CFP: [Graduate] New Directions in Critical Theory––University of Arizona (April 8–11, 2009)

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Jennifer Haley
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New Directions in Critical Theory
April 8-11, 2009
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

"University as Community, University in Community: Theorizing Identity,
Interdisciplinarity, and Praxis"

New Directions in Critical Theory is an annual interdisciplinary graduate
student conference held at the University of Arizona. The 2009 conference
will center on the concept of community as it is evoked, romanticized,
theorized, or even criticized across academic disciplines. Often, the term
"community" is presented without definition or complication. We seek
scholarship and creative work that explores the concept of community as it
is used to inform our writing, research, teaching, and construction of
academic departments and disciplines. Given the growing importance of
relationships between universities and their surrounding cultural
communities, we are also interested in work that challenges the ways in
which universities function as communities, as anti-communities, and within
their outside communities.

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to propose
theoretically-oriented scholarship and creative work that may take an
interdisciplinary approach to this concept of community. A list of possible
inquires include, but are not limited to:

Cultural Studies
Literacy Studies & Civic Action
Creative Writing Workshops and Programs as Community
Community as Gendered, Racialized, and Sexualized Space
Genre Theory/Studies
Intersections between Pedagogy and Community
Architecture & Community Design/Planning/Space
Studies in Counter- or Anti-communities
Site Research into Community: Sociology, Anthropology, Archeology
Community Art and Artistic Collectives
(Ab)uses of Community within Disciplines and Departments
Community Within the University (Disciplines, Financing, Power Relations, etc.)
The University in Relation to its Surrounding Community

Submit 100-250 word individual abstracts or submit panel proposals
consisting of a 100-250 word abstract describing the entire panel and one
100-200 word abstract for each paper. Please include names, email
addresses, mailing addresses, institutional affiliations, technology
requests, paper titles, and abstracts by January 5, 2009 to New Directions
Co-Chairs at

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