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>From: "Gonul Pultar" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Resentment In/Of Women's Studies (12/31/06; 2/23/07)
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>CFP: Resentment In/Of Women's Studies (due 12/31/06; held 2/23/07)
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>King Richard's opening remark "Now is the winter of our discontent"
>(Shakespeare, 1597) resonates with the discourse of our postmodern age
>of uncertainty. The historical reiterations of resentment as a zeitgeist
>suggest something about its very nature, of its ironically competing
>pulls towards morbidity and hopeful calls for faith and love.
>Nietzsche, in his autobiography, considers that "nothing on earth
>consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment," alluding to
>its erotic and masochistic power, and its paradoxical potential to
>destroy and generate. Resentment fuels wars, infects relationships,
>splits people internally but may also act as a catalyst for positive
>expression and productive action.
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>This conference seeks to gain purchase on and work through this elusive,
>multivalent concept by exploring how economies of resentment are
>configured in multiple disciplines and varied mediums.
>
>Suggested paper topics, here loosely grouped, include (but are not
>limited to):
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>*Knowledge production; feminist aesthetics*
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>     - Authorship and/or publication as outlet for or expression of
>     resentment
>     - Discontent with modernity, post-modernity, or globalization
>     - Resentment between/within women's studies, men's studies, and queer
>     studies, within/out of the academy
>     - Inter- and intra-department politicking, subversion, backstabbing
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>*Psychology, philosophy, religion*
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>     - Resentment as paralyzing ("resentment is like taking poison and
>     waiting for the other person to die")
>     - or, as spur to action (as the saying goes,   "to have a grievance
>     is to have a purpose in life") or revenge
>     - Envy as sin, or penance; self-flagellation and other forms of
>     self-control through self-hatred; mastering resentment via
>self-control
>     - The erotics of bitterness; the pleasures of holding a grudge
>     - Narcissistic resentment ("sucks to be me") vs. * schadenfreude*
>     - Freudian *u nbehagen* (discontent with civilization), and Marxist
>     intersections
>     - Illness or humiliation as cure of resentment
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>*Cultural studies*
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>     - The feminine subject position of non-agent resentment vs.
>     "masculine" proactivity
>     - Male resentment of feminism; backlash
>     - Spaces of resentment; "safe" spaces for the expression of
>     resentment; resentment-free spaces
>     - Labeling as deviant; slurs, and gossip as expressions of resentment
>     - Heterosexual resentment of perceived homosexual elasticity, and
>vice versa
>
>*Socio-legal-political** *
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>     - Second-citizenship; National resentment, and/or the resentment of
>     citizen-subjects against their nation or another (allegedly
>imperialist or colonizing) nation
>     - Humiliation or trauma creating or fueling resentment, e.g., in
>     conflict
>     - The deployment of discontent; resentful anger as inspiration to, or
>     the basis of, organizing
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>     - The burden on the body of being owed a wrong
>     - "Justifiable" and "improper" forms of animus
>     - Reciprocal resentments between lower, middle, and upper class women
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>*ABSTRACTS DUE: ** 12/31/06** *
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>Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 300 words.
>
>Panels of 3-4 speakers are welcome to submit a joint abstract of no
>more than 500 words. Please clearly indicate if your proposal is a panel
>submission.
>
>Please e-mail your submission, along with a brief (3- to 4-sentence)
>bio, to [log in to unmask] as an attachment.  Selected
>speakers will be notified promptly.
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>
>
>*Steering Committee:   Keridiana Chez, Randy Cota, and Kelley C. Kawano*
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>*Co-Sponsored by the Women's Studies Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate
>Center *
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>Keridiana ("Kery") Chez
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>Ph.D. Student, English Dept., The CUNY Graduate Center
>Chair of the Feminist Studies Group, The CUNY Graduate Center
>Adjunct Lecturer, English Dept., Queens College
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>Keridiana ("Kery") Chez
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>Ph.D. Student, English Dept., The CUNY Graduate Center
>Chair of the Feminist Studies Group, The CUNY Graduate Center
>Adjunct Lecturer, English Dept., Queens College

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