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>From: "Rethinking Precarity" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Rethinking Precarity (grad) (11/5/06; 1/19/07)
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>First Annual Graduate Student Conference
>Department of Comparative Studies  (http://comparativestudies.osu.edu)
>The Ohio State University   Columbus, OH USA
>   One-Day Conference   January 19th, 2007
>
>RETHINKING PRECARITY
>         Of urgent concern for philosophers, political theorists, and
>activists, the twin notions of precarity and precariousness have recently
>and necessarily become paradigmatic.  Precarity is generally invoked to
>describe the concrete state of uncertainty in which more and more of the
>world finds itself, and precariousness emerged in its shadow.  Figured
>largely as a question of ethics, the idea of precariousness suggests our
>immediate and constitutive defenselessness, and is founded on the
>recognition that survival is ultimately dependent upon the continued mercy
>and compassion of others, even as we seek more active interventions.  These
>two modes of instability can alternately coexist and converge; operating
>separately or in tandem, appearing in their many incarnations, they define
>the pandemic vulnerability of our world.
>         Myriad potentials rest in this precariousness; we have seen, of
>course, how easy it has been to react violently and destructively to the
>recognition of mortality.  Yet we are also free (and perhaps also ethically
>bound) to pursue other avenues.  Judith Butler offers one such direction in
>her collection of essays, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and
>Violence; she encourages us to chart ?other passages? and emphasizes the
>necessity of ýreimagining the possibility of community on the basis of
>vulnerability and loss.ţ
>         This is a call for graduate student papers on the subject of the
>precarious, and we invite abstracts for projects that engage precarity
>and/or precariousness in what Butler identifies as the constellation of
>ýmortality, vulnerability, agency.ţ
>         The daylong conference is scheduled to coincide with Michael HardtÝs
>lecture and seminar on January 18-19, 2007, organized by OSUÝs Working Group
>for Cultural Difference and Democracy.
>     We welcome papers that consider the following topics or others in terms
>of their relationships to precarity and/or precariousness:
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>* Consumption
>* The nation
>* Sex and sexuality
>* Activism
>* Religion and faith
>* Housing, dwelling, and architecture
>* Science or scientism
>* Confrontations with death and finitude
>* Myths and folklores
>* Safety and security
>* Gender
>* ŰNaturalÝ disasters
>* Media and culture
>* Art and literature
>* Environmentalism
>* Embodiment
>* History, history, and historiography
>* Language
>* Identity
>* Migrancy
>* Visuality
>* Fear and terror
>* Psychoanalysis
>* War and militarization
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>Please send 250-word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers to
>[log in to unmask]  The deadline for submissions is
>November 5th, 2006.  Accepted applicants will be notified by November 30th,
>2006.  In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information:
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>Presenter(s) name(s):
>Institutional affiliation(s):
>Level of graduate study:
>Title of paper:
>Contact information:
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>

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