CFP: Broken Bodies, the Discourse of Disability (grad) (11/30/05; SGES, 2/24/06-2/26/06)

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Cindi Knight
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12th Annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium
Arizona State University – February 24-26, 2006

(Re)Markable Identities: Confronting, Corrupting, and Conflating Cultural
PANEL: Broken Bodies: The Discourse of Disability

Impairment has always been present—only recently through disability studies
are we re-conceptualizing what impairment and disability, whether permanent
or temporary, actually means. This panel seeks paper and presentation
abstracts that critically engage with disability studies discourse to reach
conclusions about what constitutes identity within disability and examine
its juxtaposition with other theoretical positions such as feminism, queer
theory, CRT, etc. Submissions from a variety of disciplines (literature,
history, philosophy, etc.) and genres (novel, film, narrative, poetry, etc.)
are encouraged. Sample topics may include issues such as: the manifestation
of depression or other mental illness in poetry, cultural inscriptions of
disability on individual or collective bodies, the concepts of masquerade
and performance in queer theory and disability, stage or film
interpretations of disability, the utilization of prosthesis to “pass” in an
able-bodied world.

Paper abstracts should be no more than 350 words and submitted by November
30, 2005. Please include home and office numbers, complete mailing address,
e-mail address, professional affiliation, and AV requirements with your
submission. Direct questions or submissions to Cynthia Calhoun,

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