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>From: Kathryn McEwen <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Figures of Convulsion (09/01/05; 11/18-19/05)
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>The graduate students of the Department of German at Princeton 
>University announce a graduate conference to be held November 18-19, 
>2005.  We invite abstracts from graduate students in German studies 
>and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences:
>
>Figures of Convulsion
>
>Literature, philosophy, visual art, music and film often figure 
>discontinuity and interruption as moments of convulsion.  Originally 
>a medical term, convulsion has come to refer to both bodily and 
>psychic phenomena-for instance, spasms, shivers, laughter, 
>contractions, hysteria, paroxysm, orgasm and epilepsy.  These 
>conditions raise the question of what constitutes a convulsion.  Is 
>paroxysmal activity necessarily irregular, unpredictable, and 
>discontinuous?  To what extent is it involuntary?  Must it always be 
>pathological, or can it manifest itself as benign or even 
>therapeutic? 
>
>We are interested not only in how the figure of convulsion 
>represents the intersection of certain bodily and psychic 
>activities, but also in how this trope gains currency in a variety 
>of discourses.  The vocabulary and imagery of convulsion is used to 
>describe certain political and social experiences, such as 
>agitation, unrest, excitement or revolution, as well as violent 
>geological disturbances (earthquakes or volcanic eruptions). 
>Further, convulsion is often also a means of representation-for 
>example, unstable images produced by certain photographic and filmic 
>practices, as well as explosive sounds that destabilize the relation 
>of signal, noise and silence.
>
>We are seeking papers that examine interruptions of any kind that 
>result in a transformation or radical shift, whether as formal 
>quality or thematic element.
>
>
>Please send a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract to 
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