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CFP: Quarantine, the 2010 Culture and Theory Conference, UC Irvine
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Culture and Theory Department
Conference Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Our conference theme was inspired by the cultural panics and anxieties that emerged out of the public discourse surrounding the H1N1 flu virus. Declared a national emergency by the Obama Administration, our cultural imaginary on disease, health, and bodies has been become deeply mired in discourses on inclusion and exclusion. These discourses are mobilized by racialized, classed, sexualized, and gendered economies of representation that produce notions of who is allowed access to the identities of ‘citizen’ and ‘national’. Our conference will look to the ways that identities and bodies become sites of intense contestation both within these contemporary discursive formations and through the pathologizing of racial, sexual, classed, and gendered identities.
When thinking through the context of quarantine, some questions to consider might be: How does biopower frame the conditions of possibility for quarantine? What affective transactions are mediated by quarantine? How are bodies, desires, and sexualities pathologized in and through practices of quarantine? How do modalities of closure and enclosure in discourses on the nation, state, and belonging contribute to new mappings of identity? How are emerging technologies of governance creating new methods and ways of thinking about quarantine?
Papers submitted to the conference do not need to directly address the H1N1 flu virus or its discursive productions. Presenters are encouraged to ‘play’ with the theoretical possibilities that a conference entitled ‘Quarantine’ allows. As Culture and Theory is a fundamentally interdisciplinary program, we welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to: political science, literature/comparative literature, anthropology, sociology, visual studies, studio arts, history, philosophy, area studies, Women’s and Gender studies, African-American Studies, and Asian American Studies. Individual papers, panel proposals and joint presentations are welcome.
Proposed topics/panels for the conference might include:
panic/anxiety surrounding the H1N1 flu virus
Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words long and should be submitted by Friday, February 5th, 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a draft of the conference paper should be submitted by Friday, April 16th, 2010.
Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or PDF/RTF formats and must include the following information: a) Author; b) Institutional affiliation; c) Contact information and e-mail address;
We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted.