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

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James E. Wermers

2008 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference
Academic Geographies: The Space Between Disciplines
April 10-12, 2008

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 of knowledge in general, to acknowledge the potential impact
of 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 in the process
of negotiating contracts. An update will be posted when the speakers are

The 2008 conference will be held April 10-12, and 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
 LGBTQ Studies
 Literature and Culture of Science
 Pop Culture
 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 addresses, mailing addresses,
institutional affiliations, technology requests, paper titles, and
abstracts by February 1, 2007 to New Directions Co-Chairs at ndconf_at_gmail.com

Conference Co-Chairs:
Derek Adams
Literature, Africana Studies
Becca Richards
Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English
Sam Schwartz
James Wermers
Literature, Group for Early Modern Studies, Women’s Studies

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