UPDATE: Poesis in the Humanities (grad) (3/1/06; EGSO, 4/22/06-4/23/06)
Call for Panels and Papers: NEW DEADLINE 3/1/06
The English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) of the University at Albany, SUNY announces its annual graduate student conference Saturday April 22 and Sunday 23, 2006:
Changing the Subject: Poesis, Praxis, and Theoria in the Humanities
Robert Scholes is the Keynote Speaker, presenting a paper titled "Changing the Subject: Periodical Studies"
We invite papers that address--through argument, exploration, performance, experiment--the concept of Poiesis, variously understood, misunderstood, and newly understood. What should we make of Aristotle's category? To ask, "What is Poiesis?" may be to ask, "What isn't? What might be or can't be? Why?" When Edward Said argues that the English novel played a crucial role in the shaping of the British colonial project, when Shelley Jackson and Jeanette Winterson write fictions that represent human bodies as fictive constructions, what happens to a traditional notion of "art" (let alone "for art's sake")? Meanwhile, formalism seems to dominate MFA programs.
Why, and to what end? Must educational institutions ofart-making and art history necessarily function as ideological State apparatuses?
How can we (re)frame our understandings of poetic work--should we?--and what are the ramifications of our doing so? Of our exploding such frames, from within (genre-crossing) or without (art as activism)? Where, how, and to what end can art meet, overlap, become, or conflict with activism,theory, teaching, and criticism? Can conventional poetic and aesthetic definitions and divisions still benefit us? What of the margins?
Possible topics include (and are not limited to):
-Poetics of transgression (the grotesque body, l'ecriture feminine)
-Topologies of artistic plagiarism (Acker, Burroughs)
-The (extra)literary (the literature of music)
-Productive constraint (the Oulipo)
-Institutional boundaries and the artist-academic
-Poetics of exile and nomadism
-The generation, blurring, and politics of genres ("the novel," prose poetry)
-Technological and aesthetic evolution (hypermedia)
-Periodization, canonization, categorization
-Art as thinking, teaching, criticism, activism (metapoetics, social art)
-The frames of drama and performance
-The body as a narrative or performance (Butler, Wittig)
-Translation as reframing
-The artist, social agency, and censorship (writers under Apartheid)
-The pedagogy of art-making
-Poetics and ethics (Sebaldian silences)
Creative, performative, and/or unconventional presentation proposals are very welcome.
Please submit a 250-400 word proposal for papers and/panels by March 1, 2006 to egsoalbany_at_yahoo.com.
Conference website: http://www.albany.edu/english/grad_conference_06/
"A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual."
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