This Mad Mad Mad Crisis; Where Will It Take Us Next

full name / name of organization: 
April Durham, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California Riverside
contact email: 
april.durham@email.ucr.edu

A interdisciplinary panel that is part of the [dis]junctions 2010 graduate conference at University of CAlifornia Riverside, April 10-11, 2010.

Developments in technology, interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, collective knowledge building forums, and other creative approaches to understanding have resulted in an identity crisis for the epistemologies guiding explorations of current social, intellectual, and psychological conditions.
Scholars like Rosi Braidotti, Corinne Kumar, Isabelle Stengers, David Rodowick, and David Harvey have proposed alternatives to dialectics, linearity, and duality in scholarship; some have called for a new generation of philosophers who can surge among different trajectories of knowing, and therefore of being, demanded by the conditions of rapidly changing technology, global world capital, and transnational subjectivities. The old narratives, representations, metaphors, and subjectivities do not reflect current experiences of time, movement, memory, and identity. We are interested in scholarly papers, creative projects, and hybrid combinations of these informed by the following ideas.
- expanded notions of collective intelligence extending beyond the parameters of the market;
- innovative approaches to knowledge creation that include non-Cartesian models of rationality (e.g., madness, glossolalia, etc.);
- the function of affect in relation to multiplicity in time, memory, gesture, and narrative
- collaboration as a way to articulate subjectivity through creative practice and scholarship;
- a more expansive (less binary or oppositional) view of the engagement between physical sciences and the humanities
This panel aims to consider the benefits of challenging linearity, recognizing the intimate relationship between past and present; we want further the idea of many, varied universalisms that reflect the many different modes of knowing and a reality of multiple perspectives. We are excited to unfold the interrelated methods, ethics, and affects of scholarship and creativity.

Please send 250-300 abstracts or project descriptions to April Durham, UCR Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages Department by March 8. april.durham@email.ucr.edu

For more information about [dis]junctions 2010 please visit the website: http://english.ucr.edu/gsea/disjunctions/

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cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
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graduate_conferences
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