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"Contingent Communities" (U of M, Fall '10)
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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
“Contingent Communities” (2010)
Keynote Speakers: Rey Chow and Peter Hitchcock
As many have argued, globalization puts into question the connection between fixed territories and communal identifications. How, then, are we to conceive of community differently? This conference takes as its starting point the insufficiency of traditional identifications of class, gender, race, and nation for navigating the complexities of contemporary life. It addresses the persistence of practices of thinking and living beyond notions of essential identity and fixed boundaries that nonetheless insist on the necessity of “community” as an idea by which to understand contemporary modes of association. Our conference seeks to combine the recent theoretical conversations interested in excavating and rethinking the philosophical and political tradition of community under conditions of late-capitalism and globalization, and the focus of literary theory and cultural studies on contemporary practices of global association (planetary literature and film, networks of migration, non-essentialist theories of race, class, sex/gender, interdisciplinarity, etc.). In other words, we are interested in work that raises the possibility of thinking the fact of non-essential and global linkages under the sign of community.
We seek papers that move across and between different disciplines, addressing the following questions, as well as related concerns:
Possible paper topics include:
Please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words to UMCSCLconference@gmail.com by 06/31/10. Include your name, e-mail address, brief bio (including school affiliation, position, and research interests), and any audio-visual requirements. Papers should be in English and no more than 20 minutes in length. We are also interested in panel submissions, which should consist of at least three participants and which should include the above information about each participant and a tentative title indicating the theme.