CFP: Privacy (9/20/05; 3/9/06-3/11/06)

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PRIVACY (and Secrecy)
-- the 15th annual Cultural Studies Conference at Kansas State

March 9-11, 2006

Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Conference Description:

We invite examinations of the wide range of issues, theories, and
histories that circulate around privacy as a contested term and
cultural idea(l). The notion of the private self undergirds our
understandings of literacy, knowledge, communication, and identity.
In the United States, the crisis of privacy currently serves as the
nexus for the contentious discourses of =93American=94 and =93un-American=94=
values, even as the private domain increasingly comes under legislative
control through mechanisms such as the =93Marriage Amendments=94 being
ratified in many states.

We hope to attract a diverse range of inquiries, methods, textual
analyses, and historical perspectives that problematize the cultural
terrain of privacy and its emergence as a powerful metanarrative =96 one
championed as a universal, quasi-natural right, and yet one firmly
linked to capitalist ideologies of the individual and private property.

  Additionally, we encourage proposals that examine the equally powerful
histories of illuminating the =91private=92 individual as a subject of
the State by surveillance, observation, and other mechanisms of control.

We especially encourage presentations that interrogate how women and
members of other historically marginalized groups have formulated
alternative conceptions of privacy or navigated their exclusion from
the =93rights=94 of privacy.

Keynote Speakers:

=95 George Chauncey, social and cultural historian; author of Why
Marriage? The History Shaping Today=92s Debate over Gay Equality (2004)
and Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay
Male World, 1890-1940 (1994)
=95 Susan Hahn, poet, playwright, and editor of TriQuarterly; author
of six books of poetry, including Self/Pity (2005), Holiday (2001), and
Confession (1997)

Send one-page abstracts to Michele Janette, Director, Program in
Cultural Studies, English Department, Kansas State University, 108 E/CS
Building, Manhattan, KS 66506-6501. Email abstracts also encouraged:

Deadline: September 20, 2005

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