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[UPDATE] Cocktail Culture: A Conference [DEADLINE EXTENDED]
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University of Louisville (KY) and Drake University (IA)
When Roland Barthes suggests that "the ideal drink would be rich in metonymies of all kinds," he might well have been speaking of cocktails and the drinking cultures they have helped to create. Whether in the 19th century saloon, the prohibition speakeasy, or the fictional realms of James Bond and Mad Men, the cocktail has functioned as cultural bellweather for issues of class, taste, and culture. In the last ten years, the so-called Cocktail Revival has produced a host of professional organizations, writings, blogs, and conferences devoted to examining and reviving both the drinks and habits of these earlier cultures. In fact, if this phenomenon suggests anything, it's that the cocktail revival is nothing if not a loquacious movement: Amateur and professional mixologists alike have set about recovering not just the craft of the cocktail, but also its history, philosophy, and culture in print and online.
We invite presentation proposals for a Conference on Cocktail Culture, to be held in Louisville, KY, April 3-5, 2014. The goal of the conference is to investigate the implications--epistemological, ontological, rhetorical, and heuristic--of contemporary cocktail culture. Some key questions for consideration will be: What ways of reading, interpreting, or knowing are made possible by the cocktail? What representational practices are at work in cocktail culture? What kinds of subjectivity, identity, and self-representation does it enable? How does the contemporary cocktail operate as a marker of class, gender, sexuality, race, and region? How might “drinking against the grain” foster subversive or resistant positionalities? When the cocktail speaks, what does it say? What opportunities or constraints does cocktail culture place on language, behavior, and expression?
The conference will be structured around the non-simultaneous, plenary presentation and discussion papers and addresses.
Please send 500-word abstracts and a current curriculum vitae to Craig N. Owens and Stephen Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of proposals will begin on November 15, 2013. We anticipate notification by December 31, 2013.