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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) <cpracsis.org>
Fables of Fear
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.
1. Fear and Transcendental Other: God/Religious Experience/Prophetic Vision/Mysticism/Spiritual Inwardness
Abstracts of not exceeding 350 words along with a brief narrative bio (not exceeding 150 words) are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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