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What Happens Now? Interdisciplinarity for the Future
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The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2012
What Happens Now?
On February 24-25 2012, graduate students from across academic disciplines will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to query, “What happens now?”
This conference invites contemporary, cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in the humanities, arts, and sciences. We seek to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future.
Beyond encouraging interdisciplinary methodologies, we hope to spark lively critique and debate about temporality and the concept of futurity itself. New technologies create concerns about freedom and privacy, environmental issues loom large, and disparities of equity based on social class, race, and sexual identity mean the future may offer more anxiety than promise. The MIGC will provide a forum in which to question our roles as emerging academics in the context of current and impending global crisis.
We seek submissions of papers and presentations in the following areas:
1) Queering the Future: Critical Issues in Gender and Sexuality Studies
2) The Global Future: Transnationalism, Activism, Politics, and the State
3) The Digital Future: New Media and Emerging Technologies
4) The Future of the Past: New Concepts in Intellectual History
Please specify which panel you would like to contribute to and submit a 250-500 word abstract outlining your work. Submissions should include your name, institutional affiliation, the title of your paper and a 1 page CV.
Travel funds will be available to those traveling to Milwaukee to attend the conference.
The MIGC is co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies.