This year's conference theme, trans*, takes up the questions of the transational, the transsexual, the transhistorical, the transbiological, and other states of being in transit, transformation, transfiguration. At a contemporary moment in which identity politics have material, potentially violent, effects on bodies and subjects, the mobile and undecided limits of what Judith Butler terms the "recognizably human" pose an especially pressing set of questions. We are pleased to feature a keynote address by José Muñoz, author of Cruising Utopia: The Politics and Performance of Queer Futurity. The Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference will
take place on October 18, 2013
We solicit papers from all areas of the humanities on being suspended between or moving across two states of being. Some questions of interest are: How might the trans* figure transfigure structures of identity and power? In what ways are identities transfixed? What constitutes an act of transgression? How do new technologies translate and transform identities and bodies?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Citizenship and transnationalism
Technology and the mechanical
Queer bodies and politics
Temporality and historiography
Translation and transposition
Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less, along with a brief bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 22, 2013.
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