CFP: Theoretical Parody (grad) (2/10/06; (dis)junctions, 4/7/06-4/8/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Spies

(dis)junctions: lost in translation
April 7-8, 2006

You could say it began with the Postmodern Pooh. Or maybe it began even
earlier, as writers and academics grew uncomfortable with the new
theoretical notions developing around them.
But wherever and however this trend began, the postmodern age has seen just
as many works parodying theory and its practitioners as it has innovative
theoretical works themselves.
This panel wishes to examine these parodies in all their forms, seeking to
understand how the process of parody and satire can perhaps help
theoreticians to see beyond their ivory tower and understand the limits of
their own knowledge. Topics include but are not limited to
1.examinations of a single parody (like Postmodern Pooh) – written or visual
– and the theories it parodies
2.examinations of a single theory or school of theory (psychoanalysis, new
media, neo-Marxism, etc.) and how that theoretical practice has been
3.Does parody ever change practice?
4.Reception of parody – reactions from both within and outside the academy
to parody
5.We also are interested in papers and/or creative works that are themselves
parodies of some theoretical concern.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts or excerpts to
by Feb. 10, 2006. Also please include any requests for media.

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