In the 21st century hardly any aspects of human existence are left unexplored by postmodern theories and discourses of subjectivity and individuality, of hybridity and identity, of race, gender and ethnicity. Conspicuous, however, among these critical inquiries is the relatively little attention devoted to the category of class. This absence is particularly alarming in a time when post-capitalism feeds on cultural fragmentation and ideological relativism; absorbing and appropriating, as Bruno Latour warns in a recent essay, even the critical tools of the critic.
We are soliciting contributions for an essay collection addressing the category and discourse of class in the US. It is of course open to debate whether the category of class is any more stable and thus more resistant to being relativized than other categories. Nevertheless, class remains a category that has the potential of transcending the divisions that run along lines of race, ethnicity and gender. We are interested in essays addressing the overall theme of class and its (dys)functional position in American socio-political and cultural reality and discourse from a variety of disciplines: American studies, history, philosophy, sociology, women studies, religion, gender studies, comparative politics, cultural studies, ethnic studies, etc.
Please submit a one-page essay proposal and a one page CV by February 20th. E-mail submissions are preferred in MS Word attachment.
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