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>Subject: CFP: New Directions in Critical Theory: The "Intersections"
>Conference (grad) (1/21/05; 4/7/05-4/9/05)
>From: "Michael Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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>New Directions in Critical Theory and the English Department at the
>University of Arizona Present:
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>Intersections: A Cross-Disciplinary Investigation for New Meaning
>April 7-9, 2005
>
>The 2005 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, an interdisciplinary
>forum at the University of Arizona, will focus on the role that
>intersections play in an increasingly complex and diversified world. We
>believe that intersections represent especially promising sites for
>exploration because they create new worlds and new meanings that challenge
>dichotomous thinking, allowing researchers to wander productively through
>areas existing outside of traditionally defined disciplines. They invite
>academics to become intellectuals and participate in the world beyond the
>confines of the ivory tower. We imagine that intersections offer flexible
>methodologies where theories inform practices, and history complicates
>theory, where the concept of difference enables scholars to discern the
>internal heterogeneity concealed by more monolithic representations of
>identity, producing a filigreed image of subjectivities simultaneously
>interpellated along racial, sexual, gendered and class lines. Researchers
>attuned to the role of intersections will note the way globalization
>collides with nationalism, producing new forms of the imagined community.
>They will see how high culture learns from popular and popular from high,
>and as educators, they will interrogate the role that technology plays in
>their pedagogy. Where do you see intersections at work and how can you
>formulate intellectual practices that incorporate their lessons and that
>will be best suited for understanding the world in which we live?
>
>We invite graduate students from any discipline to present
>theoretically-oriented scholarship that puts intersections to productive
>use, scholarship that juxtaposes, problematizes challenges, blurs, and/or
>deconstructs existing domains of knowledge in any area of cultural activity,
>and in so doing, opens up new possibilities for understanding.
>
>Presentation topics might include but are not limited to:
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>Theory and Practice
>Theory and History
>Theory and the Classroom
>Theory and Activism
>The Academy and Public Life
>Activism and the Academy
>Teaching in the Humanities
>Technology and the Classroom
>Technology and Reification
>Technology and Nature
>Literature and Ecocriticism
>Community Intersections
>Public and Private Realms
>Marxism and Psychoanalysis
>Representation and Power
>Consumerism/ Media and Identity
>Popular and High Culture
>Film and Literature
>Power and Sexuality
>Performative and Substantial Identities
>The Gendered/ Raced/ Classed/ Sexed and Differently-Abled Body
>Sex and Economy
>Women and Exchange
>Feminism and Marxism
>Feminist and Queer Theory
>Heteronormativity/ Homosexuality and Transsexuality
>Global and Local Politics
>Globalization and Nationalism
>Colonies and the Metropole
>The Rhetoric of the Clash of Civilizations
>Critical Race Theory
>Hybridity, Identity and the Third Space
>Nations and Language
>Difference and Identity
>Identity and Othering
>Humanity and Monstrosity
>
>We particularly welcome submissions attending to race, gender, class,
>ethnicity, sexuality, material culture, media and film studies, feminist
>studies, performativity, corporeality, and visuality. Please submit 100-250
>word individual abstracts or panel proposals, comprised of a 100-250 word
>abstract for the entire panel and one 100-250 word abstract for each paper.
>Include names, email addresses, institutional affiliations, technology
>requests, paper titles with abstracts by January 21, 2005 to:
>
>Michael Parker and Sami Sansevere
>Conference Co-Chairs
>Modern Languages Building, Room 445
>University of Arizona
>Tucson, AZ 85721
>(520) 621-1836
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