En Route to a Nueva Movida: (dis)junctions 2011

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Graduate Department of English, University of California, Riverside

En Route to a Nueva Movida: (dis)junctions 2011
Fomenting (Dis)sidence in an Era of (Dis)semblance and (Dis)integration
University of California, Riverside
April 1-2, 2011

Keynote: Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Abstracts due: February 18, 2011
Email: disjunctions2011@gmail.com

For (dis)junctions 2011, we are seeking papers that explore the ways in which oppression, violence, and asymmetrical hierarchies of power are invisibilized and covered over in our particular historical moment. In this, the dawn of a new decade in the twenty-first century, how do settler-colonialist and white-supremacist, sexist and homophobic, elitist and able-ist logics become entrenched, revitalized, and renewed within American discourses of change, choice, color-blindness, tolerance, and inclusion? How are previous (that is, pre-twentieth century) systems, scripts, and conventions of privilege, ownership, and individual rights perpetually reconstituted and naturalized in this era? What "ideals" do contemporary national and international exchanges around marriage, family, belonging, and citizenship reflect and reinforce? Moreover, how are rhetoric(s) of dissemblance enriched and enhanced in the national imaginary via cultural production including media, literature, and art?

Unconditionally, a necessary counterpart to these meditations must in turn be how we—those inside and outside of the academy—stage interventions and productive dissent, a nueva movida, amidst this alarming cultural politics. (dis)junctions 2011 constitutes a safe, albeit insurgent space in which to theorize and to strategize our particular accountability and responsibility as students, instructors and mentors, community activists, and leaders, not to reify racist and sexist practices as absolute, but to problematize ideologies which pivot upon difference in favor of those which enable agency. How and why must we pro-actively confront and engage, rather than merely shelter ourselves and our communities from widespread affronts from the banning of Raza and Ethnic Studies Programs to the ravages of teen violence and suicide? How should our responses evolve as modes of subjection and domination become increasingly more subtle and insidious?

Panel topics may include, but are by no means limited to: the policing of academic spaces; legacies of enslavement and dynamics of colonization; the interpenetration of family and nation; family as homophobic institution; immigration; literature ("minority discourses," children's literature, etc.); the prison industrial complex; Oscar Grant; color-blindness and "post-raciality"; nativism, xenophobia, and eugenicist thought; "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; the medicalization of queerness; globalization and international politics; mobilizing and problematizing Foucaultian theories of modern power; hierarchies of oppression; the politics of coalition building; "objectivity" and experimentation in the medicojuridical complex; indigeneity and trauma; genocide and femicide; stereotypes and censorship in marketing, advertising, television, film, and music; class and identity politics; technology, social networking, and blogging; the Protestant Ethic and neoliberalism; paternalism and maternalism; Enlightenment notions of progress and democracy; laziness/idleness as racialized tropes.

(dis)junctions 2011 welcomes papers from all relevant disciplines inside and outside of the Humanities. Participants may submit to a specific panel or in response to the general call for papers. Traditional genre and period-related papers, as well as creative writing, spoken word, dance pieces, and installation artwork are highly encouraged. Please look for additional panel-specific Calls for Papers in the weeks to come. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be emailed to Disjunctions2011@gmail.com by February 18, 2011. Please note any A/V needs you may have at that time. We can obtain VCRs, DVDs, and projectors for laptops. Less standard equipment is possible (although not guaranteed) upon request.