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>From: "Sura Rath" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The Art and Politics of Subversion: Theory in a 
>Counter Mode (5/31/06; collection)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
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>Forum on Contemporary Theory
>Centre for Contemporary Theory
>301-02 Shiv Shakti Complex
>84 Sampatrao Colony, R. C. Dutt Road
>Baroda 390 007, India
>Tel: (0265)5522512
>Website: www.fctworld.org; email: [log in to unmask];
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>The Forum on Contemporary Theory, an organization based in Baroda,
>India, has been organizing an international conference on Theory and
>inter-disciplinary studies and publishing a volume every year of select
>papers from the conference and from the submissions made in response to
>its Call for Papers for the volume. In keeping with this practice it
>will publish in 2006 a volume devoted to the theme of its eighth
>international conference "The Art and Politics of Subversion: Theory
>in a Counter Mode" held in Mangalore during 14-17 December 2005 in
>collaboration with the Department of English, Mangalore University.  The
>volume will be published by Pencraft International, Delhi in association
>with the Forum on Contemporary Theory, and will be formally launched at
>the inaugural ceremony of its 9th conference to be held in mid-December
>2006. It will be edited by R. Radhakrishnan, Chair, Department of Asian
>American Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature,
>University of California at Irvine, and Kishori Nayak, Chair, Department
>of English, Mangalore University, India. The editors will be assisted by
>R. Shashidhar, Ravishankar Rao, Parinitha and D. R. Shashidhar from the
>Department of English, Mangalore University.  The volume is part of a
>series called Critical Interventions in Theory and Praxis launched by
>the Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda under the general editorship
>of Prafulla C. Kar and Parul Dave Mukerji, Conveners of the Forum on
>Contemporary Theory.
>
>The theme of the eighth international conference, "The Art and
>Politics of Subversion: Theory in a Counter-Mode," continued the
>debate initiated at the Vishakapatnam 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 seemed 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 and 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. Despite Paul de Man's anxiety over the
>vulgarization of Theory in the marketplace, theory has reached a broad
>range of constituencies and is being consumed under different
>conditions. When subversive, and this is not always the case, Theory has
>not only critiqued the European legacies of the "metaphysics of
>presence" but has enabled the emergence of what Foucault would call
>"subjugated knowledges."  
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>The proposed volume will attempt to examine the conditions under which
>Theory has flourished, 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 been translated into its praxis and has thereby 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, as in the Sokal affair.
>
>Papers, mostly of conceptual nature, supported by textual examples, are
>welcome.  Mere textual analysis without any broad framework will not be
>entertained. The deadline for submissions is: May 31, 2006. You may send
>the paper as an email attachment to R. Radhakrishnan at [log in to unmask]
>or [log in to unmask]
>
>The decision about the status of your paper will be communicated to you
>by the end of August 2006.
>
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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
>Ellensburg, WA 98926-7521
>Phone: 509-963-1440
>Fax:      509-963-1206
>Email:   [log in to unmask]

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