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>From: "New Directions Conference" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: New Directions in Critical Theory: (Re)Locating 
>Borders: Negotiating & Constructing Identities (1/15/07; 
>3/3/07-3/4/07)
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>NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL THEORY:
>(Re)Locating Borders:  Negotiating & Constructing Identities
>
>University of Arizona
>March 3-4, 2007
>
>CALL FOR PAPERS:
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>The 2007 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, an
>interdisciplinary graduate student forum at the University of Arizona,
>will focus on interrogating the tensions inherent in constructing and
>negotiating identities against and through physical and metaphorical
>borders.  Considering our proximity to a physical border in an era of
>political discourse that continues to use the concept of identity in a
>divisive manner, we wish to address the many ways and reasons that
>identities fluctuate in an ongoing process of negotiation and
>re-articulation.
>
>In addition to theorizing the work that goes into identity formation
>when individuals are physically displaced, this conference also seeks
>to explore what happens when the borders in question are not as
>concrete as the line on a map.  Borders may be understood as an
>attempt to define and fix what belongs or does not belong in a given
>space; they also invoke fluid identities on multiple levels.  The
>contextualization of identity requires that we deny neither fixity nor
>changing practices within individuals or groups.  Scholars and
>activists speaking of identity frequently invoke a subtext of
>marginality in order to explore how categories such as race, class and
>gender disenfranchise and empower individuals.  How do individuals and
>groups deploy these categories in oppositional and definitional ways
>to intervene in and challenge borders?
>
>We wish to build upon the interdisciplinary nature of many graduate
>programs and knowledge in general to acknowledge the potential impact
>of crossing boundaries - in the academy, in scholarship, in daily
>life.  We welcome papers and presentations that examine the many
>parallel and intersecting borders that come into play in constructing
>and processing identity, to explore which borders are real or socially
>constructed and for what purposes.   Traditionally, New Directions
>sponsors a guest speaker whose work is related to the theme of the
>conference. This year will be no different. We are currently still in
>the process of negotiating contracts with potential speakers. An
>update will be posted when the speaker is confirmed.
>
>We invite graduate students from any discipline to present
>theoretically-oriented scholarship and creative work (such as
>photography, poetry, film, artwork, installation projects, and so on)
>that investigates the theme of borders and how they may or may not
>intersect, how they locate us inside or outside a particular concept
>of identity, and how we may seek to (re)locate them in order to claim
>new facets of identity.  A list of possible topics and subject areas
>may include:
>
>* Alienation
>* Appropriation and Co-optation
>* Bodies of/and Knowledge
>* Borders and Criminalization
>* Consumerism, Media and Identity
>* Diaspora, Displacement and Im/migration
>* Diversity and Similarity
>* Feminist, Queer and Critical Race Theories
>* Geographical Borders
>* Global/Local Politics and Policies
>* Heterinormativity/Homosexuality/Transsexuality
>* History/Autobiography
>* Hybridity and Embodiment
>* Language and discrimination
>* Memory and Identity
>* National/Cultural/Racial/Sexual/Gendered/Class Identity
>* Policy and planning
>* Popular Culture/High Culture
>* Post/Neocolonialism
>* Science and Technology
>* Sex and Economy
>* Space and Mobility
>* Spirituality and Subjectivity
>* Texts, Bodies and Spectacle
>* The Academy, Activism and Community
>* The Rhetoric of Territories and Frontiers
>* Tourism and Travel Writing
>* Translation/Adaptation/Interpretation
>* Virtual Borders and Identities
>
>
>Please submit 100-250 word individual abstracts or panel proposals
>consisting of a 100-250 word abstract for the entire panel and one
>100-250 abstract for each paper. Include names, email address, mailing
>addresses, institutional affiliations, technology requests, paper
>titles, and abstracts by January 15, 2007 to New Directions Co-Chairs
>at [log in to unmask] or c/o English Department, Modern Languages
>Building, Room 445, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721.
>
>Kind regards,
>New Directions Co-Chairs
>
>Daniel Griffin, Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English
>Michael Kolakoski, Literature
>Andrea Modarres, Literature
>Carly Thomsen, Women's Studies
>
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