CFP: InterDisciplining the Body (grad) (1/21/06; 4/7/06-4/8/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Erika Johnson-Lewis
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Announcing the First Annual InterDisciplines Graduate Student Conference at
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Inter-disciplining the Body

>From fine art, theatre, and literature to communication, biology, and
physics, different discursive practices construct ideas about the body in
dynamic and provocative ways. While resisting the naturalist urge to impose
a "common language" on specific practices, the possibility of finding spaces
of convergence amongst a variety of disciplines and approaches remains a
goal for any scholar interested in interdisciplinary research. The
conference invites academics from the humanities, fine artists, natural
scientists, performers, social scientists, and anyone else interested in
exploring the body in all of its complexities, uncovering disciplinary
assumptions that might inhibit scholarship, and looking for places where
these discourses can inform each other.

Possible topics include, but not limited to:
. Interdisciplined and Punished
. Literary Bodies
. The Construction of the Body through Media
. The Aesthetics of Body Modification
. Humans, Cyborgs, and Robots, oh my!
. The Body in Nature and the 'Nature' of Bodies
. The 'Plastic' Arts: Plastic Surgery and the Reconstruction of the
. Genetics: The Reduction of the Body
. Health Care and Practices
. The Aging Body
. Bodies in Communities

Please submit a 250-word abstract or proposal, CV, and contact information
via email by January 21, 2006 to:


Original Research:
May be from any academic discipline that approaches the "body" through
multiple perspectives, or at least leaves room for such an interpretation to
occur. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract (.doc or .rtf format) and
include any multi-media needs. Panels could potentially be comprised of both
research work and creative projects, as this conference desires to integrate
knowledge in innovative and thought-provoking ways. Submit individually or
as a panel.

Artwork or Performance Proposals:
When submitting a visual artwork, digital artwork or film, send a digital
image, slide, or videotape/DVD documenting the piece. Slides, etc. will
NOT be returned. Please include dimensions, materials, and date and, if
applicable, the running time of any time-based media. Proposals of this
type should include a brief (250 - 300 words) explanation on how it fits in
with a particular theme concerning the body.

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