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>From: "Andrew Klein" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Pathologies: Scientific and 
>Cultural Representation of the Normal and the 
>Abnormal (grad) (1/29/07; 3/16/07-3/17/07)
>
>Pathologies:
>   Scientific and Cultural Representations of the
>   Normal and the Abnormal
>   
>   Rice University
>   March 16’Äì17, 2007
>   
>   Keynote Speaker: Rachel Adams, Ph.D., 
>associate professor of English and American 
>Literature and associate director of American 
>Studies at Columbia University.  She is the 
>author of several books and essays, including 
>Sideshow U.S.A: Freaks and the American Cultural 
>Imagination and editor of The Masculinity 
>Studies Reader.
>   
>   From the Sokal affair to the proliferation of 
>sub-disciplinary fields such as posthumanism and 
>disability studies, the sciences and the 
>humanities are engaging with each other in new 
>and often surprising ways.  This conference is 
>interested in exploring what ’Äúthe two 
>cultures’Äù can learn from one another.  In 
>particular, we are interested in how these areas 
>of research work’Äîboth in opposition and 
>collaboration’Äîto imagine and construct the 
>normal and the abnormal.  From phrenology to 
>eugenics to critical race theory, the sciences 
>and the humanities are both responsible for 
>influencing the ways we think about and 
>categorize identities and the relationship 
>between the functional and the defunct, the 
>tolerable and the intolerable, and the orthodox 
>and the unconventional.  We hope that this 
>conference will open new pathways for 
>collaborative work between the two disciplines. 
>   
>
>   Paper topics could include but are not limited to:
>   v      The representation, management, and 
>history of physical and mental disease
>   v      Disability studies, including the 
>management of bodies, the gaze and the disabled 
>body, accessibility, and disability rights and 
>culture
>   v      Metaphors or tropes of the healthy or diseased body
>   v      Social disorders, both individual and 
>collective, such as misanthropy, anxiety, hate 
>crime, hypocrisy, and racism
>   v      Literatures and theories that describe 
>and diagnose social behaviors and disorders, 
>from conduct literature and popular periodicals 
>to psychiatric diagnostic manuals and textbooks
>   v      Subculture, crime, perversion and other social deviance
>   v      Racial and sexual difference
>   v      The (ab)use of normative categories in colonialism
>   v      Theoretical position papers exploring 
>the fundamental questions of what literary 
>studies can learn from the sciences and what the 
>sciences can learn from literary studies
>   
>   We invite both individual and panel 
>submissions from all disciplines.  Please send 
>abstracts of 200 words or less to 
>[log in to unmask]  Presentations 
>should be no more than 20 minutes in length. 
>Our submission deadline is January 29, 2007. 
>
>   Questions? Contact Andrew Klein 
>([log in to unmask]) or Victoria Ford 
>([log in to unmask]).

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