This conference asks participants to reflect on how the experience of the ‘everyday’ is theorized, used as a concept, and developed into narratives as it relates to politics and ethics, power and knowledge, ontology and history. Whether seen as a reality, or a concept, the everyday is given shape through multi-layered sets of assumptions, values and ideas rooted in various theoretical trajectories that are embedded in particular cultural contexts. Therefore, this conference seeks papers that problematize ‘the everyday’ along with the assumptions and values particular conceptualizations implicitly and explicitly presuppose.
The contours of the conference correspond to three broad sets of questions. First, what are the experiences, events and objects we ascribe to domains of the everyday? Second, how do different methodologies and disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences determine particular ways of thinking, speaking and writing about the everyday? Thirdly, from the perspective of narration, how is the everyday talked about in literature, film, judicial documents, popular culture, art history or through other communication media? How do the imaginary and real, conscious and unconscious stories we tell about the everyday relate to narrations of subjectivity, forms of embodiment, ecologies, or practices of sexuality – or more generally, forms of life and nonlife, identity and nonidentity, self and other?
The conference will be held at York University in Toronto, Canada from April 14 to April 16. Please submit 250 – 300 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31st 2011.
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