[UPDATE] Craft Critique Culture: Into the Void, March 29-30, 2013

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The 13th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
"Into the Void"
March 29-30, 2012
University of Iowa

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 8, 2013***

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But in the midst of the long row there hangs a canvas which differs from the others. . . . on this one plate no name is inscribed, and the linen within the frame is snow-white from corner to corner, a blank page.
— Isak Dinesen, "The Blank Page"

As an interdisciplinary conference, CCC itself enters into the void between disciplines. We seek papers from the broadest variety of fields (English, philosophy, history, law, classical studies, anthropology, art, sociology, theater, political science, psychology, etc.), from the full range of approaches and time periods, as well as work that is itself interdisciplinary (cultural studies, book history, religious studies, bioethics and humanities, media studies, digital humanities, etc.). We want to hear about the voids you encounter in literature, art, culture, and even the sciences. Voids can be frightening areas of the unknown, the empty, the uncharted, but as such they can also be spaces for incredible opportunity and discovery.

The word "void" is both spatial and conceptual. As a noun, it can signify a blank page, an empty room, or ineffective speech; as a verb, it can render vacant, exhaust a subject, nullify or annul. The void is gap, absence, lack—but also possibility, purity, and potential. How is the void figured in art, music, literature, and film? Is there an aesthetic of the void? A language of the void? How does the artist or author negotiate the void? How does the audience or reader negotiate it? How is the void made productive? How does encountering the void affect/alter identity? How are voids deployed in order to manipulate or appease?

Topics could include:
− Blank spaces in works of literature, film, art, etc.
− Opportunity created by a void
− Concepts of "impossible speech"
− Performing the void
− Voids in translation
− Identity voids
− Spatial voids
− Poetics of the void
− Anxiety of the void
− Geographical voids
− Ethics of the void
− Ellipsis
− Liminality
− Marginality
− Politics and the void
− Anything related to gaps, spaces, fissures, emptiness, holes, darkness, blankness, unboundedness, openness, etc.

Craft Critique Culture is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. We invite the submission of critical, theoretical, and original creative work in a variety of media and across the humanities, sciences, and legal disciplines. In the past, submissions have included not only traditional scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and artists' books, and performance. There are all kinds of voids to explore, in all kinds of ways.

Jonathan Sawday - Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair in the Humanities and chairperson of the English department at St. Louis University, Dr. Sawday is a cultural historian whose work focuses on the intersection between science, technology, and literature particularly (but not exclusively) in the early modern period. He is the author of _The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture_ and _Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine_.
Matthew Brown - Dr. Brown is a University of Iowa professor with joint appointment in the English department and the Center for the Book. His research interests include the history of readership and the literary culture and readership habits of colonial and early national America. Dr. Brown's first book is _The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England_, and he is at work on a second, _The Novel and the Blank_.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 350 words. Full panels (featuring three papers) may also be proposed. Each panel proposal should consist of three abstracts and a brief explanation of the panel's purpose and relevance to the conference. Each panel submission should total no more than 1,000 words. Please include name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), street address, telephone number, and email address on all abstracts and proposals. Please submit all paper abstracts or panel proposals to Craft Critique Culture, studorg-c3conf@uiowa.edu. Submission deadline is February 8, 2013.