relations of space.
> *Literature and collectivity.
> *Insurgent spatial practices: sites for alternative production.
> *Professionalization and the corporate university.
> *Media and formulations of collectivity.
> *Constructions of a revolutionary identity.
> *"National Dreams" of Prosperity and Poverty
> *Politics of zoning.
> *US policy, war, and terrorism.
> Non-traditional or performative panels will also be considered.
> One-page abstracts, questions, and comments should be submitted to the =
>Marxist Reading Group at [log in to unmask]
> Abstracts due: February 10.
> For more information about our group, conferences, and keynote =
>speakers go to www.english.ufl.edu/mrg.
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