CFP: [Graduate] Spectres and Spectators: April 17-18, Rochester, NY

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Justine McGhee

University of Rochester Graduate Student Conference
Department of English
“Spectres and Spectators”
Rochester, New York
April 17th-18th, 2009

Since the anti-pornography debates of the 1980s, it has often been asserted
that to observe spectacle is to replicate its traumas and participate in
its pleasures. Contiguous arguments about the nature of the public sphere
have suggested that democracy itself is a spectacle, with each citizen
enacting a scripted role. To complicate these and other claims, the English
Graduate Steering Committee requests abstracts for 15 â€" 20 minute
presentations that engage with questions that fall under the broad theme of
Spectres and Spectators. Do ethical forms of spectatorship exist? Do
current critical paradigms of performativity, social constructionism, and
biopolitical exceptionalism force scholars to reconsider their notions of
the spectral? The call is open to all graduate students in literary,
visual, and cultural studies and seeks to encompass various historical
periods, genres, theoretical/conceptual approaches, and national cultures.

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

Audience and reception studies
Carceral punishments
Relationships between ideology and form
Public spheres
Politics and ethics of representation

Three hundred word abstracts should be emailed to and by March 1, 2009.

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