CFP: [Graduate] SDSU Crisis Carnival: Ecstasy of Speed
April 10, 2008
San Diego State University
San Diego, California
Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2009
"Speed is the form of ecstasy the technological revolution has bestowed on man" (Milan Kundera
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:
RELIGIOUS STUDIES ...
Too broad? Possible topics can explore issues of SPEED in relation to :
SPACE & TIME
Â Each submission should include: One cover page and one 250 word â€¨abstract for a 10-12 page
paper, short story, selection of poems, art â€¨object, or 15 minute film. Please include your title,
contact â€¨information, and area of study on your cover page. Artwork should be â€¨submitted as
photos with the titles written on the back. Each â€¨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: â€¨sdsu.grad.conference_at_gmail.com,
Send physical submissions to: â€¨Crisis Carnival â€¨c/o The Department of English and Comparative
â€¨5500 Campanile Drive â€¨
San Diego, CA 92182
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