Negotiating the Gaze_Friday, April 15, 2011

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Claremont Graduate University, Cultural Studies Student Executive Committee, School of Arts and Humanities
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Spring 2011 Cultural Studies Conference at CGU

Call for Proposals:

Graduate student researchers and artists, as well as emerging and experienced scholars and artists, are invited to attend the second annual Cultural Studies Conference, Negotiating the Gaze, Friday, April 15, 2011 at Claremont Graduate University.

The focus of this trans-disciplinary conference is voyeurism, spectatorship and the gaze. In addition to paper presentations, the conference is seeking submissions of artwork.

Theorists whose work may apply to the theme of this conference include, but are not limited to, Lacan, Freud and Mulvey.

Proposals from a variety of disciplines will be considered. For example, we will consider proposals from the fields of literature, religion, philosophy, feminist studies, psychology, history, economics, marketing, gender studies, ethnic studies, media, cinema, pop culture, and cultural studies.

The CFP deadline is Midnight, Sunday, January 9th, 2011.

Conference presenters will be contacted at the end of February, at the conclusion of the abstract review and selection process.

Guidelines for Abstracts and Artists' Statements:

Artists are asked to submit a 250-to-450-word statement relating their art to the conference theme, plus no more than 15 slides in jpeg to The deadline is Midnight, Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Scholars are invited to submit conference abstracts, of no more than 500 words, no later than Midnight, Sunday, January 9, 2011. Please e-mail abstracts to:

Please e-mail Ms. Hampson with any inquiries.

Note, all submissions must have contact information. Although the conference committee will review abstracts through a blind-submission process, any submission without contact information will be discarded.

About the Conference:

This day-long conference will investigate the structure of and response to the gaze, the role that alterity and motive play in subverting the power of the gaze and the circulation of power surrounding the return of the gaze.

The conference organizers suggest that spectatorship and voyeurism are topics often associated with cinema and photography, but spectatorship may also transcend the boundaries of cinema and photography to include such topics as space, time, ability, gender, performance, ethnicity, sexual orientation and politics.

Questions We Seek to Explore at this Conference:

How can we transform our response to the gaze? How does the gaze affect our notions of the contingent relationships contained within and without space? How are human, and presumably non-human, subjects regulated within different social spaces? How can we create alternatives to dominant institutions?

Conference Sponsor:

The Cultural Studies Student Executive Committee of the School of Arts and Humanities sponsors this interdisciplinary event.

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