CFP: [Graduate] (dis)junctions Brave New Worlds (grad) (2/27/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Gretchen Bartels
contact email: 
g.bartels@gmail.com

GENERAL CFP

(dis)junctions 2009: Brave New Worlds
For (dis)junctions 2009, we are seeking papers that explore the
construction and definition of "the world," in all its various
permutations. Papers may address topics such as imperialism,
postcolonialism, travel narratives, medieval mappae mundi and philosophy,
creation narratives and mythology, science-fiction planet-building, fantasy
literature, narrative representations of the natural or sociopolitical
world, and/or questions of identity and self in relation to the
ever-changing global landscape. We are interested in how the idea of "the
world" crosses boundaries of space and time, as well as the ways in which
diverse participants construct, and relate to, ever-changing conceptions of
what "the world" entails. As always, (dis)junctions welcomes papers from
all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and creative disciplines;
participants may submit to a specific panel or in response to the general
call for papers.
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to disjunctions09_at_gmail.com by
February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

SPECIFIC CFPs; PROPOSED PANELS

MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

This panel welcomes papers investigating any aspect of medieval literature.
 Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

The spaces and landscapes of the medieval world
Medieval mythology
Malory and other Arthurian literature
Early medieval poetry, epic, and saga
Chaucer
Anachronism and historical representation
Medievalism and adaptations
Religion and magic

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Tom Schneider at
thomas.schneider_at_email.ucr.edu by 2/27/2009. Please indicate any A/V
needs you may have.

AFFECTIVE INVESTMENTS/AFFECTIVE STRATEGIES: REPRESENTATIONS OF EMOTIONS IN
20TH- AND 21ST-CENTURY AMERICAN CULTURAL PRODUCTIONS
 
In recent years, a body of research has emerged on the social and political
implications of emotions. Scholars such as Lauren Berlant, Daniel Gross
and Ruth Gilmore have argued that emotions are socially constituted and
institutionally regulated and managed. Viewed through this critical lens,
feelings are not only private and individual but are often public and
political. This panel seeks papers that explore the ways in which
representations of emotions in 20th- and 21st-century American literary,
aural, and/or visual texts intersect with social and political categories
such as race, gender, class, sexuality, citizenship, and/or
(post)coloniality. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
 
Emotions in ethnic American literature/film/performance art
Emotions and the production(s) and/or representations of race
Narrative strategies used by marginalized groups to represent emotions
Emotions and gender and sexuality
Emotions and American empire
Emotions and performativity
Social and/or psychic processing of emotions
Emotions and 9/11
Emotions and nationalism
Emotions and globalization
Emotions and transnational economy and cultural exchange
 
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Nan Ma at nanma22_at_gmail.com
by February 27, 2009.

DIGITAL WORLDS

Contributors are invited to submit critical works that consider digital
worlds. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, this panel is
interested in how users interact with these constructed environments. How
do virtual worlds complicate notions of embodiment and identity? How do
users participate in the creation of digital worlds? How do they effect our
perceptions of the so-called real world? Possible topics (though
contributors are not limited to these) may include:
On-line games
Fan communities
Avatars
Gender
Relationship Formation
Mythology and history in game worlds
Role-playing in digital environments
Digital world creation and design

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to Jennifer Kavetsky
(jennifer.kavetsky_at_ucr.edu) by February 27, 2009.

“SEPARATE SPHERES?” ROMANTIC WOMEN WRITING POLITICS:

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on the topic of women’s
writing during the British Romantic period. As Anne Mellor argues, women
such as Hannah More and Charlotte Smith, among others, wrote across the
genres in a very public fashion and with real political impact on the
British nation and its citizens, including other writers. We welcome any
paper developing a topic that focuses on these women and their work.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed rory.moore_at_email.ucr.edu by
February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

VICTORIAN GENDER CULTURE

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on Victorian gender
culture. Topics may include:
Manliness vs. Masculinities
Domestication of gender
Cultural gender representations and class
Empire and gender

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed rory.moore_at_email.ucr.edu by
February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

THE BRONTË’S

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of the
Brontë’s, including:

Life writing and Elizabeth Gaskell
Feminism
Class
Religion
Gender
Empire
Genre studies

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed rory.moore_at_email.ucr.edu by
February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

REVISITING LITERARY WORLDS: PREQUELS, SEQUELS, AND SPIN-OFFS

In keeping with that theme, this panel seeks papers that consider
works—likely written, though appropriate film, television, and other media
may be analyzed—that return to already-existing fictional worlds and
approach and re-imagine them with new eyes and new purpose. These may
include prequels concerned with the time prior to a well-known work’s
events, such as Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea or John Clinch’s Finn: A
Novel, which explores the life of Huck Finn’s father. It may also include
sequels (even those done by the some author, especially after the passage
of some years) that carry the story or follow its characters beyond the
bounds of the original tale, that provide new adventures, that present new
characters in the same world, or those that rewrite the same events from a
new perspective; examples include the various reincarnations of the
Sherlock Holmes stories, or fantasy writers Robin McKinley’s and Peter S.
Beagle’s respective returns to the land of their earlier novels.
Despite the difficulty, perhaps, in drawing such a line, this panel
specifically does not seek papers on adaptations of other literary works.
Analyses of the merits and function of the “new” works in themselves are
certainly welcome and encouraged, but of particular interest are papers
that relate them in some significant way to the original works from which
they arose and that deal with the implications, whatever those may be, that
writing such stories have for issues of authenticity and as reflections on
the merit of those originals tales. Potential panelists should certainly
not feel limited by these possible topics; surprises and the unforeseen are
hoped for. Consideration of works from all genres, lengths, and media are
encouraged.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at
susana.disj_at_yahoo.com by February 27, 2009. Please let me know of any
potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.

FANTASY AND FANTASTIC LITERATURE

This panel seeks papers on any aspect of fantasy and fantastic literature,
from its modern inception with George MacDonald to its links with ancient
and medieval epics, and its continued and growing presence in recent years
with the Harry Potter books and in film and television, as well as anything
in between. Other possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues
of genre (e.g., the apparently permeable border with science fiction, or
mainstream fiction); fantasy and children’s literature; fantasy and social
critique or allegory; or analyses of specific works or series of works. Of
special interest, in keeping with this year’s conference theme, are papers
dealing with the creation of fantastic worlds.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at
susana.disj_at_yahoo.com by February 27, 2009. Please let me know of any
potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.

ILLUSTRATING LITERARY WORLDS

Expanding on that theme, this panel seeks papers that consider literary
works and their relationship to the illustrations that represent their
worlds, whether these illustrations are published with the written works,
follow them, or are created for a private, limited audience (often the
author him/herself, as is the case with many of Tolkien’s Middle Earth
drawings). Possible topics include children’s literature and illustration,
illumination, engraving, cover art, maps, created script, the author’s own
renderings of the world (perhaps in contrast to another artist’s
portrayal), or any other possible manifestation of this topic. Again, the
emphasis sought is on the relationship between the written and the visual
worlds.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at
susana.disj_at_yahoo.com by February 27, 2009. Please let me know of any
potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.

MARK HELPRIN’S WORLDS

This call is a broad search for papers on the works of the contemporary
American author Mark Helprin, who, despite having won various awards for
his novels and other stories, including A Soldier of the Great War, sadly
receives relatively little attention from the literary community.
Consequently, any and all aspects of Helprin criticism shall be considered
for this panel. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Analyses of individual novels
The trajectory of his oeuvre
His place in the canon of contemporary writers
The Swan Lake series, and his role as a children’s writer
Issues of genre (magical realism, fairy tale, heroic epic, etc.)
Nostalgia and hope
Beauty and loss
Language and imagery

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at
susana.disj_at_yahoo.com by February 27, 2009. Please let me know of any
potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.

GREEN POETICS

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on the topic of so-called
‘Green’ writing in any genre. Potential variants include:
Ecopoetics
Ecotheater
Ecocriticism
Biocentrism
Landscape architecture
Cultural geography
Comparative literature
Borderlands writing
Travel writing
Scientific research and writing
Animalism
Environmental rhetoric

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to
alan.lovegreen_at_email.ucr.edu by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

THE ROGUE SEA

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on the sea and its
literary, cinematic, and/or cultural adaptations or mutations. Potential
topics might intersect:
Maritime themes
Environmental rhetoric
Exploration narratives
Freudian readings
Historic or modern aspects of piracy
The ocean as territory
The sea in literature, myth, and folklore
Transatlantic studies

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to
alan.lovegreen_at_email.ucr.edu by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

POETICS OF SPACE

While its title is borrowed from Gaston Bachelard’s work, this CFP broadens
its focus to include not only theories or politics of domestic spaces, but
asks contributors to also interrogate how larger, more abstract “spaces”
are thought of, constructed, arranged, and removed in a wide array of
literature, media, and/or other terrains. Possible topics may include:

Physical, theoretical, and corporeal spaces
City planning or infrastructure
Urban/suburban space in theory or literature
Surplus / excess
Psychological implications of space
Space in rural settings
Social displacement
Non-fictional uses of waste
Space and cultural construction

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to
alan.lovegreen_at_email.ucr.edu by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

MELVILLEAN MOVEMENTS

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on Herman Melville.
Papers may examine any aspect of the writer’s work, study the emergence of
his use as a cultural apparatus, or engage spin-offs that use themes or
elements of his work or image. we are interested in the politics that
allow Melville’s works and ideas to ‘transcend’ boundaries of space, time,
and media to retain their appeal. Possible topics may include:

Gender
Melville’s reemergence in the 1920s
Melville’s works in popular culture; art
Whale Lore
Critical history or popular culture response
Performance, music and song in the texts
Use of myth and history

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to
alan.lovegreen_at_email.ucr.edu by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

IDENTITY FORMATION IN 19th C. AMERICAN CULTURE

Contributors are invited to submit critical works that examine issues on
identity in the “long” 19th century in any genre of American literature,
film, media, etc. Some potential topics include:

Slave trade/reconstruction as identity forming
Film technologies and the role of images
Transatlantic pressures and mimicry
Intersections of nostalgia and jeremiads
Science
The church
Transcendentalism / mysticism

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to
alan.lovegreen_at_email.ucr.edu by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

WORLDS OF HORROR

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on world-building in
horror literature and film. While fantasy and science-fiction are well
known for constructing fictional worlds, horror is less so. Are there
examples of “horror worlds”? This may also include fictional locals in
horror, such as Stephen King’s Castle Rock, Derry, and Salem’s Lot, or H.
P. Lovecraft’s Arkham, Dunwich, or Innsmouth. What is the purpose of such
fictional geographies? Why do they seem to be more common than complete
fictional worlds in horror literature and film?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to David Bañuelos,
(banuelos.david_at_gmail.com), by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

THE HORROR OF IT ALL

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on existential and
anti-world themes in horror literature and film. In H. P. Lovecraft:
Against the World, Against Life, Michel Houellebecq argues that Lovecraft’s
work is characterized by “Absolute hatred of the world in general,
aggravated by an aversion for the modern world in particular” and the idea
that “something is hiding beneath the surface of reality. . . . Something
truly vile.” Is this an accurate description of Lovecraft’s work or of
horror in general? To what extent does horror fiction demonstrate a fear or
hatred of the world, life, or humanity? Can horror be seen as life-affirming?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to David Bañuelos
(banuelos.david_at_gmail.com), by February 27, 2009 (text in the body of the
message; please no attachments).

ENLIGHTENMENT PHILOSOPHY

A call for papers interested in the social and historical impact of
Enlightenment philosophers on the formation of a global, national, communal
or even individual psyche. Papers for this panel will look at how
Enlightenment philosophers were influential in the reimagining of the
social "world", market, and religious institutions of the (but not limited
to) 18th and 19th century. Additionally, the ways these philosophies have
marked the age with signature conceptions of gender, race, and ethnicity
that still influence conceptions of the social "world" today.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to amore001_at_ucr.edu by
February 27th, 2009.

THE WORLD OF THE DETECTIVE

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of
representations of the detective in fiction, film, television, and other
media. The world the detective moves within is often confusing and
constrained. This panel will consider the different environments featured
in detective fiction and the relationship of the detective to the larger
world he or she moves within. Potential topics may include but are not
limited to the following:

Classic Detective Fiction
Sherlock Holmes
Agatha Christie
The Detective and the urban landscape
Detective fiction and national boundaries
The detective and the country house
Hardboiled Detective Fiction
Crime television series (e.g., CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, Pushing Daisies)
Noir and Neo-noir
Humorous revisions of the detective or crime fiction
Detective Games
                
Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Gretchen Bartels
(g.bartels_at_gmail.com) by February 27th, 2009. Please include the abstract
in the text of the email (no attachments). Indicate any audio/visual needs
you may have.

LOST

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of the
television show Lost. Potential topics may include but are not limited to
the following:
Lost and philosophy
The epistemology of the flashback
Allusion
Online Communities
Insular representations of the world

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Gretchen Bartels
(g.bartels_at_gmail.com) by February 27th, 2009. Please include the abstract
in the text of the email (no attachments). Indicate any audio/visual needs
you may have.

RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on any aspect of rhetoric
and composition. Potential topics may include but are not limited to the
following:
Writing Pedagogy
Writing across the Disciplines (WAC) / Writing in the Disciplines (WID)
Post-process theory
Writing Centers
Visual Rhetoric
Political Rhetoric
Aristotelian Rhetoric
Plato and Rhetoric

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Gretchen Bartels
(g.bartels_at_gmail.com) by February 27th, 2009. Please include the abstract
in the text of the email (no attachments). Indicate any audio/visual needs
you may have.

QUEER ASIAN AMERICA

In 1996, Dana Takagi in “Maiden Voyage” wrote: “many of us experience the
worlds of Asian America and gay America as separate places—emotionally,
physically, intellectually. We sustain the separation of these worlds with
our folk knowledge about the family-centeredness and supra-homophobic
beliefs of ethnic communities. Moreover, it is not just that these
communities know so little of one another, but, we frequently take great
care to keep those worlds distant from each other.” In other words, Takagi
underscores a pattern of maintaining distance between private (sexual)
expression and public expression that is not just encouraged from the
outside in one’s ethnic community, but also self-imposed as a result of
“folk knowledge” or guarantees of filial piety, respect, and continuity
with respect to the past.

Thirteen years later, has much changed in Asian America? Does Asian America
continue to consider queer sexuality their problem, that of the non-Asian
American community, or is it beginning to see the oppression of variant
sexuality as another aspect of racial and gender oppressions? The Advocate
noted in an October 17th issue that Asian Americans “overwhelmingly” oppose
Prop 8, the ballot measure to overturn gay marriage in California. Does
this signal a moment of shifting attitudes towards queer Asian America or a
continued bifurcation of ethnicity and sexuality? In what arenas do we see
shifts in perceptions of gay, lesbian, and queer lives in Asian America?
Have film, literature, and new media provided new and interesting forums
for queer expression? This panel proposes to explore the state of queer
Asian America in multiple dimensions and facets.

Papers and performance pieces (film and new media) are requested about any
of the following topics so long as they focus specifically on Asian
American and Pacific Rim queer lives:
Private vs. public lives
Queer interpretations of canonical work (how might a queer modality exist
in John Okada’s No-No Boy?)
Queer interpretations of historical moments
Transnational migrations of attitudes about the g/l/q community
Queer legal scholarship
Readings of new literature, film, and media involving the queer community
Distinctions between queer and “lesbigay” scholarship
Critical theory
Autobiography, poetry, short films
Queer Asian America and religion
Ethnography

Please email abstracts of 250-300 words to crystal.brownell_at_email.ucr.edu
by February 27, 2009.

NEW CONVERSATIONS WITH AUDRE LORDE, GLORIA ANZALDUA, AND ADRIENNE RICH

Three women associated with “second-wave” feminism of the seventies and
eighties continue to invigorate multiple and divergent fields such as
gender studies, women’s studies, postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, and
gay, lesbian, and queer studies. These three pioneers have left enduring
legacies about the situatedness of our knowledges and the then frequently
unacknowledged locations and biases of what we “know” for certain due to
our racial, gender, and economic position. How do Audre Lord, Gloria
Anzaldua, and Adrienne Rich continue to chart new intellectual terrain in a
time of uneven globalization, labor migration, new diasporas, and in
response to imperialist and colonial forces? How has their work influenced
later figures and contemporary theorists of race, labor, gender, and
whiteness? Do they cast a spectral shadow in surprising and unforeseen ways
on contemporary academic discussions? How do they continue to serve as
intellectual fodder for later generations and new scholars.
This panel requests work that engages in serious ways with the works of
Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, and Adrienne Rich (although not all
simultaneously, meaning a proposed paper can address one or two theorists
in isolation). Of particular interest are essays on Lorde’s “The Uses of
the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” Anzaldua and Moraga’s This Bridge Called
My Back, Anzaldua’s Borderlands / La Frontera, and Rich’s “Of Woman Born.”
 Some suggested topics:

Life-writing
Butch / lesbian / dyke mommies (“Of Woman Born”)
Erotic practice in professional life
Women of color in professional spheres (“A Letter to Mary Daly”)
Autobiography and ethnography
Border theory

Please send a 250-300 page abstract and one page CV to
crystal.brownell_at_email.ucr.edu by 2/27/09.

QUEER UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS

At the 2005 MLA convention a debate raged around Lee Edelman’s
controversial work No Future. In it he argues in a vein similar to Leo
Bersani in Homos that queers are under no imperative to be good citizens.
Edelman argues that queers are the very figure of “nonproductivity” and a
bold critique of humanism. He advises the utter rejection of current gay
and lesbian “fads” such as equal rights to marriage and family. If queers
reject the trend for reproductive equality, they also reject the idealizing
impulse that the future in the place of the Child represents, in essence
revealing the perverse core of an incoherent exploitative
civility/civilization built on negativity.
Despite the excitement generated by Edelman’s argument, other queer
theorists have argued the inverse—queers have nothing but a future. Jose
Munoz argues that queers, particularly the queer child of color, have yet
to achieve the level of human that a certain kind of humanism would laude
and protect. Munoz’s most recent text, Cruising Utopia, is a rumination on
this thesis and one we’re particularly interested in having represented on
this panel although all sides of the anti-social thesis both pro and con
are welcomed.Papers are requested about any of the following topics
(although not limited to them):

Queer utopias (spaces, geographies, historical movements, theoretical pieces)
The antisocial thesis as represented by Lee Edelman
The antisocial thesis as represented by Judith Halberstam
Leo Bersani’s work Homos
Jose Munoz’s work on utopia
Sexual utopias and dystopias
Queer feminisms
Queer of color communities and humanism
Queer politics and humanist ideals
Queer citizenship
New media, gaming, and queer “identity politics”

Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a one page CV to
crystal.brownell_at_email.ucr.edu by 2/27/09.

MAPPING MIDDLE-EARTH: TOLKIEN'S FANTASTIC GEOGRAPHY

This panel is interested in exploring ways in which Tolkien creates a
grounded, self-consistent fantastic world in Middle Earth. Papers may focus
on topics such as: his relationship with nature and the natural world; the
relationship of Middle-Earth to England and to JRRT's life experiences; the
sense of history in Middle-Earth and how it shapes the identities of
characters such as Aragorn, Frodo, and Sam; the treatment of maps and
geography in his writings; film adaptations of his works; and any other
related topics.

Email abstracts of 200-300 words to Kristin Noone
(kristin.noone_at_email.ucr.edu) by 2/27/09. Please indicate any A/V needs you
may have.

MYTH-CONCEPTIONS: MYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE, AND THE WORLD

Myth, fairy tales, and folk heroes are an indelible part of global culture.
In keeping with this year’s conference theme, this panel is interested in
how mythologies or mythical heroes function as cultural markers—creating
relationships between this world and the fairy world, between the past and
the present, between one culture and another. Possible topics (though
contributors are not limited to these) may include:
Comparative mythology
Folk heroes in popular culture
Reading mythology in terms of cultural capital
Film or other adaptations
Heroism
Cross-culture comparison/transmission
Children’s fairy tales

Email abstracts of 200-300 words to Kristin Noone
(kristin.noone_at_email.ucr.edu) by 2/27/09. Please indicate any A/V needs you
may have.

LAW AND THE OUTLAW

This panel is interested in concepts of the “law” and what it means to be
an “outlaw,” literally outside of the law, and how these definitions relate
to identity and society. Paper topics are open to any related subjects,
from Robin Hood ballads to Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

Email abstracts of 200-300 words to Kristin Noone
(kristin.noone_at_email.ucr.edu) by 2/27/09. Please indicate any A/V needs you
may have.

RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

Contributors are invited to submit papers investigating any aspect of
Renaissance or Early Modern literature. In keeping with this year's
conference theme, we are especially interested in exploring early modern
conception and depictions of the world, but papers dealing with any
Renaissance or Early Modern themes and texts are welcome. Some possible
topics (though contributors are not limited to these) might include:

drama and the stage
Shakespeare and other authors
desire and eroticism
gender identity and performativity
magic and magicians
markets, commodities, and exchange
early imperialism and colonial tendencies

Email abstracts of 200-300 words to Kristin Noone
(kristin.noone_at_email.ucr.edu) by 2/27/09. Please indicate any A/V needs you
may have.

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