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>Subject: CFP: Declensions of the Self (grad) (7/15/06; 9/28/06-9/29/06)
>The Graduate Students of the Departments of Modern Languages and
>Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and Political Science at the
>University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada invite proposals for their
>5th Graduate Student Conference on September 28th-29th 2006:
>Declensions of the Self: A Bestiary of Modernity
>Is it possible to revitalize our thought and praxis as, and about,
>modern human subjects?
>Declensions of the word reflect not only the role it plays within a
>sentence but also its status as an element acted upon by the sentence.
>Declensions of the self reflect not only the role the self plays as one
>who uses a myriad of modes of representation to construct his or her
>world, but also the extent to which s/he is subject to, and constructed
>by, those codes, languages, symbols, metaphors and modes of
>A bestiary is a carefully staged spectacle consisting of these modern
>dichotomies: the real and the ideal; the said and the unsaid; the
>rational and the irrational; the bound and the free; the familiar and
>the exotic; word and language; self and world. It makes the self at
>once the beast within the cageóthe spectacleóand the spectator: the one
>who gazes through the bars, the one who is subject to that gaze and the
>architect of their predicament.
>The dearth of frank discussion about the fears, desires and anxieties
>of the modern subject is of urgent concern to us. The abundance of
>writing about these matters, and the lack of current, public discussion
>of them calls for action.
>As Graduate Students in Philosophy, Political Science, Modern Languages
>and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, we invite reasoning
>about the irrational, speech about the unspeakable, thought concerning
>the modern human beast in all of its forms and follies, in theory and
>We welcome submissions from graduate students in Film Studies, Gender
>Studies, Fine Arts, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Economics,
>Social Sciences, Literature, and Religious Studies. Given the broad
>scope of the conference, we will also consider submissions from any
>other relevant realm of scholarly inquiry.
>200-300 word abstracts ought to be submitted to the Organizing
>Committee by July 15th, 2006. Please send abstracts to
>[log in to unmask] Presentations ought to be approximately 20
>minutes in duration. Submissions in English, French, Spanish and
>German are welcome. It is our intention to publish a selection of
>articles (20-30 pages) from the presentations that address the theme of
>the conference in a particularly relevant fashion.
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