CFP: [American] "Bodies in Motion": The University of Rhode Island's Third Annual Interdisciplinary Grad Conference
"Bodies in Motion"
The University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Third Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate
Saturday, March 28th, 2009.
Submission Deadline, Friday, November 28th, 2008.
Across academic disciplines, "bodies "â€" whether animal, epistemological,
textual, or otherwise â€" play many roles and take on many meanings. They
defy singular definition and elude our efforts to pin them down. As they
parallel, intersect, and inform one another, "bodies" demand rigorous
research, creative thinking, and ever-evolving methodologies. How do we
account for these "bodies in motion" that form such complex ecologies of
knowledge? To answer, it is important to consider our critical starting
points and the ways in which fields of study can learn from one another.
>From what positions â€" scientific, mathematic, literary, historical,
political, rhetorical, ethical, philosophical â€" can we examine these
"bodies" in order to learn from them and from others? What role does the
interdisciplinary study of bodies play when attempting such a daunting task
in a world that grows smaller every day? The graduate community at the
University of Rhode Island invites submissions for posters, papers,
presentations, performances and panels from a variety of disciplines
exploring "bodies in motion."
Possible topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
â€¢ Theorizing the body or bodies
â€¢ Bodies and environmental crisis
â€¢ The legal body
â€¢ Economic bodies
â€¢ Political bodies
â€¢ Bodies and health care
â€¢ Biotechnology and ethics of the body
â€¢ Mass media and the global image of bodies
â€¢ Migration, displacement, and/or diasporas
â€¢ Bodies in literature
â€¢ Bodies as machines/Machines as bodies
â€¢ The aesthetics of movement
â€¢ Bodies in the digital age
â€¢ Bodies and the flow of technology
â€¢ Artistic interpretations of the body
Please propose individual papers or panels, and indicate whether you are
willing to moderate a panel. Panels of 3-4 presentations are especially
To propose a paper, please submit a cover page with your name;
institutional affiliation; contact information (mailing address, phone
number, and email), a 250- word abstract of the paper; a roughly 100-word
bio; and a detailed request for audiovisual equipment if needed.
Presentations will be limited to fifteen minutes (about seven double-spaced
To propose a panel, please submit a cover page including the title of the
panel and the names of presenters; a panel abstract of 150-250 words; a
separate page with the names of presenters, their contact information
(mailing address, phone number, and email) and institutional
affiliation(s), the titles of their presentations; and a 250-word abstract
for each paper. Panels will be one hour and fifteen minutes long.
The conference committee requests the submission of materials in the body
of an email or as an attachment in Word, text, or PDF document sent to
gradcon_at_etal.uri.edu. Please refer any questions you may have to this
address as well. Deadline for submissions is 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November
Notification of acceptance will be by Friday, December 19th, 2008.
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