UPDATE: Making Friendship: Bonds, Boundaries, Becomings (grad) (1/15/06; 4/6/06-4/8/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Making Friendship Conference

Please note: the due date has been extended from Dec. 31st, 2005 to Jan.
15th, 2006. Also, please see our website at:
NYU Graduate Student Conference
Sponsored by the deparments of Comparative Literature and German

Making Friendship: Bonds, Boundaries, Becomings
April 6-8, 2006

The conference topic, "Making Friendship: Bonds, Boundaries, Becomings,"
seeks to explore the notion of friendship in its various conceptualizations
and codifications, both throughout history and in the present. We emphasize
the idea of friendship as a terrain of constant negotiation, and as a mode
of relation with a plurality of meanings and implications. It appears
particularly urgent to interrogate the concept of friendship in an age of
war, humanitarian crises, and conflicts, as well as professional
specialization and the fragmentation of fields of knowledge. The conference
seeks to elaborate upon these diverse conceptualizations and stratification=
of friendship, from the Greek concept of "philia" (that necessarily
accompanies all pursuit of knowledge) to the politics and economy of
friendship, the friend/enemy distinction, and potential ways of
constructing, thinking about, or mobilizing friendship in the present.
Proposals may address, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

   - textual representations of friendship
   - friendship and cultural imagery
   - friendship and conceptions of the subject
   - "un/friendly
   - texts, inter-textual conversations
   - the (implicit) reader: complicity and friendship
   - friendship and eros/desire
   - friendship and politics/economy
   - friendship and strategies of exclusion
   - friendship and the Other
   - friendship as contract or gift
   - friendship and mourning
   - friendship, trust and betrayal
   - friendship and the collective production of truth
   - virtual friendship
   - friendship and academia
   - implications of friendship in a capitalist system
   - friendship and war
   - friendship and (mono)linguistic nationalisms
   - friendship and reconciliation.

Papers should be 20 minutes long. Please send abstracts (300 words) with
full name, paper title, and institution (use "Making Friendship" in the
subject line) by December 31, 2005 to makingfriendship_at_gmail.com. Selected
participants will be notified on or before Febuary 8, 2006.

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