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"WHOLE WORLDS: SYSTEMS OF AFFECT, CAPITAL, AESTHETICS" (Annual Graduate Conference, UChicago English) -- due November 1, 2013
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University of Chicago Department of English
Call for Proposals for the Annual Graduate Student Colloquium of the University of Chicago Department of English:
WHOLE WORLDS: SYSTEMS OF AFFECT, CAPITAL, AESTHETICS
February 13-14, 2014
Literary and cultural study have developed overlapping vocabularies to triangulate “worlds” on multiple scales: psychoanalytic worlds invested in the labor of repair, the sociocultural worlds of artistic and political community apprehending a space for multiplicity to endure, and global worlds of transnational capital that totalize the capture of exchange. With so many worlds, is there a whole world or a world that is whole? What marks off a space as a world and what mechanisms mediate between a world and its own sense of wholeness? What are the parts that compose a whole world or the procedures that give to a world the fantasy of wholeness? What is the place of art-objects in developing and sustaining worlds and in what ways do worlds either totalize or resist closure?
The University of Chicago Department of English invites graduate student proposals for conference papers at the intersections of affective, political, and aesthetic theories under the concepts of wholeness and worlds. Possible paper topics may focalize literary or cultural texts from any period and may engage in conversations with such fields and subjects as:
• psychoanalysis and the management of part- and whole- objects;
Submit 250-300 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1. Please include a brief academic biography. Presentations will be about 20 minutes in length (approx. 8-10 double spaced pages).