Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:40:09 -0500 (EST)
Getting Obsessive: Culture and Excess
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium, March 28 and 29,
Sponsored by USC's Assocation of English Graduate Students and the
Center for Feminist Research
Keynote Speaker: Tavia Nyong'o, NYU Performance Studies.
Everyone's a little bit obsessive; academics are usually more than
little. But what consitutes our obsessions and what work do they do?
is the relation between obsession and knowledge production; and
about less legitimate obsessions, the things, places, people and
forms about which we feel excessive love or hate?
Thinking about the subjects and objects of obsession raises
questions about knowledge and culture. How do literary and cultural
provoke and represent obsession? Whose investments get defined as
excessive and obsessive and whose are seen as justifiable (in)
moderation? What politics underlie obsession? Who gets to say when
is too much?
We invite 20-minute papers, panels or performances, from all
and interdisciplinary locations, on any aspect of obsession and
These might include:
* ideologies of excess
* excess and obsession in literature
* affect in theory and theories of affect
* fandom and antifandom
* sexual obsession and excessive sexualities
* how race and gender contour understandings of excess
* work/overwork and academic labor
* class, excess and restraint/moderation
* excessive femininities and masculinities
* dressing to excess; fashion and drag
* 'cult' objects and the canon
* obsession, time and memory
300-word abstracts are due January 14, 2008. Please email .doc or
files to uscaegs_at_gmail.com.
We invite all participants to share their obsessions and find new ones
a music and poetry event in the evening of March 29, organized in
association with USC's Pop Music Project.