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[EXTENDED DEADLINE, MARCH 11, 2013] CFP: “Papers, Please”: Knowledge at the Borders of Disciplinarity
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Humanities Graduate Student Conference -York University
“Papers, Please”: Knowledge at the Borders
Graduate Student Conference
Our work in the Humanities brings us into contact with implicit and explicit bodies of knowledge, each of which has its own history, limitations and boundaries. We would like to consider the relationship between knowledge and the (disciplinary) context in which it is produced and to explore the limits, boundaries and possibilities of academic research—research which increasingly necessitates moving between disciplines, whether to forge connections or drive more rigorous distinctions between them. Consider, for example, the overlapping of philosophy and neuroscience (Slavoj Žižek, Thomas Metzinger, Antonio Damasio, Daniel Dennett); philosophy and neurobiology (Catherine Malibou); philosophy, mathematics, and social theory (Alain Badiou); linguistics and psychology (Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, Roman Jakobson); ethnography and linguistics (Claude Lévi-Strauss); postcolonial studies (Edward Said, Arjun Appadurai, Bill Ashcroft); anthropology and history (Michel Foucault), etc. The major questions that guide this inquiry include: what does it mean to work inside and outside an academic discipline? How do their assumptions inform and limit our subjects of research, and to what extent do research subjects themselves define the parameters according to which they are studied?
The Conference Committee invites submissions of 250-350 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4, 2013. Submissions in English and French are welcome. Abstracts may be in Word or PDF format and should include, along with the abstract, a proposed title, the author’s name, affiliation, email address, and a short biographical statement (max. 50 words). Contributors should anticipate giving a 20-min. presentation.