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Passions:Promises and Perils Conference call for abstracts; extended deadline JUNE 29
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Graduate Program in Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Passions: Promises and Perils
Conference hosted by the Graduate Program in Communication
Deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to Monday, June 29, 2009.
Abstracts need not explicitly engage "passions." The conference theme is used to organize panel discussions of the scholarly investments that inform our work. While this is the organizing theme, we use it to signify broadly the social, cultural, and economic investments that organize the things we study, and how we study them,
Commitments and investments in the world emerge from passions. These passions form the basis for promise and peril, peace and violence, oppression and liberation. Yet why is it that passions can contradict self-interest? How are passions constructed and manipulated to various ends? How are they both “natural” and naturalized? Where are passions enacted, to what ends, and
Passions inform and mediate communication in both limiting and enabling ways.
We invite submissions that examine and/or demonstrate such significant commitments and investments from a variety of perspectives and areas of communication study including but not limited to: film, media, and cultural studies; critical theory and philosophy; social interaction; intercultural communication and ethnography of communication; race, gender, and sexuality;
This conference treats Passions as an organizing theme. Small panels will be structured with the objective of stimulating mutually informing dialogue.
The deadline to submit abstracts of 250 words maximum is Monday, June 29, 2009.
Invited participants will be asked to submit short position papers on an issue related to the subject of their abstract. Position papers will be made available to attendees on our conference website, requiring each participant to
We are also soliciting submissions of alternative format research presentations and creative works, including but not limited to: performance, multimedia installation, and film and video work dealing directly with social themes (such as social documentary, ethnography and auto-ethnography, and experimental audio-visual works which encode social, cultural, political, and economic issues).
• Abstracts due: Monday, June 29, 2009
Example Panel Topics
The following are examples of topics around which panels may be organized. But submissions are not required to conform to any of these topics.
Dis/locating Passions: Spaces Where Passion is Expected, Assumed, or Not