CFP: [Graduate] SDSU Crisis Carnival: Ecstasy of Speed

full name / name of organization: 
Kevin Gossett
contact email: 
KevinMGossett@gmail.com

April 10, 2008
San Diego State University
San Diego, California
http://crisiscarnival.sdsu.edu
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2009
 
"Speed is the form of ecstasy the technological revolution has bestowed on man" (Milan Kundera
Slowness)

Paul Virilio devoted much of his career to the concept of dromology (the science of speed), which
he introduced in Speed and Politics (1977). Asserting that speed "is used above all to see, hear,
to perceive, and, thus to perceive more intensely the present world," Virilio also insists that the
products of this need for SPEED are both enabling and limiting, that every technical invention has
a built-in accidental outcome. "Each time a technology is invented, a technology of transport, of
transmission, or of information, a specific accident is born." Trains derail, stock markets crash,
social networking sites stymie social contact, etc.

If ECSTASY in its Greek derivative sense is taken as being in a state outside of oneself, of being
"beside oneself," thrown into a frenzy or a stupor, then the ECSTASY OF SPEED is a movement
outside of itself, filled with anxiety, astonishment, fear and passion.

Are we moving too fast and in too close a proximity as the world gets smaller? How do our
perceptions of time and space change with SPEED? Does the increase in SPEED attempt to
conceal the disappearance of a destination? SPEED is becoming; but toward what do we move?

This year's Crisis Carnival will examine the essential and accidental aspects of speed and will
engage in interdisciplinary discussions around this theme. We encourage paper and panel
proposals with a broad interpretation of SPEED in any of the following areas of inquiry:

ANTHROPOLOGY
ART HISTORY
EDUCATION
FILM/MEDIA STUDIES
GENDER STUDIES
HISTORY
LITERATURE
MUSIC THEORY
POLITICAL SCIENCE
PHILOSOPHY
PSYCHOLOGY
RELIGIOUS STUDIES ...

Too broad? Possible topics can explore issues of SPEED in relation to :

AESTHETICS
BLOGOSPHERE
CYBERSPACE
ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS
FAST/SLOW FOOD
GLOBALIZATION
HYPERTEXTS/HYPERMEDIA
INSTANT MESSAGING
MEMORY
MIGRATION
OBSOLESCENCE
ONLINE/OFFLINE ARCHIVES
PHENOMENOLOGY
SIMULACRA
SPACE & TIME
SURVEILLANCE
TECHNOLOGY
TEMPORALITY
TRANSNATIONALISM
TRANSPORTATION
VIOLENCE
VIRTUAL REALITY...

 Each submission should include: One cover page and one 250 word 
abstract for a 10-12 page
paper, short story, selection of poems, art 
object, or 15 minute film. Please include your title,
contact 
information, and area of study on your cover page. Artwork should be 
submitted as
photos with the titles written on the back. Each 
performance piece is limited to 15 minutes;
please send a DVD.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2009.

Send electronic submissions and/or questions to: 
sdsu.grad.conference_at_gmail.com,
Send physical submissions to: 
Crisis Carnival 
c/o The Department of English and Comparative
Literature

5500 Campanile Drive 

San Diego, CA 92182

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