Fables of Fear International Conference Aug 7&8, 2010 cpracsis.org

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CPRACSIS (Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia)

Fables of Fear
International Conference Aug 7&8, 2010

Thrissur, Kerala, India.

One of the arresting definitions of happiness is the aphoristic statement of Walter Benjamin: "To be happy means to be able to look into oneself without being frightened." In this age of Hyper Capitalism, where fear is all pervasive, this ability is precisely what seems to be missing. We can neither look into our own self or the outside world without being frightened. Every dilation/dialectics of eyes is predisposed toward the melancholic essence of things. Things, in turn, return the gaze as coldly as possible. And, it seems, we are transfixed in the gravitational field of fear for ever.

Our fear of the fear provokes many questions: What is the genesis of fear? Does fear have an ontological dimension? Or is it constituted in and through history and language? Should our neighbor be toxic in his or her most radical dimension? Do we have forms of consciousness that are not afraid of anything? How is fear generated? What are the symbolic forms through which fear is manifested, created, manipulated, controlled, framed, tamed, etc? Is it possible for a technological civilization to construct subjectivity that knows no fear? Or should the human subjectivity be gotten rid off to overcome this uneasy feeling called fear? Did we ever have a pre-history of cheekiness? Or is it just that cheekiness has always run parallel to the melancholic history, unobserved?

CPRACSIS (Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia) would love to raise such questions - the questions not being confined to disciplinary boundaries- with an international conference to be convened at Thrissur, Kerala, India on 07, 08 August 2010. Dr Sudhir Kakar, renowned Indian psychoanalyst and writer (www.sudhirkakar.com) will be inaugurating and addressing the conference, with Dr Bill Durodie (www.durodie.net) of Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore delivering the keynote.
CPRACSIS invites papers (not exceeding 3000 words) that explore - but not limited to- the following broad areas of concern.

1. Fear and Transcendental Other: God/Religious Experience/Prophetic Vision/Mysticism/Spiritual Inwardness
2. The 'State' of Fear: Nation State/Foreign and Domestic Policy/State of Exception/Surveillance/Marginal and Minority Politics
3. Fear in the Global Space: Trade Relations/Marketing Strategies/Recession/Corporations and Social Auditing/Speculative Capital/Emerging Economies/Global Power Equations/Hyper Capitalism
4. Fears in the New Media: Cyber Space/Virtual Communities/Identity Theft/Virtual Communication/Virtual Sex/Mobile Phone
5. Mediated Fear: Reporting and Manufacturing of Fear
6. Fear and the Visual: Films/Painting/Other Visual Arts
7. Sound and Fear: Musical Styles/Musical Performance/Genres/Traditions
8. Performed Fear: Performing Arts/Performers/Spirit Possession
9. Sexuality and Fear: Gender/Sexual Minorities/Sex Workers/Trans-Gendered Identity
10. Fear and Scientific Imagination: Science Fiction/Scientific Research
11. Religious Fear: Religious Identity/Religious Violence
12. 'Caste'ing Fear: Caste Identity/Caste Violence
13. The Climate of Fear: Global Climate Change
14. Pandemic Fears: Pandemic Diseases
15. Narratives of Fear: Horror Fiction/Horror Cinema/Graphic Novels
16. Anatomy of Fear: Medical Ethics/ Knowledge Concentration/ Public Fear and Medical Research/Genetic Research
17. Fearful Asymmetries of Architecture: Architecture/ Security and Technologies of Construction, etc.
18. Consuming Fear: Consumption/Violence
19. The Cultural History of Fear: Ancient/Classic/Romantic/Industrial/Oriental/Occidental/Modern/Postmodern

Abstracts of not exceeding 350 words along with a brief narrative bio (not exceeding 150 words) are to be sent to gokul@cpracsis.org or anil@cpracsis.org before April 25, 2010. Abstracts should be submitted with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) telephone numbers, e) title of abstract and f) body of abstract
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12; single spaced) for the submission of abstracts and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting. Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation in the conference sessions, and at least one author for each paper must be at the conference in order to present the paper. All proposals are subject to peer review. Use of visual aids is recommended. The receipt of abstracts will be confirmed immediately and selected presenters will be notified by May 01, 2010. The last date for the submission of final papers will be July 30, 2010. The final papers should be properly formatted (MLA or Chicago). Further details regarding conference fee, travel and accommodation will be available at cpracsis website soon. C PRACSIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and innovations in visual media, culture and performance, located in Thrissur, Kerala, India, supported by an international academic community.

Conference coordinators:
Anilkumar P. V. (anil@cpracsis.org)
Gokul T.G. (gokul@cpracsis.org)