Craft Critique Culture: (Mis)Leading (April 4-5, 2014: Iowa City, Iowa)

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Annmarie Steffes/Miriam Janechek (University of Iowa)
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14th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Student Conference: Mis(Leading)

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.

Call For Presentations:
This conference is interested in where the stories we tell lead, or how we attempt to lead an audience toward a particular destination. We welcome papers from all disciplines which are interested in the moment where cultural artifacts either intentionally lead us astray or we ourselves lead these artifacts down paths never intended. These cultural artifacts include myths, written texts, visual arts, political discourse, public policy, and physical spaces to name a few. This conference will not only investigate how leading/misleading can be a place of critique, but also a place of understanding. By investigating cultural artifacts, we can more fully consider how we craft narratives, how we both as authors and audience perform, and how we communicate these experiences. Ultimately, this conference aims to open a space for discourse about otherwise misleading cultural experiences.

Presentations, papers, reports, performances, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

-Alternative words and themes to consider: propaganda, misreading, misinformation, misinterpretation, misplaced, illusion, manipulation

Suggested topics:
-Investment in encouraging or preventing misleading in art, text, education, politics, science, historical narratives, scientific methods, behavioral investigation, theater arts
-Local, national, and global rhetoric/texts/interaction
-Performance as leading/misleading: audience interpretation, authorial intent and/or practice, physical space
-Performativity awareness in theater, arts, politics, education
-Narratives of childhood that lead to educational practice, public policy, political discourse, and/or textual interpretation
-How media, specifically digital discourse, misleads or affects information dissemination
-How we navigate translations, both across media and/or language
-How environments and/or biology lead us to understand ourselves/families/local community/culture; childhood studies, educational practice, political discourse, textual studies, historical narratives, behavioral science, nature vs. nurture
-How science leads cultural practice, political discourse, personal identity, narrative of family and/or self
-How discourses lead and/or mislead depending on age, sex, race, religious belief, gender, class, and/or physical experience
-How space leads; maps, digital interface
-How public discourse affects politics, education, public spaces, and/or the individual
-How misleading leads to being misplaced, or a feeling of belonging/displacement
-How individuals and people are led across physical space, and how those people interpret this movement, particularly people of Diasporas
-Authorial intent and/or reader response: art, theater, texts
-Deliberate manipulation of audience: performance art, theater, politics, educational practice, art, myths, magic, fantasy, science fiction, genre generally
-How cultural myths, ideology, and/or religious beliefs lead to identity
-How religious beliefs and/or practice lead to individual identity and/or/versus group identity
-How texts lead: book arts, marginalia, the book as artifact, narrative studies
-How theory and/or critical thinking affects interpretation and/or understanding
-How cultural institutions develop, foster, and/or lead us to personal identity and/or affiliation


What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday, December 6, 2013. Please email all submissions to Abstracts must include: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in program, c) email address, d) title. Accepted papers will be notified by January 31, 2014. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week, please resend your proposal.
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