Conception and Consumption
University of Washington
Graduate Conference for Interdisciplinary Studies

May 8-9, 2008
Speaker: TBA

Bringing together contributions from the West Coast and beyond, this 
interdisciplinary graduate student conference seeks to examine the relation 
between conception and consumption.  By moving beyond polarized notions of 
genesis and eradication, we seek critical investigations of themes ranging from 
the production of ideas and their assembly into works, to their re-workings and 
applications throughout time and space.  Within the erratic global imbalance of 
material and textual fertility, creative and scientific traditions have been 
repeatedly contested by subsequent generations of excavators, shedding new 
light on obscured pasts and allowing for alternative trajectories for the 
future.  Revisiting the processes of conception and consumption will broaden 
perspectives on palimpsests, inspiration, society and the possibility of 
expressing agency.  The graduate students of the University of Washington 
welcome papers on “Conception and Consumption” from all disciplines.  Given 
the interdisciplinary platform of this conference, candidates are encouraged to 
consider how their work can be situated within a wider academic discourse. 
Panels might include but are not limited to:

•	Insurgent and Official Borrowing
•	Transmission and Reception
•	Consumption, Waste, and Nature
•	Tests of Form and Theory
•	Surviving the Global
•	Intent and Misappropriation
•	Creativity, Violence, Experimentation
•	Corporeality and Representation
•	Seasons and Cycles
•	Use and Adaptations
•	Comparative / Competing Histories
•	Erasure / Resurfacing
•	Property: Distribution and Ownership

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (8-10 pages MLA style).  Abstracts 
(250 words) should include full name, paper title, institutional affiliation 
and indication of preferred panel.  Panel proposals for 75 minute sessions 
(comprised of three presentations) are also encouraged.  Submission deadline is 
February 11th, 2008.  Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to 
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