The Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University will sponsor a conference this November 2-4, 2006 on Trope, Affect, and Democratic Subjectivity. The conference will feature plenary addresses by leading scholars in classics, comparative literature, political theory, communication studies, and other disciplines, as well as concurrent presentations. Scholars who wish to be included in the concurrent sessions are invited to submit abstracts or papers by September 15, 2006. Those selected for presentation will be notified by September 30.
The conference will be co-sponsored by the Northwestern Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture, and directed by program faculty Dilip Gaonkar, Robert Hariman, and Ernesto Laclau. By “trope,” we feature the productive capacity of discursive operations for transformation; by “affect” we mark the significance of latent economies of signification and social energy; by “democratic subjectivity” we orient towards the constitution of the political subject as a citizen capable of public participation and collective agency.
All papers presented will be eligible for publication in a volume on the conference theme to be edited by the conference organizers. Applications for presentation should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries about attendance should be sent to Amber Day, email@example.com.
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