This call is for a panel to be proposed for the 2012 Cultural Studies Association Conference at the University of California, San Diego, March 28-April 1, 2012. The panel will explore the ways in which the representation of addiction or compulsive behaviors constitute individual subjects as variously othered. Some questions presenters might answer include: What comes of the intersection of addiction and, for instance, disability, race, class, gender, sexuality, or other markers of difference? In what ways do forms of addiction other than drug and alcohol addiction (such as kleptomania, gambling addiction, shopping addiction, video game, computer, or internet addiction, love or sex addiction, compulsive eating, etc.) mark individuals as “other” than “us?” And how is it that we conceive of addiction and/or compulsion in relation to the material body and/or the material objects of such conditions? Proposals are welcome from any discipline, especially ones that relate directly to the conference theme “Culture Matters” on culture and the material. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University, at sjsp47 [at] gmail [dot] com no later than August 31.
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