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[UPDATE] Deferral, Discipline, Knowledge, Victoria BC, June 19-22, 2014
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Generative Anthropology Society & Conference
Deferral, Discipline, Knowledge
Victoria, BC, Canada, June 19-22, 2014
Eric Gans and Raymond Tallis
Eric Gans is Professor of French at UCLA and has written eight books on Generative Anthropology. He claims that those categories deemed fundamental to humanistic inquiry must be traceable to their appearance in the “originary scene” of human culture. Gans will kick off our
Call for Papers:
Our conference thematic is deferral/discipline/ knowledge. Critical objectivity and self-reflection are necessary for innovation and renewal across the disciplines. Yet only in the humanities does the idea of self-reflection coincide with the origin of one’s disciplinary object. Humanists study texts, and the text is structured by the differentiation and deferral of symbolic signs, a process Jacques Derrida, in his early seminal work, attempted to analyze under the rubric of a “grammatology.” Deferral is also where deconstruction overlaps with Eric Gans’s originary hypothesis, which views representation as the deferral of violence, and the first symbolic sign as an aborted gesture of appropriation. Deferral, meanwhile, is the basis of any discipline, whether by discipline we mean a shared object and vocabulary of inquiry, or a mode of self- or other-regulation. We are seeking papers that examine the general theme of deferral and discipline within the context of human knowledge, knowledge-making, and knowledge-events,thereby focusing on the task of theory, the role of the academy, and the responsibilities of pedagogy. We will consider as many dimensions as possible, including but not limited to:
• deferral in moral and ethical theory
We welcome papers from those familiar with Generative Anthropology (GA) as well as those new to it; those friendly to GA as well as those critical of it. We would especially welcome papers which explore, expand, question, re-situate or refute Gans’s claim that “representation is the deferral of violence,” and the consequent claim that this understanding of representation is the proper basis for humanistic knowledge and inquiry.
Contact Information and Deadline:
Further conference details are available at http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu. A brief introduction to Generative Anthropology, the online journal Anthropoetics, and a bibliography are also to be found at this site. Proposals for papers of 20 minutes should be sent by attachment in MS-Word to: Professor Richard van Oort, Department of English, University of Victoria, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: March 1, 2014.
GASC Student Award:
Students are invited to apply for the annual GASC Student Award (value, approx. $500). For details, contact Professor Ian Dennis, Secretary-Treasurer of the Generative Anthropology Society & Conference, at email@example.com. Deadline: February 1, 2014.
GASC 2014 is sponsored by the Faculty of Humanities and the English Department at the University of Victoria, and by the Faculty of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.