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Undoing Health: States of Body and Mind
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Indiana University Dept. of English Graduate Student Conference with keynote Dr. Rachel Adams
Indiana University Graduate Conference: “Undoing Health: States of Body and Mind” with Keynote Dr. Rachel Adams
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, entitled “Undoing Health: States of Body and Mind” to be held at Indiana University – Bloomington, March 27-29, 2014. Join us for our 12th annual conference, hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English. We are pleased to host Dr. Rachel Adams (Columbia University) as our keynote speaker this year. Dr. Adams is a writer and professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America and most recently, Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery.
“Undoing Health” aims to bring together the resonant fields of illness and disability studies, medical humanities, public health, posthumanisms, and biopolitical theory to further an understanding of what we consider “healthy” and “unhealthy.” How can we responsibly challenge static conceptions of health, wellness, and able-bodiedness? How do we come to “care” for vulnerable populations? What are the forms through which we understand our minds and bodies in states of wellness and disorder? How do we resist pathologies without reifying them? Can we engage the fleshliness of the material body in light of the disappearing subject? What are the life and death politics of sovereignty and governmentality and the ethics of how we understand animal and inanimate forms of life? As an interdisciplinary conference, “Undoing Health” hopes to host a lively and collegial forum where these strands of thought can share methodologies, ethical concerns, and disciplinary priorities across time periods.
We invite proposals for individual papers as well as panels organized by topic. We also welcome the interaction of scholarly and creative work within papers or panels. Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by December 16th, 2013, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at http://iugradconference.wordpress.com/cfp/. Below are some suggestions for possible topics. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope these ideas might inspire some exciting new thoughts related to the conference theme:
· Illness and Disability Studies
· Biopolitics and biopower
· Politics of Public Health both Now and Then
· Ethics of Care
· Forms of health