41st Annual North East Modern Language Association Convention
Conference Date: April 7-11 2010
Deadline for Submissions: September 30 2009
Montreal, Canada Hilton Bonaventure
Panel Title: Exegeses on Psychiatry
Description: The work of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari was highly critical of psychiatric practices. In fact, R.D. Laing published Foucault's History of Madness. These provocative thinkers have had much in common. In fact, Deleuze and Guattari make mention of Laing several times in Anti-Oedipus, and David Cooper wrote the introduction to Felix Guattari's Molecular Revolution: Psychiatry and Politics. However, the relationship between anti-psychiatry and post-structuralism has been explored superficially. This panel will welcome papers that explore the inter-textual overlap between Post-Structuralism (preferably Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari) and Anti-Psychiatry (R.D. Laing, David Cooper, and Thomas Szasz). With Foucaultís recently published lectures on Psychiatric Power, it has become clear that he was highly critical of psychiatric oppressions from the past that linger on into the present. We will encourage presenters to discuss the way Foucault's lectures, recently made available in English, might change the general understanding of post-structual theory as somehow ethically vacuous or ambiguous. There is much work yet to be done to fully unravel the legacy of post-structural theory and anti-psychiatry as on-going living discourses that still shape intellectual life as we now know it.
Call for Papers: This panel aims to extend the so far superficial exploration of the discourses of post-structuralism and anti-psychiatry as overlapping, living, on-going influences on contemporary intellectual life. Relevant questions include, but are not limited to: Do Foucault's lectures reveal his ethical stance as resistance to psychiatry? How is anti-psychiatry utilized to draw critiques of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Deleuze and Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia? How do Foucault's lectures change the post-structuralist legacy in relation to anti-psychiatry? Can post-structuralism be utilized to produce an "identity politics" of madness?
Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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