CFP: [Graduate] Projection: Speculating on Presence, Absence, and Nonsense

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Mia Chen

Projection: Speculating on Presence, Absence, and Nonsense
March 6, 2009
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
English Students’ Association Annual Conference

Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;
Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
Which thou dost glare with.
-- Macbeth (III, iv)

The projections before us possess lives of their own that are as
stubbornly resistant to our control as Banquo’s ghost. This conference
aims to investigate the ways in which projection blurs the line between
presence, absence, and nonsense, with consequences--though based on “mere
speculation”--resounding on individual, social, and global scales. At a
moment gripped by projections of economic and ecological catastrophes,
and in a tradition shaped by the projections of Plato's dark cave, the
camera obscura of the Enlightenment, and Freud's turbulent psyche, this
conference invites papers that offer innovative, engaged, creative,
and/or humorous approaches to projection.

Submit abstracts by January 1, 2009 of 250 words or less to
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Panel submissions are also welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

(1) Projections of the Self
Astral Projection
Autobiography and Self-Construction
The Double and the Doppelganger
Freudian Projection
Object Narratives and Animal Autobiographies

(2) Projections of the Other
Orientalism and Occidentalism
Imperial, Colonial, and Global Projections
Subjects and Objects
Sexual Minorities and Queer Studies
The Power of the Gaze
Ghosts and Ghost Stories
Sympathy and Antipathy
Gods and Men
Aliens and Mythical Creatures
Transference and Envy
The Uncanny

(3) Projections of the Past
Revisionist Histories
Constructing National/Historical Narratives
Interpretive Archaeology
Myths and Mythology

(4) Projections of the Future
Speculative Fiction
Dystopia and Utopia
Worlds without Men
Millenialism and Apocalypse
Prophecy and Prophetic Vision
Financial Projections
Predictions of Ecological Disasters

(5) Projections of the Body
Gendered/Raced/Classed Bodies
Phantom Limbs
Projectile Vomiting

(6) Science and Technology of Projections
Magic Lanterns
Optics and Astronomy
Camera Obscura
Shadow Plays

(7) Pedagogical Projections
Transference and Counter-Transference
Teacher Narratives
Pedagogical Relations
The Phenomenology of PowerPoint

(8) Theories of Projection
Plato’s Cave
Descartes and Locke’s Camera Obscura
Bentham’s Panopticon
Freud’s Psyche
Benjamin’s Angel of History
Heidegger’s Phenomenology
Barthes’s Camera Lucida
Kristeva’s Abjection

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