Labyrinths: Navigating Complexity Across the Humanities [February 15-17, 2013]

full name / name of organization: 
McGill University English Graduate Student Association
contact email: 
labyrinths2013@gmail.com

From ancient Greek mythology to cubism, jazz music, and the contemporary puzzle film, labyrinths serve as images for exploring intellectual, affective, and material complexity. This conference will investigate labyrinths from diverse cultural, aesthetic, and theoretical perspectives. Whether literal or figurative, labyrinths are markers of intricacy that can evoke feelings of panic, bewilderment, and failure, or present opportunities for adventure and problem-solving. You might consider the procedural labyrinths that we encounter daily (mass media, bureaucracy, academia), as well as the spatial labyrinths that we inhabit (libraries, hotels, department stores, casinos). This conference asks: How has our understanding of labyrinths as artistic symbols and social realities changed over time? What kinds of human and nonhuman relationships do they mobilize in different contexts? How do we navigate complexity, dead ends, and repetition, in different fields of study?

We invite submissions for individual presentations, panels, and creative projects addressing the concept of labyrinths from any disciplinary perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to:

-labyrinths in literature, performance, film, television, music
-urban/rural planning, urban/rural spaces, architecture
-diaspora, migration, globalization, crowds
-maps, navigation, critical cartography
-underworlds, vaults, catacombs, sewers
-detective plots, espionage, puzzle narratives, trickery
-systems, rhizomes, networks
-games, comics, transmedia stories
-digital labyrinths, big data, social media
-archives, manuscripts, engravings
-complex temporalities, dreamspaces, distorted realities
-lostness/confusion; enlightenment/achievement
-stasis, repetition, cycles, aporias

Please send your 150-word abstract, along with a brief bio, to labyrinths2013@gmail.com by November 15th. More conference details TBA.

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american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
renaissance
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian