CFP: [American] The Arrival of a Departureâ9/11 and the Antinomies of Postmodernity (11/1/2007; ACLA, 04/24-04/27/08

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Mathias Nilges
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The Arrival of a Departure—9/11 and the Antinomies of Postmodernity
(11/1/2007; ACLA, 04/24/08-04/27/08)

According to most macrotheoretical models, postmodernity is centrally
defined by processes of decentering, deregulating and diversifying
conceptions of subjectivity, the determining material structure and of
cultural production, the terrain within which new subjectivities,
attitudes and beliefs are formed, contested and disseminated. A fully
postmodern sociopolitical and cultural situation should therefore be
defined by deregulation, the appreciation of diversity, of pluralism and
difference. In recent years, many theorists have begun to examine the
intersection of such conceptions of postmodernity and forces such as
globalization, neoliberalism, multiculturalism, the waning of the nation
state, transnational cultural exchange, etc.
        This seminar intends to interrogate the ways in which 9/11 has,
depending on the perspective, hindered the progress of postmodernity,
amplified and accelerated postmodernity’s logic, highlighted its internal
contradictions, or thrown the intersections between postmodernity,
decentralization and, for example, economic globalization into stark
relief. Has 9/11 as a global event resulted in a reversal of the material
project of postmodernity? Has it revealed ideological fissures that
present themselves as increasingly difficult to resolve? Did 9/11 mark a
ruptural event that signalled the departure from the hopefulness of the
postmodern project, or did it allow for the actual practical arrival in
postmodernity, forcing a consideration of postmodernity in all its
complexity? Papers in this seminar should explore the effect of 9/11 on
the project of postmodernity in all its facets, including theories of
subjection, political subjectivity, theories of the state and community,
etc., with a special focus on the cultural representation of these issues.
        To submit a proposal for this seminar visit: The deadline for submissions is 11/1/2007.
Only electronic submissions via the ACLA website can be accepted. When
submitting your proposal, make sure to select the title of this seminar.
For additional questions please contact:

Mathias Nilges, University of Illinois at Chicago,

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