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>Subject: CFP: Pleasure and Responsibility: 
>What's at Stake? (12/1/06; 2/9/07-2/10/07)
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>CFP: "Pleasure and Responsibility: Whatís at Stake?" 12/1/06; 2/9-2/10/07
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>11th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
>Conference:
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>February 9-10,  University of Michigan
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>CLIFF is pleased to announce a conference devoted to an examination of
>the role of aesthetics in what appears to be an increasingly
>politicized academic world.  How do you define intellectual pleasure
>and political responsibility?  Do aesthetics still have a role in 
>politics and ethics or has it become an obsolete concept that cannot be
>salvaged?  We want to probe the definition of such terms as aesthetics,
>pleasure, responsibility, ethics, politics, intellectual--considered on
>their own, as well as in various combinations and  relationships to
>each other; and to explore what is at stake when such definitions are
>so elusive.
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>What role, if any, do style and aesthetics play in literary criticism? 
>What role do style and aesthetics play in your own  literary criticism.
>   Are there aesthetic criteria according to which  we can judge works
>of art?  Or would such criteria merely be the meretricious playthings
>of ideologies?
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>The CLIFF conference will address the question of ends.  What is the
>ultimate purpose of your work?  In your writing, teaching and 
>research, do you hope to pursue aesthetic, political, or ethical ends,
>or some combination of these?  Why and in what way?  If you aim to make
>a political and/or ethical intervention, why do you choose to do so
>through the arts (and not, for example, direct political  involvement)?
>   What is the relationship between aesthetics and citizenship in a
>democracy?  Might aesthetic judgment itself  strengthen democratic
>participation?
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>The primary goal of this conference is to share our work and ideas with
>each other while sparking debate centered on the topics of  aesthetic
>pleasure and political responsibility.  The conference  hopes to
>provide participants with a forum in which to present their  current
>research while explaining how their research contributes to political
>and/or aesthetic ends.
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>Possible subtopics include:
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>Revolution and aesthetics
>History of aesthetics
>History and aesthetics
>Ethics and aesthetics of translation
>Aesthetics, citizenship and democracy
>The aesthetics and ethics of reading
>Technology and aesthetics
>Anti-aesthetics
>Aesthetics of war
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>Please submit abstracts of 250 words maximum to [log in to unmask] by
>December 1, 2006.
>Direct any questions to the organizing committee at [log in to unmask]

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