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>From: Sura Rath <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Eighth International Conference on Contemporary Theory 
>(India) (8/1/05; 12/14/05-12/17/05)
>
>Eighth International Conference
>Mangalore University (India)
>14-17 December 2005
>
>Topic: "The Art and Politics of Subversion: Theory in a
>Counter-Mode"
>
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>The eighth international conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory
>will be held in Mangalore, 14-17 December 2005, in collaboration with
>the Department of English, Mangalore University. The theme of the
>conference, "The Art and Politics of Subversion: Theory in a
>Counter-Mode," continues the debate initiated at the Vizag conference
>in 2004, focusing on the dialogic encounter between the discourse of
>high Theory and what could be called its "double" in its popular
>manifestation. It seeks to explore in some detail how Theory's
>dominance as an exclusive academic discipline seems to have been
>undermined through its own proliferation in the market of commodity
>fetishization.  But what may appear to be its dilution has in fact
>become a symptom of Theory's greater accessibility and transmission
>across cultures. This is visible in the very language in which Theory
>now circulates in its many forms. One could see even in Derrida's
>later writings the sign of such a linguistic transformation indicating
>his inclination toward some kind of expressive intelligibility.  The
>Bakhtinian notion of dialogism germane to every culture seems true in
>the case of Theory as well. In its essentially subversive nature Theory
>has not only critiqued the European legacies of the "metaphysics of
>presence" but has brought to the fore the underside of those legacies
>hidden under their more visible aspects. Paul de Man in his well-known
>essay "Resistance to Theory" seems to have expressed his uneasiness
>at such a "flourishing" of Theory in the sub-culture of the
>market-place, away from the sanctuary of the classroom.
>
>The conference will attempt to examine the conditions under which such
>a " flourishing" has taken place, the implications for such
>proliferation for Theory itself and its academic relevance, the nature
>and modes of such proliferation and their cultural significance. It may
>sound paradoxical, but it seems true that Theory as a holistic
>enterprise has provided conditions for its own deconstruction by
>encouraging subversion as its desired goal,  thereby re-generating
>itself through its descent from its  self-imposed loftiness to the level
>of public participation by exploring its playful and comic potential.
>The ascendancy of the "popular" manifested in various cultural and
>aesthetic forms seems to signal that Theory has found its appropriate
>articulation. We shall explore how this counter-mode has been able to
>re-direct the energies of Theory into its ludic direction, thus opening
>itself up to useful social and cultural appropriation. Through such
>devices as political cartoons, fictional parody and burlesque, comic
>strips and kitsch, colonial mimicry, carnivalesque laughter, play and
>games, anecdotes as interventions, exploration of the body in its
>performative acts and such other devices, Theory is ubiquitous in its
>panoply of self-constitutive subversion. This kind of subversion is both
>ideological, as it is aimed against high theory's valorization of
>linguistic opacity and artistic as it exploits the material already
>available in the field of Theory, extending its boundary so that its
>relevance to the world at large is not lost.  The works of Huizinga and
>Bakhtin could be used as conceptual tools for throwing more light on
>this aspect of Theory's other face. It is important to understand what
>happens to Theory when it circulates through media and popular art
>forms, or when Theory creates its own travesties.
>
>Papers, mostly of conceptual nature, supported by textual examples, are
>welcome.  Mere textual analysis without any broad framework will not be
>entertained. 
>
>Special Sessions: A special panel on a regional text will be one of the
>highlights of the conference. This year's choice for the panel is the
>Kannada Play Tale-Danda by Girish Karnad. Tale-Danda, translated into
>English by the author himself, is published by Ravi Dayal (New Delhi,
>1999).   Set in the 12th century, the play depicts through its multiple
>levels of subversion how the protagonist Basavanna, a Brahmin himself,
>tries to bring about social change  through revolts against the Vedic
>practices and caste system but can not succeed in transforming that
>society. 
>
>Another special session, which will be a continuing feature from now
>on, will focus on the State of the Discipline. Scholars representing
>various humanities and social science disciplines will examine the
>nature of developments in their respective disciplines and comment upon
>their future direction.
>
>Submission deadline: 500-word abstracts or proposals are due by  August
>1, 2005. Complete papers should be limited to 12 pages (approximately 20
>minutes reading time). A longer version may be submitted for possible
>publication in the Journal of Contemporary Thought, brought out by the
>Forum, or in the conference volume. The completed paper should reach the
>Convener of the Forum by October 30. Submissions from outside India
>should be e-mailed to [log in to unmask]
>
>  Registration deadline: September 5, 2005. All participants need to be
>pre-registered.
>
>1. Participant from India (non-member)			Rs 2500.00
>2. Participant from India (member of the Forum)		Rs
>2000.00
>3. Overseas Participant (SAARC countries)		$100.00
>4. Overseas Participants (non-SAARC countries)		$150.00
>5. Local Participant (non-member)			Rs 800.00
>6. Local Participant (member of the Forum)		Rs 700.00
>7. Student Participant (from Mangalore University)	Rs 200.00
>
>The registration fee covers room and board for 4 days. The fee from the
>local participants will cover lunch, conference tea, and other
>conference material. The fee must be paid through a bank draft payable
>to Forum on Contemporary Theory on a bank in Baroda. The amount may be
>sent to: Prafulla  Kar, Convener of the Forum, Centre for Contemporary
>Theory, 301-302 Shiv Shakti Complex, 84 Sampatrao Colony, R.C. Dutt
>Road, Baroda 390007, India.
>
>Sightseeing Tours: Those who sign up to go on a local tour on December
>14 will be charged a small extra fee to be determined by the local
>hosts. The city tour will cover the important places in Mangalore and
>the famous Bekal Fort in the neighboring Kerala.
>
>Mangalore is located on the west coast of India, in the state of
>Karnataka, between Goa and Kerala. It is connected by air from Mumbai
>and Bangalore and by train to major cities in the country. Besides,
>there are frequent bus services from Bangalore, Goa and Cochin (Kochi).
>It is famous for its temples and beaches. One can visit Udupi (65 kms),
>famous for its South Indian cuisine and Krishna Temple; Malpe Beach and
>St. Mary's Island; Mookambika Temple at Kollur (110 kms). One can
>visit Goa and Kerala before or after the conference.
>
>Mangalore University was founded in 1969. It is located in the village
>of Konaje, a picturesque setting for an academic institution. It is 18
>km. away from the city of Mangalore. There are frequent bus services
>between the city and the University campus. Most of the participants
>will be accommodated in the city.
>
>For further information, please contact any of the following:
>
>Prafulla C. Kar and Parul Dave Mukherji, Conveners
>Forum on Contemporary Theory
>Centre for Contemporary Theory
>301-302 Shiv Shakti Complex, 84 Sampatrao  Colony, R.C. Dutt Road,
>Baroda 390007
>Tel: 0265-2338067 (res.); 0265- 2351323 (res.); 0265-5522512 (off.)
>Email: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
>
>Kishori Nayak and R. Shashidhar
>Department of English and Joint Coordinators of the Conference
>Mangalore University
>Mangalagongothri, Karnataka 574199
>Tel: 0824-5514810 (res.); 0824- 2287120 (res.) 0824-2287381 (off.)
>Email: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
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>Sura P. Rath, Director
>The William O. Douglas Honors College
>Central Washington University
>Language & Literature Building, #103B
>400 East University Way
>Ellensbu-rg, WA 98926-7521
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>Phone: 509-963-1440
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