>From: "UCB Undead Conference" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The Undead (9/1/06; 10/19/06-10/20/06)
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>A conference at the University of California at Berkeley
>October 19-20, 2006
>Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature
>>From age-old whisperings of spirits and ghosts to the contemporary
>explosion of cultural interest in zombies, the concept of the undead
>is one that refuses to die.
>Inspired by the profusion of the undead across so many literatures, we
>are seeking papers from a variety of disciplines that explore the
>significance of the undead in any cultural context or time period. We
>also welcome work that takes the undead as an optic to study bodies,
>texts, concepts, and cultures that are at the intersections life and
>The undead is also a potent symbolic index for the instability of
>various categories of subjectivity, such as race, gender, class, and
>nationality. We are looking for papers that focus on these entangled
>We are interested in works that address the many forms of haunting,
>from discussions of authorial influence and working in a "dead"
>language, to investigations of spectrality in critical theory and the
>persistence of trauma or melancholia.
>Through this interdisciplinary conference, we seek to understand the
>status of the undead in literature, the arts, and critical theory.
>Some possible topics include (but are not limited to)
> - zombies and automatons
> - vampires and parasitism
> - ghosts and folk beliefs
> - figurations of race and gender
> - organ transplants, brain death, stem cells, phantom limbs
> - reanimating/preserving languages
> - trauma, melancholia
> - martyrdom
> - conceptual hauntings
> - creative inspiration
> - authorial influence
> - biopolitics and the human
>We welcome submissions from disciplines including but not limited to
>literary studies, anthropology, gender and sexuality studies,
>psychoanalysis, critical race theory, film studies, folklore,
>performance studies, linguistics, musicology, sociology, political
>science, rhetoric, art history, and area studies.
>Please send abstracts of about 400 words to [log in to unmask] by
>September 1, 2006.
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