Call for Submissions
The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts Conference
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
March 28-30, 2003
Critical Moments: Re-Membering Community & Self
Historically and culturally, individuals and collectives have experienced certain events and transitions as particularly momentous, destructive, or re-invigorating “critical moments.” Why are some events and transitions deemed more significant than others? How have local and international critical moments such as genocide, revolution, protest, war, colonialism, immigration waves, and industrial, technological and labor developments affected individual and group identities? What formats, frameworks or trajectories are there for the re-membering—that is, the reassembling of self and community, after such life-changing events and transitions? Can we mark major paradigmatic shifts in theory and activism in terms of such critical moments?
We are soliciting papers, presentations, panels, and creative projects that address the issue of re-membering self and community in the face of or in response to “critical moments,” in the past or present. Such projects can be focused on local or global events and perspectives, and may address “critical moments” on international, national, communal, or personal levels. We welcome presentations rooted within a particular discipline or interdisciplinary in nature.
Some general and specific topics that might be addressed:
Interweavings and Creation of Memory, Culture and History
Local and Global Perspectives on Cultural Identity and Memory
Diaspora, Displacement and Identity
Cultural Continuity and Change
Narrative & Representation
Trauma and Grief
Activism (developments of coalitions, groups, or organizations in response to critical moments)
Patriotism in Moments of Change
Space, Place, Landscape, Architecture
The Role of Economics
The Role of the Media (the press, TV, radio, film, and the Internet)
Responses within the Academy and Public Scholarship
In addition to traditional academic paper presentations and panels, we strongly encourage submissions in the forms of documentaries, video, photography, and other visual installations, along with spoken word and/or poetic projects and performances.
This event takes place during the 50th Anniversary of The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA) at Emory University. The ILA is Emory University's institutional center for comparative and interdisciplinary studies across the social sciences and humanities. The Institute is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs in the United States. Since the 1950s, the ILA has offered graduate students the opportunity to pursue doctoral work in the study of culture and society from historical, ethnographic and comparative perspectives. For more information, visit our website.
Proposals should be postmarked or emailed no later than November 1, 2002.
Proposals should be 1-2 pages, single-spaced (max. 600 words), should include the title of the presentation, and should outline how the project will address the conference topics. If submitting a panel, please include the title of the panel, the names of the participants, individual project or paper titles, and brief descriptions of each project or paper. Please also include what technical support you may need and the format (paper, panel, installation, etc.) to which you will adhere.
Proposals may be submitted one of two ways:
via email: to the address below. Please format written documents in MS WORD. Please format visual art submissions in pdf files or screen-sized jpg images with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and no more than 600 dpi. For video submissions, please send small Quicktime video clips. For audio clips, please send .wav or MP3 files.
via the postal service: send three copies to the address below.
Direct questions via email to: CMsubmissions@learnlink.emory.edu
Visit our website (available 08.26.02).
This event is open to all people: artists, graduate students, professors, public intellectuals, etc.
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