The third annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks submissions for “Living Remains,” a graduate student conference to be held February 15-17, 2008, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its 2007-08 research theme “Past Knowing.”
This year’s theme calls upon scholars to interpret and consider the relationships between the key terms of the title: living and remains. Each of these terms can be interpreted doubly as a noun or a verb: as that which lives or as the act of living; as what is left over or remains or as the act of remaining. Because each term is ambiguous, together they allow for interdisciplinary discussions on the tensions between living and remaining. For example, how do terminal illness and disease more broadly change the body’s relationship to living, history, activism, theory, space and/or time?
The theme invokes a tenuous temporality; while living is a temporary state, to remain seems at least a bit more permanent. We are interested in new ways of thinking about the tensions between living and time: How does life inform what persists? How do imagined remains inform living? How do alternative ways of knowing (such as affect) influence these tropes? How does space structure and become structured by living/lived practices of “remaining”?
The conference seeks to engage such topics as:
* Death studies, medical and anthropological discourses on life/death
* The Trace
* Genealogies, historiographies and/or counter-histories
* Living in/as the archive
* Identity and its markers (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc) as historical objects
* Ontologies of death and dying
* Terminal illness: diseased/decaying bodies, activism, theory
* Analyses of various representations of living and/or remains in literature, film, theatre, dance, pop culture, etc.
* History and new media
* Disciplined/-ing bodies
We look forward to submissions from such diverse fields as: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Communications, Comparative Literature, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Dance, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Medicine, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theater, Urban Studies, as well as other relevant fields of study. This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor David Halperin of the University of Michigan.
Please submit a 250 word abstract, with title, for a 15-20 minute presentation as an MS Word file attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Panel proposals for seventy-five minute sessions will also be considered (comprised of three presentations). Please submit an abstract for each presenter and indicate that you would like to present as a panel.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2007
For more information, visit our website at: http://pw.english.uwm.edu/~migc/Welcome.html
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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