CFP: [Graduate] The Complex

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Lindsay Reckson
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CFP - "The Complex"
Program in American Studies Graduate Student Conference
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
April 18, 2009

"The Idea is thus defined as a structure. A structure or an idea is a
'complex theme,' an internal multiplicityâ€"in other words, a system of
multiple, non-localisable connections between different elements which is
incarnated in real relations and actual terms."
-Gilles Deleuze, _Difference and Repetition_

"We got our thing, but it's just part of the big thing."
-Zenobia, "Corner Boys," The Wire - Season Four

What are the various “complexes” that inform American Studies, and how can
American Studies help us understand the strategies and subjects of “the
complex”? From entrenched systems of power to the vagaries of psychological
fixation, this conference will foster a conversation on the structures,
exchanges, and perceptions (or misperceptions) that continue to shape and
reshape American Studies. It will also open a space in which the topics,
methodologies, and preoccupations of American Studies can begin to
interrogate the "complex" as a mode of cultural formation and connectivity
(or the lack thereof). Taking interdisciplinarity itself as a topic for
discussion, this conference will use the "complex" to explore the
possibilities and limitations of both physical and conceptual boundaries.

Keynote Speaker: Asst. Prof. Mark Goble, English Department, University of
California, Berkeley

Please submit a 500-word abstract and your c.v. to Lindsay Reckson and Nika
Elder at by December 15th, 2008. Papers will be due
two weeks prior to the conference for circulation, and should be no longer
than 15 minutes.

Possible iterations of the complex might include (but are not limited to):
Freudian and Jungian Complexes; the Military-Industrial Complex; the
Panopticon; Markets & Circulation; Globalization; Infrastructure;
Conspiracy Theory and Surveillance; Stage Sets and Crime Scenes; Publics
and Counter-publics; the Academy, the Church, the Factory; Networking &
Collaboration; Canons; Semiotics; Obscurantism; Discourse Networks;
Circuits; Interfaces; Cyborgs; Media Theory; the Wire; Systems Theory;
Grids; Maps and Blueprints; Collections

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