CFP: The Violent (Re)turn to Ethics?: Implications, Complications, and Situations (11/15/06; 2/16/07-2/18/07)
Southwest Graduate English Symposium
Arizona State University
February 16 - 18 2007
The Violent (Re)turn to Ethics?: Implications, Complications, and Situations
Must the (re)turn to ethics involve a turn away from something else, or is
ethics inevitably intertwined with other concerns?
The 2007 Southwest Graduate English Symposium seeks submissions that
(re)consider and respond to the question of ethics in current cultural
contexts. It has been argued that ethics have never been divorced from
literary, political, or cultural pursuits. If we accept this position, how
have arguments surrounding ethics manifest themselves in a post-structural,
post-secular milieu? Work over the last twenty years has demonstrated
connections between the turn to ethics and colonization, racialization, and
globalization among others. How then are these relations reified or
challenged in current debates on ethics? Do these debates emerge as a
response to threats of terror, violence and trauma? Do they have religious
roots? Do ethics rely on a universalized notion of "Truth?"
Arguably, regardless of its source, the ethical debate informs and
influences all cultural interaction. How does the conception of ethics
affect the relationship between reader and text? How does it inform our
understanding of justice? Who decides what is ethical or just? How do power
relations and hierarchies impact our abilities to relate ethically within
wider culture and what kinds of violence might a (re)turn imply?
We are interested in cross disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, creative,
theoretical and literary considerations on any aspect of this theme.
Questions for consideration may include but are not limited to:
• How are literary criticism and politics related? How do ethics bind them?
• How does the return to ethics influence our position in relation to new
nations, immigration, feminist, queer and area studies?
• How do ethics shape identities, communities, and cultures?
• How do different ethics compare and interact?
• How can/not one ethic critique another?
• What are the ethical ramifications of translation?
• How do ethics inform how we teach? Our curriculum design?
• What's involved in writing/righting ethics?
• How are ethics displayed visually?
Panel Proposals should be no more than 500 words and submitted by September
30, 2006 Paper Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and submitted by
November 15, 2006 Please include home and office numbers, complete mailing
address, e-mail address, professional affiliation, and AV requirements with
Please direct questions to: STEPHANIE_at_asu.edu
Please direct submissions to: asu2007symp_at_yahoo.com
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