CFP: Lyotard and Feminist Theory (5/1/03; edited collection)

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Grebowicz, Margret
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Gender After Lyotard
Postmodernism, Philosophy, and Feminist Theory

edited by Margret Grebowicz

        Papers are sought which critically address the philosophy of
Jean-Fran├žois Lyotard from feminist perspectives. Broadly conceived, the
collection will address two issues: the possible uses of Lyotard's
epistemology for feminist thought and the importance of Lyotard's own work
on gender for contemporary feminist theory. Specific issues to consider
include the following:
--what can feminists learn from the analyses of difference, and of the
relationship between difference and justice, developed in Lyotard's oeuvre?
--Lyotard's engagement of psychoanalysis as read by feminist psychoanalysis
--Lyotard's political writings read from the perspectives of feminist and
postcolonial theories
--his analyses of the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, read by
feminist aesthetics/art
--his work on pedagogy read from perspectives of gender
--comparative analyses of Lyotard and other French postmodern thinkers (for
example, Deleuze and Foucault) as useful for feminist philosophy
--why does Lyotard address gender in the first place? what role does gender
play in his epistemology, ethics, politics?
--the possibilities for men's feminist subjectivities from the vantage point
of Lyotard's essays on gender ("Interesting", "Return Upon the Return",
"Marie Goes to Japan", "Can thought go on without a Body?", and others)
--the role of gender in his analyses of global capitalism, migration, and

Due date for abstracts (700-1,000 words): June 1, 2003.

Please send or e-mail abstracts to:

Dr. Margret Grebowicz
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Social Sciences
University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, TX 77002

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