CFP: Thinking Affect - Memory, Language, and Cognition (6/15/07; 9/27/07-9/28/07)

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Jenni Lieberman
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 Call for Papers: *
Thinking Affect - Memory, Language, and Cognition.**
*A graduate student conference, sponsored by the Unit for Criticism &
Interpretive Theory
**Abstracts Due: June 15, 2007
Conference Dates: September 28 =96 29, 2007
**See below for submission procedures.*

*Advisory Committee: *
*Lillian Hoddeson, Stephen Levinson, Andrew Pickering, Rick Powers, and **N=

*Keynote Speakers*, (biographies attached below):
-Pheoebe Sengers*: Information Science* and *Science and Technology Studies=
Cornell University.*
-Neal Cohen:* Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana

            This conference intends to open real lines of communication
between researchers in cultural studies, the humanities, and the sciences.
We will focus on linked topics that are being investigated by a diverse
community of scholars and critical thinkers: memory, language, and
cognition. Although methods vary widely across disciplinary boundaries, we
contend that everyone can benefit from a conversation that revolves around
the key questions that are currently shaping the fields of interpretive
theory, cognitive science, linguistics, history, computer science,
literature, science and technology studies, and others. We will create this
mutually beneficial forum for cross-disciplinary discussions by avoiding
compartmentalization as best we can. We hope to assemble panels with
speakers from different backgrounds, in order to construct a new horizon fo=
future interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration.
            In this conference, we aim to analyze and interrogate critical
paradigms in and across these fields, by focusing on key issues relating to
memory, language, and cognition. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the
panels and audience, we ask that potential presenters be aware that they
will not just be addressing specialists in their field. In order to
accomplish our goal of mutual collaboration, we may ask conference
participants to share their papers or ideas with their panel before the
conference, so that each panel will have the opportunity, if necessary, to
revise their work. We hope that this communication might make each panel
thematically cohere, even though each paper will inevitably represent
divergent personal projects.

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops, and round
tables that may speak to any of the aforementioned themes or following
topics. We also welcome entries or suggestions for other memory themes that
you see as relevant that don't currently appear on our list:

-Rhetorics of remembering, (including memory of events, in types of emergin=
media, with respect to trauma theory, etc.)

-The medicalization of memory (including the relationship between memory an=
diseases/disorders, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, popular
representations of amnesia, etc.)

-Cognition, intelligence and memory in or as literature

-Artificial intelligence

-Embodied memory, especially with respect to race, gender and identity

               -Understanding processes of memory


               -Collective memory, social networking, and identity.

-How to represent cognition, or how to communicate cognition, especially in
visual vernaculars (including film and scientific imaging)

*Phoebe** Sengers* is an assistant professor in Information Science and
Science & Technology Studies at Cornell. She works at the intersection of
technology design and cultural studies of technology, developing innovative
applications that respond to and encourage critical reflection on the place
of technology in culture. Before coming to
Cornell, she was a research scientist in the Media Arts Research Studies
group at the German National Computer Science Research Center (GMD) and a
Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in
Karlsruhe, Germany. In August 1998, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon
University with a self-defined interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Artificial
Intelligence and Cultural Theory.

*Neal Cohen* received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San
Diego, in 1981. He is a Professor in the U of I Department of Psychology an=
in the U of I Neuroscience Program; and is a full-time faculty member in th=
Beckman Institute Cognitive Neuroscience Group. He is also a Senior Researc=
Scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. His field of professional
interest is cognitive neuroscience, directed specifically at issues about
memory systems of the brain, and about amnesia and other disorders of

*Submission Procedures: *Please submit paper and panel proposals by e-mailt=
o no later than 5pm on June 15, 2007. Include all text of
the proposal in the body of the e-mail (i.e., not as an attachment). Includ=
the text "UNIT 07 Paper" or "UNIT 07 Panel" in your e-mail subject line. Yo=
may include additional text in the subject line.

   - *Panel proposals* should include names and contact information for
   all panel participants, including a presider or chair if there is one. P=
   proposals should include abstracts for each paper, limited to a maximum =
   three hundred (300) words each, not including the paper title. Proposals
   should also include a panel description of up to three hundred (300) wor=
   Panel proposals with only two speakers should be prepared to welcome one=
   two additional panelists to their session.

   - *Paper proposals* should include a name and contact information,
   including institutional affiliation if appropriate. P ,roposals should h=
   a paper title and an abstract of no more than three hundred (300) words,
   plus four or five keywords that name the major concepts and central figu=
   of the proposal.

   - Final papers and presentations should be no more than twenty minutes
   in length.

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