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CFP: "ANIMACY" featuring keynote Mel Y. Chen / February 20-22 2014
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Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) / University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Keynote Speaker: Mel Y Chen, UC Berkeley, author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) 2014 invites submissions across disciplines and fields that engage with the idea of “ANIMACY” in culture and theory. Derived from linguistics, “animacy” is the condition of being alive or animate, and serves in grammar as a way to classify or rank words on this basis (OED). Yet the rich and overlapping senses of “animacy”, e.g. animate, animation, animus, and animal, reveal the term to more broadly encompass notions of agency, expressivity, sentience, cognizance, and mobility. These notions are often categorized hierarchically, and are saturated with social, cultural, and political implications. Animacy is being increasingly invoked in contemporary discourses of posthumanist and nonhumanist theory, critical ethnic studies, affect theory, object-oriented ontology, queer theory, disability studies, animal studies, eco-criticism, etc. Animacy is a way of troubling the binary of animate vs. inanimate, and instead suggests a more complex system of inter-relatedness between things.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
-Theories of animality and animal studies
Please email 300-word submissions for individual papers, panels, roundtables, or other formats to: firstname.lastname@example.org by November 20th, 2013. In your submission, please include a title, institutional affiliation, department, and whether you are a MA or PhD student.
The ninth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference is supported by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the department of English, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.