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Postmodern Madness & The Reconstruction of Subjectivities, 1st International Symposium (Angers, France: Thursday 4th to Saturday
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia
International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate
1st International Symposium: Postmodern Madness and The Reconstruction of Subjectivities
Part of the Research Program on: Space, Time and New Technologies of the Self
Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th of September, 2014
Angers, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
Partner: Université Catholique de l’Ouest
Call for Papers
(Abstract Submission Period Opened: Monday 3rd of March, 2014)
This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the links between madness, subjectivity, and postmodern narratives. Or, from a different angle, we seek to investigate the ways postmodern discourses encompass ideals of madness in relation to the construction of subjectivity. Schizophrenia, paranoia, perversion, deviation are often called upon and incorporated in the construction of the postmodern subject. How are these terms used to construct subjectivities in cultures in which anxiety, unreason, and disorder are the norm? How is meaning refashioned to pass from 'clinical abnormality' to forms of social 'normality'? How is this concept employed in constructing the postmodern subject in literature, movies, music, photography, painting, and other forms of art?
The project tries to examine the concept of madness considering how it is linked to expressions of the self in postmodern discourses. Considering its relationship to deviance, difference and discourse, it explores how madness both shapes and is shaped by postmodern narratives and cultural framing.
We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions interested in exploring and explaining these issues in a collective, deliberative and dialogical environment to send presentation proposals that address these general questions or the following themes:
1. Madness, Culture and Crisis
- How is madness defined by and through contemporary culture?
2. The Discourses of Madness
- How has the linguistic shift from madness to mental illness altered our understanding of this experience? What are the benefits and weaknesses of this change in language? Do they refer to the same phenomenon or are they, in fact, different experiences?
3. Representations of Madness
- What are apt metaphors for madness in contemporary culture?
4. Madness and Coherence in Postmodern Cultures
- Can we expect coherence in/from madness? Should we have such expectations?
5. Madness - Traversing Cultures
- From ancient literature to postmodern writing, madness has been a theme in constructing, interpreting and modifying worlds. How are the forms of madness in art and literature dependent of the status of the world and place madness has in the world? How does it become an expression of the world from a form of ‘abnormality’?
If you are interested in participating in this Annual Symposium, submit a 400 to 500 word abstract as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, 31st of July, 2014. (For justifiable cases, we do uphold a tolerance period of fifteen days.)
Please use the following template for your submission:
To submit an abstract online follow these steps:
For every abstract proposal submitted, we acknowledge receipt. If you do not receive a reply from us within three days, you should assume the submission process was not completed successfully. Please try again or contact our technical support for clarifications.
All presentation and paper proposals that address these questions and issues will be fully considered and evaluated. Evaluation of abstract submissions will be ongoing, from the opening date of Monday 3rd of March, 2014. All Prospective Delegates can expect a reply time to their submission of three weeks.
Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper by Thursday 21st of August, 2014. Papers are for a 20 minute presentation, 8 to 10 pages long, double spaced, Times New Roman 12. All papers presented at the symposium are eligible for publication as part of a digital or paperback book.
We invite colleagues and people interested in participating to disseminate this call for papers. Thank you for sharing and cross-listing where and whenever appropriate.
Hope to meet you in Angers!
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