CFP: [Graduate] "Bodies in Motion" The University of Rhode Islandâs 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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"Bodies in Motion"
The University of Rhode Island’s Third Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate
Saturday, March 28th, 2009.
Submission Deadline, Friday, November 28th, 2008.

Across academic disciplines, "bodies" â€" animal, epistemological, textual,
or otherwise â€" defy singular definition and elude our efforts to pin them
down. As they parallel, intersect, and inform one another, these "bodies"
demand rigorous research, creative thinking, and ever-evolving
methodologies. How do we account for these "bodies in motion" and the
complex ecologies of knowledge that they form? From what critical
perspectives â€" scientific, mathematic, literary, historical, political,
rhetorical, ethical, philosophical â€" can we examine these "bodies" in order
to learn from them and from others? 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:

• Theorizing the body or bodies
• Bodies and environmental crisis
• The legal body
• Economic bodies
• Political bodies
• Bodies and health care
• Biotechnology and ethics of the body
• Mass media and the global image of bodies
• Migration, displacement, and/or diasporas
• Bodies in literature
• Bodies as machines/Machines as bodies
• The aesthetics of movement
• Bodies in the digital age
• Bodies and the flow of technology
• Artistic interpretations of the body

Submission Guidelines:
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, 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 pages).
To propose a panel, 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 a Word, text, or PDF document. All
submissions should be emailed to Please refer any
questions you may have to this address as well. The deadline for
submissions is 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 28th, 2008.
Notification of acceptance will be by Friday, December 19th, 2008.

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