The Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester presents:
A Graduate Conference Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5, 2003
CASTING DOUBT is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference exploring the phenomena of calling things into question. It seeks to understand the multiple dimensions of doubting as a lived reality, an historical moment, a liminal state, a political position, and an ethical imperative.
Responding both to an official cultural climate which vehemently chastises voices of dissent, and to a growing intellectual interest in emotional experiences of all kinds, this conference seeks to pry open and discover spaces of doubt in an effort to consider their multiple meanings, modes, aesthetics, and impacts. CASTING DOUBT can then be approached as a timely, collective meditation on the potential value of uncertainty.
We invite proposals from across disciplines, research interests and theoretical persuasions. Possible areas of inquiry might include, but are not limited to:
Suspicious Minds & Reasonable Doubt
Crisis of Doubt
Doubting the Normal
Doubt and Knowledge
Philosophy of Doubt
Ethnography of Everyday Doubt
Performing Doubt: Hoaxes, Frauds & Cons
***DEADLINE for submissions: JANUARY 12, 2003***
Submissions for 20-minute papers should be in abstract form (250-500 words). A self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany all submissions requiring return. Please include e-mail addresses with all submissions whenever possible.
Abstracts and inquiries may be sent via e-mail through the link below.
Printed submissions should be posted to the address below.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Program in Visual and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of Rochester. Its focus is visual culture and critical theory; the Departments and Programs of Art and Art History, English, Film Studies, Anthropology, History, and Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies, constitute its academic base.
Web site: http://www.rochester.edu/college/AAH/
Organizing Committee for "Casting Doubt"
c/o Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
424 Morey Hall
University of Rochester
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