Bruce Springsteen Panel - (Dis)junctions 2010 - "States of Crisis" - UCR Riverside, April 9-10

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Contributors are welcome to submit papers investigating any aspect of the music, philosophy, or
career of Bruce Springsteen. Creative and performance pieces inspired by or in response to
Springsteen's music will also be considered. In keeping with this year's conference theme,
submissions of particular interest might deal with issues of crisis in Springsteen's oeuvre,
although all Springsteen-related submissions are welcome. Possible topics include:
Crises of masculinity in Springsteen's music
Social activism and Springsteen's music
Springsteen's philosophy of love
Cars and driving in Springsteen's music
Nebraska and criminality
Born to Run and movement / freedom
"Born in the USA" and the Vietnam War / veterans' issues
"My Hometown" and crises of place / identity
"Glory Days" and the passage of time
"Streets of Philadelphia" and the AIDS epidemic
The Ghost of Tom Joad and immigration issues
The Rising and Post-9/11 America
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to Ray Crosby at by Friday
March 12, 2010 at 5pm Pacific. Please indicate any A/V needs.

Conference information:
(dis)junctions 2010: States of Crisis
April 9-10, 2010
University of California, Riverside (USA)
Graduate Student Conference

For (dis)junctions 2010, we are seeking papers that explore the construction, definitions of, and
reactions to "crisis" in all its various permutations. 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, 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.