Craft Critique Culture: Bridging Divides (April 8-9, 2016: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Kate Nesbit / Lydia Maunz-Breese / Heidi Renée Aijala (University of Iowa)
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16th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference
April 8-9, 2016
Bridging Divides
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year's conference will encourage an examination of the "inter" of interdisciplinary—as well as the construction and deconstruction of boundaries between and within academic, public, private, personal, critical, and creative discourses—through an inquiry into bridging divides.

Bridges carry connotations of reciprocity, of connecting the seemingly unconnected, and of moving across fissures, topographical and ideological. Bridges do not simply appear—bridges are strategically built and require tension, support, and anchorage. Consequently, bridges beget a sense of precarity, a fear of collapse and disintegration, a risk of unsure footing. We seek submissions that prompt investigation into the bridges and divides that both connect and sever disciplines, departments, institutions, cultures, systems and conceptual categories. How can scholars bridge the ostensible divide between theory and practice? Between the academy and lived experience? What interpretive possibilities stem from finding commonality in the seemingly disparate? What tensions arise when attempting to find these commonalities? Can attempting to find connection perpetuate disconnection? Can bridging divide?

We encourage diverse explorations of these questions and welcome traditional scholarly papers, poster exhibits, pre-made panels, and roundtables, as well as submissions of film, video, music, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, artists' books, theater, and performance.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-Representations of divides in literature, art, film
-Works that bridge divides between theoretical approaches, disciplines, historical periods, methodologies
-National/Transnational links and fissures: cultural, linguistic, historical, commercial, ideological
-Translation and communication between linguistic divides
-Borders: geographical, conceptual, ideological, literary
-Transmission and media exchange
-Bridging academy and community: activism, engagement, pedagogy
-Artistic collaboration: influence, association, partnership
-Construction and deconstruction
-Liminal spaces, identities, experiences, etc.

Bridging the "divide" between…
• Mind and body
• Theory and practice
• Past and present
• Academic disciplines and methodologies
• Selves: private selves, professional selves, online selves, etc.
• Acknowledgement and concealment
• Act of appropriation and acts of appreciation

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday, January 8th, 2016
Abstracts must include:
a) author(s)
b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the program
c) email address
d) paper title

Please email all submissions to:

Accepted papers will be notified by February 12th, 2016. We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week, please resend your proposal.

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