(dis)junctions 2010: States of Crisis April 9-10th, 2010

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(dis)junctions UC Riverside's Annual Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers: General Topic, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of California Riverside's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Humanities Conference

States of Crisis: (dis)junctions 2010
April 9th and 10th

Abstract deadline: 3/5/10
General CFP-
(General Call for Papers)

For (dis)junctions 2010, we are seeking papers that explore the construction, definitions of, and
reactions to "crisis" in all its various permutations. The titular concept, drawn from Giorgio
Agamben's pivotal work, State of Exception, functions as a starting point to facilitate a nuanced
understanding of the intricacies of crisis. How does the framework of crisis impact communities
across the globe in manifold ways? How have states of crisis functioned across time and space
and in relation to questions of citizenship and nation? For example, how can crisis help us think
about paradigmatic shifts between the crusades and modern imperialism? Further, how can we
talk about interpersonal and psychological states of crisis? Can we view crisis as productive, and
if so, how does this view complicate the violences and oppressions that often stem from personal
and public states of crisis? How are notions of play and change utilized to further complicate

Considering the states of crisis across the world—at home and abroad, in the space of the
domestic and in the public arena—this year's conference strives to provide an interdisciplinary
space to discuss the conditions, consequences, and productivity of the many forms of "crisis."
The focus of the conference is to engage with crisis as both an abstract theoretical concept and a
material reality that impacts individuals and populations. (dis)junctions anticipates responses to
further explore how "crisis" challenges, structures, and affects our understanding of the world
and ourselves.

Papers may address topics such as, but not limited to: questions of identity, nation, and culture,
representations of crisis in the media, crisis within academia, religion and violence, economic
crisis, environmental crisis, race theory, gender and sexuality as categories of crisis, crisis in the
Middle East, cosmopolitanism and human rights, terrorism, capitalism, crisis of/in postcolonial
theory, international affairs and foreign policies, manufactured crisis, the mechanisms for
change, play as "productive crisis," play as a mode of resistance, narrative representations of the
"natural" or sociopolitical world, and questions of identity and "self" in relation to the ever-in-
crisis global landscape.

As always, (dis)junctions welcomes papers from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and
creative disciplines, and this year we are breaking ground by accepting relevant papers from
disciplines outside of the humanities in order to extend the conversation; participants may submit
to a specific panel or in response to the general call for papers.

(dis)junctions is a large conference, spanning a number of themes –all topics are welcome,
including traditional genre and period-related papers! Creative pieces and artwork are also highly
encouraged. Please look for additional panel-specific Call for Papers in the weeks to come.
Please email abstracts (250-300 words) to Disjunctions2010@gmail.com. Also, please note any
A/V needs you may have—we can obtain VCRs, DVDs, and projectors for laptops. Less
standard equipment is possible (although not guaranteed) upon request.

List of Panel CFPs
9/11 and the "War on Terror" as Sites of Crisis
War and Crisis
Plagues and Pestilence
Chicana/Latina Identity in Crisis?
Crisis in Postcolonial Studies
Crisis in Comparative Literature
The Post Apocalyptic in Literature and Film
Anxieties of Influence: The Literary Extended "Family"
Visual Art: Paradigmatic shifts across time and space
Digital Worlds
Food Fights: Current Trends and Historical Movements
Spoken Word: Destructive Language
Mad Men
Men in Feminism
Bruce Springsteen Music
Speculative Fiction
Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Mythology and Folklore
Changes in Middle-Earth: The Evolution of Tolkien's Fantasy
Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Victorian Literature and Culture
Detective Fiction


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