Esthetic History and the Knowledge of the Human
Generative Anthropology Summer Conference
Chapman University, Orange, California
Thursday 26 June Sunday
29 June 2008
Call for Papers
Chapman University is pleased to present the 2nd annual Generative
Anthropology Summer Conference, with the thematic focus "Esthetic
History and the Knowledge of the Human."
Generative Anthropology is an ambitious, interdisciplinary way of thinking
initiated by Eric Gans in books such as The End of Culture (1985),
Originary Thinking (1993), Signs of Paradox (1997) and The Scenic
Imagination (2007). Its current vitality is indicated by the recent
publication of an anthology of pieces devoted to GA, The Originary
Hypothesis: A Minimal Proposal for Humanistic Inquiry, edited by Adam
Katz (2007)Í¾ by the continuing fullness of the online journal
AnthropoeticsÍ¾ and by the robust success of the first GA weekend
conference held in Vancouver last July.
Scholars unaware of GA may visit the Anthropoetics website for
information about it. We emphasise that Generative Anthropology will be
of congenial interest to a wide range of workers in humanities disciplines
such as literature, literary theory, literary history, esthetic history,
philosophical anthropology, cultural politics, philosophy of mind, and the
sociology of art and religion.
Researchers in the social and natural sciences with an interest in human
origins, the origins of language, cultural evolution, evolutionary
psychology, cognitive psychology and other disciplines will also find its
hypotheses thought provoking.
The organizers of GASC 2008 therefore invite interested researchers to
submit proposals for papers that explore the possibilities for analytical
interaction between Generative Anthropology and topics falling under the
umbrella formulation of "Esthetic History and the Knowledge of the
We welcome analyses of particular literary texts, artistic works,
esthetic trends, or crucial events in the history of an art (music,
theatre, painting, architecture, design)Í¾ analyses of the contributions
made by specific philosophers, theologians, artists, and other
intellectual figures to the history of human self knowledge
as mediated by esthetic productionÍ¾ studies of the competition between
popular and high artÍ¾ considerations of "primitive" art and the
archaeology of early human artifacts in relation to hypothesis formation
about human originsÍ¾ philosophical reflections on representation and the
sign, especially as these might sharpen the differentiation between
esthetic experience and experience of the sacred, and the differentiation
between esthetic cognition and "scientific" knowledge of the human.
Preference will be given to papers that explicitly engage with ideas
contained in that body of intellectual activity designated as Generative
Anthropology. However, we will also welcome submissions by scholars
new to but curious about GA who are engaged in fundamental reflection on
the human as it relates to our theme of Esthetic History and the Knowledge
of the Human.
All papers should be a reading time of 20/25 minutes. Proposals, 500
words maximum, should be sent by attachment in MSWord
to schneide_at_chapman.edu. Deadline: 28 February 2008.
GASC 2008's Chief organizer is Matthew Schneider, Professor of English
and Dean of Humanities at Chapman University, Orange, California. All
correspondence, questions and proposals, should be sent to Dr. Schneider
Canadian participants may send inquiries also to the Canadian
coorganizers, Andrew.Bartlett_at_kwantlen.ca or IanDennis_at_uottawa.ca.
This conference is endorsed by Wilkinson College of Letters and Sciences
at Chapman University.
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