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>From: "Cannon Schmitt" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Evolutionary Temporalities (2/15/06; NAVSA, 8/31/06-9/3/06)
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>Evolutionary Temporalities
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>This NAVSA special session invites consideration of the
>interplay between nineteenth-century evolutionary theory and
>conceptualizations of time. Historians of science have amply
>documented the role of the vast temporal spans posited by
>geological "deep time" in making thinkable a natural selection
>that gives rise to dramatic changes in organisms merely by
>slowly accumulating minute variations. Did other accounts of
>time (its extent, directionality, accessibility to observation
>or measurement, etc.) prove similarly epistemologically
>enabling--or, on the contrary, pose dificulties for theorizing
>the transmutation of species? More interesting still, perhaps,
>is the question of the temporalities that evolution opened up
>or made newly pertinent. Rudiments, recapitulation,
>perfection, regression, saltation, accumulation, extinction:
>many of the key terms of the debate within Victorian
>biological circles centered on issues of time and timing, and
>the specifically temporal implications of evolutionary theory
>were arguably those taken up with the most passion, anxiety,
>and intellectual excitement by thinkers who sought to bring
>that theory to bear on matters literary, political, or
>anthropological. Submit to this special session by e-mailing
>Cannon Schmitt at [log in to unmask] and cc'ing the conference
>committee at [log in to unmask] Please indicate clearly in
>the body of your e-mail and in your proposal the special
>session to which you are submitting your paper. Proposals
>should be two pages (500 words) with a one-page curriculum
>vitae and should be submitted electronically in the body of an
>email or as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format by February
>15, 2006.

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