CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Desire, Praxis and the Common(s) Grad Student Conference

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Erin Barrett
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Desire, Praxis and the Common(s)
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference
Binghamton University
November 7th & 8th 2008

Praxis and Desire both necessitate a locus: be it historical, cultural, geographic, corporeal,
temporal, economic, intellectual. Praxis – concieved as an activity which necessarily entails a
mode of creativity with the aim of political and social innovation – has a dynamic relation to
desire. Desire conceived alternately as lack, affirmation, plenitude. Praxis implicates desire;
desire implicates praxis. The immediate relationality of Desire is differentially mobilized by
diverse theoretical camps (psychoanalysis, Marxism, post-structuralism, queer/gender theory).
We seek papers concerning the relation between praxis, desire, commons, from such fields as
history, sociology, english, comparative literature, philosophy, geography, anthropology, cultural
studies, art history, sexuality and gender studies, translation studies, media studies,
environmental studies and any other relevant fields.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

History of the commons
Production and desire
Alterity and the Commons
Communal Desire
Tension between desire and praxis
Resource and production
Environment and human activity
Practice and poesis
Communal Praxis
General intellect
Intellectual Production

Send abstracts to by September 7, 2008

You will receive a response no later than September 15, 2008

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