CFP: Cultures of Violence (12/30/06; 3/9/07-3/10/07)

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Cultures OfViolence



Graduate Student Conference

March 9 – 10, 2007

Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature

University of California, Irvine


The Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine is pleased to
announce "Cultures of Violence," a graduate student conference
featuring a reading by internationally acclaimed author Ngugi wa
Thiong'o. This interdisciplinary event will attempt to examine
different forms of violence—be they physical, psychological,
institutional, technological, critical, or representational—as well as
their relation to globally and historically situated conflicts that
have taken place around and through various concepts of culture.
Diverse thinkers, critics, writers, and artists have worked toward
critiques of violence, exploring the uses of violence and the means by
which it is mobilized in order to produce particular social,
political, and textual effects. Some of this creative and theoretical
work represents an effort to productively work through acts of
systemic violence. In this critical tradition, this conference is
being organized to come to grips with the deployment and dissemination
of violence in our current times. We welcome all submissions for
papers or organized panels, including those which concern literature,
film and new media, critical theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy,
political theory, queer and gender studies, critical race studies,
diaspora and transnational studies, cultural studies, contemporary pop
culture, etc.

Thematic considerations may include, but are not limited to:

• The aestheticization or representation of violence: including
literary, filmic, or other forms of narrative and non-narrative

• The politicization of violence, state-controlled and sanctioned
violence, counter-state violence, and the question of legitimization

• Institutional or systemic violence

• Revolution and counter-revolution

• Violence and the body

• Technologies of violence

• Violence and its relation to the production/enforcement of race and
gender (both at the level of the subject and at the level of social

• The friction of cultural contact and its forms of violence

• The politics of translation as a violent act

Please send paper abstracts of a maximum of 500 words and proposals
for panel discussions to by December 30,
2006. Questions may also be sent to the same address.

Additional keynote speakers will be announced.

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