BIRTH STUDIES AREA MPCA/ACA Oct. 3-5, 2014 (deadline extended, May 15)

full name / name of organization: 
Todd A. Comer, Defiance College
contact email: 
proftod@gmail.com

2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
October 3-5, 2014
Indianapolis, IN, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Papers and panel proposals focused around the cultural framing or representation (in comics, film, literature, religious and medical practices, etc.) of birth or the birthing process are welcome. I welcome any theoretical or critical approaches that address birth (understood broadly). Having said that, here is a particular issue of interest:

Jean Luc Nancy writes of how birth is in “excess of representation.” Knowledge and the subject which is concomitant with it, he explains, cannot know its birth. He writes, “[a]lready Hegel grasps essential knowledge—which will engender absolute knowledge--as this movement of arising and negating any representation given with this rising, as well as any representation of this rising.” At the moment of the presence of knowledge, the subject immediately loses knowledge of that which made its presence present.

How do we at this particular neoliberal moment approach birth? Does culture, to follow Nancy, simply negate birth or does it release us to confront birth in all of its hybrid, contingent glory? What are the political, aesthetic, ontological, or ethical consequences of the negation, or unveiling of birth?

Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Birth Studies to the Birth Studies area at the following web page: http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.

Any questions? Please email Todd Comer at proftod@gmail.com

More information about the conference can be found at http://www.mpcaaca.org/

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: http://mpcaaca.org/conference/travel-grants/.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian