Flight Time: Moment and Momentum in the New Millennium
CSCL Graduate Conference
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
March 22-24, 2002
Plenary Speaker: Réda Bensmaïa - Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Brown University.
The present transformation of time and space is simultaneously opening up new potentials and engendering new hazards. Our decreased reliance on geographic, social and theoretical boundaries means increased movement of global capital, peoples and ideas. This conference is interested in the multiple implications of the concept of flight, and how flight, as an inevitable feature of contemporary life, transforms our very experience of time.
How does the concept of flight imply both freedom and containment? How have our understandings of time and productivity changed? How does the seeming dissolution of the nation-state affect traditional notions of identity and community? How do contagion, crime and capital reconfigure conceptual and material boundaries? How will academia adjust to these changes?
We welcome papers, panels and artistic interventions that consider such
issues as the following:
Urban (Im)mobility, Racial Profiling and Segregation
Movements and Migrations: Literary, Political, Critical, Aesthetic
Porous Borders: Freeing Trade and Restricting Bodies
Technologies of Connectivity, Freedom, and Captivity
Exiles and Refugees
Traffic in Women in the 21st Century
Moving Through Languages: The Stakes of Literary Translation
Anachrony and Synchrony: Nachträglichkeit, Déjà-Vu, Nick at Night, and Other Quirks of Time
In light of the events of September 11th, and the national and international reactions to them, we feel that critical reflection is required. We welcome panel or paper proposals that attempt to address the impact of these events and their reception on the process of globalization. Reflections on the challenges posed and faced by intellectuals, writers, and artists are also invited.
Abstracts of no more than 500 words for proposed papers are due by January 25, 2002.
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature,
9 Pleasant St. SE
University of Minnesota
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