Conference in progress.

full name / name of organization: 
NYU Department of French, Graduate Student Association
contact email: 
conferenceinprogress@gmail.com



The Conference, both a space and a genre, is a staple of academic practice. To participate in a conference is not only to share work with one’s peers, it is also always a performance. As a specific kind of social and intellectual interaction, it is both a gathering and a workshop; the format is both familiar and obligatory, bordering on ritual. Obscure yet inevitable, exclusive yet struggling for wide relevance, the conference is an event that can serve as a locus of interrogation of academic themes and academia more broadly.



Academic jobs are few; Wall Street is occupied. We find it necessary both intellectually and politically to question what happens when and where we speak. Beyond simple self-reflexivity or mise en abyme, we aim to stage a conference on conference. How is it a specific space and event? How do we conference, why do we conference? What reflex is behind this ritual; what gestures does it convey, omit or repress? Who belongs at a conference, and to whom does a conference speak?



To reflect the seriousness of our purpose, instead of simply parodying a conference, we wish to incite new considerations on the Conference through new forms. To this end, we welcome project proposals that address a vast and enormous range of subjects, in imaginative and multitudinous forms. These could include, but are not limited to: papers, workshops, posters, reenactments, pecha kucha, PowerPoint, panel discussions, roundtables, short films, alternative media, seminars, Socratic dialogue, etc.



Please submit project proposals to conferenceinprogress@gmail.com by January 1, 2012. Each proposal should clearly state what you want to do and how you want to do it; presenters will be chosen based on coherence of content with form. The form of the conference will thus depend on the projects proposed, and on our work together.



In the course of our brainstorming, these words were mentioned:

humor – performance – prendre la parole – audience – panel – keynote – call – time – space – roundtable – accepting – rejecting – questions – opening remarks – boredom – frustration – tension – listening to yourself speak – nervousness – arousal – response – stage fright – intellectuals on vacation – professionalism – conference center – conference call – accent – language – translation – titles – format – idea fair – workshop – se montreracte – reading out loud – technology – coffee break – risk – banquet – reflexivity – networking – “meta” – événement – presenting – moderating – moderation – expose – exposé – presence – “giving” a paper – speech acts

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