Violence and Represention

full name / name of organization: 
ACLA 2012 Convention
contact email: 
jaclynsi@usc.edu, rawi@usc.edu

Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.

The themes these papers would manage might include but are certainly not limited to:
•state-sponsored violence; violence and temporality;
•violence and memory; the sacred and the profane;
•performance of violence;
•violence as a language; self-mutilation;
•violence and the market;
•translation and adaptation;
•iconoclasm;
•censorship and taboo;
•lexical violence;
•spectacle and public death;
•race and the body;
•violence and the subaltern.

These papers might address the following questions:
•What is lost in the literary or cinematic translation of violent acts and what are the ethical and political implications of that loss?
•What are the anxieties between the collective and individual memory of trauma?
•What is at stake in a poetics of violence?
•How might conceptions of the body and “truth” influence violent acts, and how might those representations themselves enact violence?
•What is produced and/or effaced in rituals of violence?

If you are interested in participating in the panel, please submit a 250-300wprd abstract to the committee.

Deadline for submission is Nov. 15

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the seminar organizers.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
romantic
science_and_culture
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian