Mic Check: Resistance and Revolution

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2nd Annual Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tufts University, Medford, MA

Mic Check: Resistance and Revolution
This CFP takes its name from the practice of the Occupy Wall Street movement in which protestors deployed the technique of the human microphone, originally made famous in the United States during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999. Because of legal restrictions on the use of megaphones in New York City, the speaker would say "Mic check," and those within earshot repeated back, "Mic check;" the speaker could then go on with his or her speech. These demonstrations, successful or not, question the expectation to conform to traditional standards and regulations, and brings to mind the adage "well-behaved people rarely make history." As scholars, we are expected to abide by the accepted processes of academia, but some of the greatest artists and thinkers have been described as radicals. How then do we reconcile our own place in "the machine" with the indelible marks left by these rebellious individuals on our various academic disciplines?
For this conference, we invite conversations on politics, activism and resistance from all areas of the humanities. What does it mean to be heard? What does it mean to speak in solidarity? How do "poorly-behaved" thinkers contribute to their own cultural milieus? How does punishment or the possibility of retribution shape the contributions of artists, writers, performers, and the like? Mic Check also welcomes papers that pursue questions of voice and technology, authority and the human: What does it mean to speak up or speak out?
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to James Mulder (jamie.y.mulder@gmail.com) and Megan Stahl (megan.stahl@tufts.edu) by July 1st.