CFP: Text/ure: Form, Content, Materiality (grad) (12/22/06; 3/2/07-3/3/07)

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Shayna Kessel
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Text/ure: Form, Content, Materiality
A two-day graduate student symposium
March 2-3, 2007
Department of English
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Textual studies seem to be moving beyond "interdisciplinarity" toward
multidisciplinarity. This conference explores the status of the
disciplines and the status of the text in a multidisciplinary milieu.
As the autonomy of the text diminishes, a new and perhaps more
productive conception of the text emerges: as something woven from the
texture of the world, as intertextual and contextual. Performance
studies, visual studies, and critical theory, to name a few, are
invested in challenging the status of the readable and advancing
alternative discourses that resist traditional textual scholarship.
This symposium investigates the connective tissues that traverse texts
and the disciplines, as well as attends to the physical and
metaphysical textures of the text.

We are delighted to welcome Profs. Michael Davidson (University of
California, San Diego) and Traise Yamamoto (University of California,
Riverside) as our keynote speakers.

We invite broad interpretations of this theme as 20-minute papers from
graduate students working on all aspects of the arts and humanities.

Topics may include but are not restricted to:

Material/Visual Language
Material Culture
Translation and Translation Theory
Textual Bodies, Bodies-as-texts
Disability Studies
Visual Culture
Critical Theory
Performance Studies
Medicine and Criticism
Emotion/Feeling and the Text
The Status of the "Disciplines" (particularly English)
Queer Studies
Avant-garde Studies
Altered Texts

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Shayna Kessel and
Stephen Park at by December 22, 2006.

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