CFP: The Machine and the Modern Subject (9/15/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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"The Machine and the Modern Subject"

Conference: The Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 2006 Conference
Deadline for submitting proposal: 9/15/05

>From the Classical Age to the age of mechanical reproduction, philosophical and
literary representations of the machine tell the story of an accelerating
progress in science, and of man's expanding empire into every part of the
natural world -- but they also read as a genealogy and blueprint for the modern
subject. In this panel, we will be taking a cross-disciplinary approach to the
question of technology and the modern subject, examining literary,
philosophical and artistic representations of machines since the 17th century
that give insight into the mechanisms of subjectivity. Possible topics include,
but are not limited to: "decay of the aura"; discourse as production; the
organism and the mechanism; theatrical machinery and state power; gender and
the machine; bio-power and empire; and the technology of surveillance. Papers
on specific technologies are encouraged. Send 300 to 400-word abstracts to
Peter Gaffney ( no later than September 15.

The 2006 Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference is March 2 - 5
in Philadelphia.

NEMLA is an organization for its members. All potential participants in the
convention are asked to be current in the NEMLA dues by October 15, 2005. If
you are a paid member for the 2004-05 year, you will not need to renew your
membership until December 1, 2005; however, any non-members applying to be on a
panel need to become members by October 15, 2005.

Go to the NEMLA webpage ( to see more information and
guidelines for the 2006 Conference.

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