CFP: Cultural Containers / Containment Culture (grad) (4/15/07; SAMLA, 11/9/07-11/11/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Jeremy Justus

CFP: Cultural Containers / Containment Culture (Graduate Student Forum),
(4/15/07 SAMLA, 11/9/07-11/11/07)

In his book Containment Culture, Alan Nadel explores the relationship of
American postmodernism and the pervasive cultural force of Cold War
containment narratives. While the trope of containment continues to
proliferate in contemporary culture, this panel seeks to explore containment
in all of its various historical epochs and cultural manifestations. Some
topics to consider:

• Imprisonment (kidnapping, detainment, camps, etc.)
• Social Institutions (schools, hospitals, monasteries, etc.)
• Identity categories (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.)
• Bodies (corpses, books, the body, etc.)
• Virtual containers (firewalls, social networks such as MySpace, etc.)
• Genres (categories, forms,etc.)
• Death (cemeteries, morgues, urns, sequestration of living and dying, etc.)
• Sites of Preservation (museums, memorials, etc.)
• Artistic Frames (the picturesque, film, book binding, genres, etc.)
• Waste (nuclear fall out, sewage, etc.)
• Diseases (contagions, viruses, etc.)
• Law (policies, mail, national borders etc.)
• Spatial containers (consumer spaces, geographic spaces, ghettos, etc.)

Presentations should run no longer than 20 minutes. Abstracts of no more
than 500 words should be sent to Jeremy Justus ( by
April 15. For more information on the conference, see

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