UPDATE: [Graduate] "The Complex" Graduate Conference in American Studies - Deadline January 15, 2009

full name / name of organization: 
Lindsay Reckson
contact email: 
lreckson@princeton.edu

The Complex
Princeton University
Program in American Studies Graduate Student Conference
**NEW DATE** May 2, 2009

"The Idea is thus defined as a structure. A structure or an idea is a “complex theme,” an internal
multiplicity—in other words, a system of multiple, non-localisable connections between different
elements which is incarnated in real relations and actual terms."
Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition

"We got our thing, but it's just part of the big thing."
Zenobia, "Corner Boys," The Wire Season Four

What are the various “complexes” that inform American Studies, and how can American Studies
help us understand the strategies and subjects of “the complex”? From entrenched systems of
power to the vagaries of psychological fixation, this conference will foster a conversation on the
structures, exchanges, and perceptions (or misperceptions) that continue to shape and reshape
American Studies. It will also open a space in which the topics, methodologies, and
preoccupations of American Studies can begin to interrogate the "complex" as a mode of cultural
formation and connectivity (or the lack thereof). Taking interdisciplinarity itself as a topic for
discussion, this conference will use the "complex" to explore the possibilities and limitations of
both physical and conceptual boundaries.

Keynote Speaker: Asst. Prof. Mark Goble, English Department, University of California, Berkeley

Please submit a 500-word abstract and your c.v. to Lindsay Reckson and Nika Elder at
AMSconference_at_gmail.com by January 15th, 2008 **EXTENDED DEADLINE**. Papers will be due
two weeks prior to the conference for circulation, and should be no longer than 15 minutes.

Possible iterations of the complex might include (but are not limited to):
Freudian and Jungian Complexes; the Military-Industrial Complex; the Panopticon; Markets &
Circulation; Globalization; Infrastructure; Conspiracy Theory and Surveillance; Stage Sets and
Crime Scenes; Publics and Counter-publics; the Academy, the Church, the Factory; Networking &
Collaboration; Canons; Semiotics; Obscurantism; Discourse Networks; Circuits; Interfaces;
Cyborgs; Media Theory; the Wire; Systems Theory; Grids; Maps and Blueprints; Collections

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