CFP: [Graduate] New Directions in Critical Theory Conference: Academic Geographies and the Space Between Disciplines

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James E. Wermers

New Directions in Critical Theory is an annual interdisciplinary graduate
student conference at the University of Arizona; the 2008 conference will
focus on a self-conscious examination of the ways we do work at the
university. While interdiscplinarity questions the boundaries that mark off
everything from university departments to methods of inquiry, the space
between disciplines is not a neutral zone. When we shuffle prefixes and
suffixes in an attempt to announce new disciplines and identities, we work
in a liminal space that we participate in creating. This endeavor must be
undertaken cautiously; remapping disciplines and identities is never an
innocent game.

We wish to build upon the interdisciplinary nature of many graduate
programs and knowledge in general to acknowledge the potential impact of
these growing movements in the academy, in theory, and in praxis. We
welcome papers and presentations that put to work both interdisciplinary
approaches and those that examine such approaches self-reflexively.
Traditionally, New Directions sponsors guest speakers whose work relates to
the theme of the conference. This year will be no different. We are
currently still in the process of negotiating contracts with potential
speakers. An update will be posted when the speaker is confirmed.

We invite graduate students from any discipline to present
theoretically-oriented scholarship and creative work (such as photography,
poetry, film, artwork, installation projects, and so on) that may take an
interdisciplinary approach. A list of possible topics and subject areas may
include (but are not limited to):

    * Bioethics / Biopolitics
    * Critical Race Theories
    * Film / Photography
    * Genre Studies
    * Higher Education
    * Historiagraphy
    * LGBTQ Studies
    * Literature and Culture of Science
    * Pedagogy
    * Pop Culture
    * Posthumanism
    * Post- and Neocolonialism
    * Research Methodologies
    * Transnational Critical Theories

Please submit 100-250 word individual abstracts or panel proposals
consisting of a 100-250 word abstract for the entire panel and one 100-250
abstract for each paper. Include names, email address, mailing addresses,
institutional affiliations, technology requests, paper titles, and
abstracts by February 1, 2008 to New Directions Co-Chairs at

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