An interdisciplinary conference that examines the "creative" production--cultural, scientific, and economic--provoked by the current economic crisis.
This conference will explore how writers, filmmakers, dramatists, artists working in all forms of media, philosophers, and critical and cultural theorists have responded to the prospect and reality of global collective crises. Moreover, it will ask how the methodologies of textual and cultural criticism might offer new insights into our age of global uncertainties.
Questions we wish to address include: In what ways does contingency shape the arrival of future events? What “new” forms (aesthetic, economic, political, biological, zoological, cultural, or social) are simultaneous with the collapse of familiar forms? In what ways may we best theorize, understand, and represent the idea of indeterminacy? What are the cultural implications of living under conditions of uncertainty? How do we define statistical knowledge(s)? And what is the role of catastrophe and disaster in the matter of forms?
We welcome paper proposals from scholars and/or artists working in any discipline, field, or historical period.
Taking the conference theme of new forms a step further, we invite participants to present their work in a colloquia format: presenters will pre-circulate their papers to other panel members and chairs. Our hope is to create a broader conversation among participants and audience members.
Please send 500-word abstracts, as a Word-file attachment to:
Andrew Burkett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rekha Rosha, email@example.com
Wake Forest University
Department of English
P.O. Box 7387
Winston-Salem, NC 27109 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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