CFP: Taking Exception (grad) (12/14/05; 3/3/06-3/4/06)

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CFP: "Taking Exception"
Cornell University, March 3-4, 2006
Keynote speaker: TBA

The Cornell English Department's Graduate Student Spring Conference is
currently accepting abstracts for its fifth annual conference on literary,
cultural, and theoretical notions of "taking exception". We are seeking
papers of no more than 15 to 20 minutes addressing issues such as the
construction and interpretation of exceptional subject positions (including
race, gender, ability and sexuality), exceptional literary and cultural
forms, and the politics / poetics of resistance.

Paper topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

-American Exceptionalism
-sites of resistance
-states of exception
-exceptional / extraordinary bodies
-exceptional sex
-gendering / queering exceptionality
-no exception: the law and juridical spaces
-making exceptions: hegemony and power structures
-the exception that proves the rule: notions of normativity
-the exceptional nation and exceptions to the nation: nationalisms,
ideologies, resistances, migrations, diasporas, transnationalities,
-oppositions to the rule: feminisms, minority studies, postcoloniality,
disability studies, queer studies, etc.
-temporal exceptions: challenges to literary and theoretical periodizations
-exceptions to genre: challenges to formal constraints, emergence and
collapse of genres (prose poetry, remixing media), the popularand high
-questions of marginality and canonicity; writing from the margins
-borders/borderlands as spaces of exception
-filmic strategies of exception and representation; the exceptional spectator
-aesthetics as a site of exception

Deadline for Abstracts: Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

We are committed to encompassing a spectrum of methodologies and mediums,
and are seeking not only scholarly papers, but also original fiction,
poetry, and creative non-fiction submissions. Abstracts or extracts should
be no more than 300 words and must be received no later than December 14,
2005. Please e-mail submissions to: or send by
regular mail to: Toni Jaudon, Department of English, 250 Goldwin Smith,
Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 14853-3201.

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