CFP: Against Embodiment (or, Embodiment and its Discontents) (3/15/07; 11/1/07-11/4/07)

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Bernard Michael Dionysius Geoghegan

Hi folks,

Please consider this CFP, and forward it to anyone interested.
Deadline is March 15th. Thank you.

Conference Panel Call for Papers:
Against Embodiment (or, Embodiment and its Discontents)
21st Annual Conference for the Society for Literature,
     Science and the Arts
November 1 – November 4, 2007
Portland, Maine, USA

This panel will consider some of the more nagging questions and
persistent problems raised but unresolved by recent scholarship
on embodiment (e.g. Hansen, Hayles, Massumi, Munster, Sobchack).
Literally meaning "putting into a body from without," em-bodiment
necessarily operates against and through materials that are not its own.
Embodiment requires historical contexts for its actualization. Experiences,
performances, and concepts of embodiment derive from already
historical, marked, contingent bodies. This year's conference theme
"code" – often suggesting the transformation and re-inscription of existing
bodies from one medium into another – reminds us that disembodiment
occupies a prominent place within articulations of embodiment. For these
and other reasons, our panel will consider whether there can be a
meaningful notion of embodiment without something "against

Perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines and methodologies
are welcome. "Embodiment" is not limited to human bodies. Reflections
on political, literary, scientific, celestial and other bodies are encouraged.
Interested participants should submit a short abstract of their paper to
Bernard Geoghegan at b-geoghegan(AT)northwestern(DOT)edu by noon,
March 15th 2007. Scientific and artistic posters, performances, and
exhibitions are equally encouraged and invited. At submitters' request,
any unaccepted papers will be fowarded to the SLSA 2007 general call for

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