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CFP: Madness - Probing the Boundaries (September, 2011; Oxford, United Kingdom)
full name / name of organization:
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net
4th Global Conference
Tuesday 27th September – Thursday 29th September 2011
This inter-disciplinary research conference seeks to explore issues of madness across historical periods and within cultural, political and social contexts. We are also interested in exploring the place of madness in persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand the place of madness in the constitution of persons, relationships and the complex interlacing of self and other.
In particular papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panel proposals are invited on any of the following themes:
1. The Value of Madness or Why is it that We Need Madness?
2. The Passion of Madness or Madness and the Emotions
3. The Boundaries of Madness or Resisting Normality
4. Lunatics and the Asylum or Power and the Politics of Madness
5. Creativity, Critique and Cutting Edge
6. Unrestrained and Boundless or The Liberating Promise of Madness
7. Lessons for Self and Other or Lessons for Life about and from Madness
Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.
The 2011 meeting of Madness will run alongside the third of our projects on Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers or panels considering the problems or addressing issues that cross both projects.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 25th March 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd July 2011.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
* Gonzalo Araoz
The conference is part of the ‘Making Sense Of:’ series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.
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