While disclosure is often defined in terms of divulging information and sharing secrets, it also evokes hidden, withheld, or disavowed knowledge(s). Disclosure can serve as a destabilizing act or influence in a range of contexts, from sharing “forbidden” information on the internet (à la Wikileaks) to confiding difficult truths to a caregiver. As disclosures erupt into existing discourses, narratives, and epistemological landscapes, alternative topographies emerge: ideas about what can be known, what may be hidden, and what must be shared become mutable. Disclosure therefore suggests transformation; it prompts a (re)evaluation of the multiple contexts and positionalities that give shape to the ways we understand our worlds.
We invite papers and proposals from graduate students that consider disclosure from perspectives that are literary, theoretical, and interdisciplinary. Questions to consider include but are not limited to:
Power and/or Truth: Disclosure prompts questions of power, accessibility, legibility, legitimacy and agency. Who has access to knowledge, and what counts as legitimate, or real, knowing?
Embodiment and/or Affect: If disclosure can be a voluntary act, it can also be involuntary; what do we reveal via our gestures, our features, our bodies? How does disclosure interrupt or improve our abilities to engage with, or care for, others?
Foreclosure, Enclosure, and/or Borders: Disclosure can cause ruptures between borders. How do we imagine borders, including disciplinary boundaries? How do disclosures serve to disrupt normative discourses and recuperate repressed or disavowed narratives, histories, and knowledges. How might disclosure work to reify asymmetrical relations of power?
Translation and/or Transmission: What concealed knowledge can translation across linguistic or cultural boundaries disclose? In what instances does the act of translation facilitate disclosure? In what instances does it impede it?
The conference will be held at UC Santa Barbara in May 2014. Please submit abstracts and proposals of 300 words togclr.ucsb.@ucsb.eduby Monday, March 31, 2014 at midnight.
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