CFP: Objections to Objects (6/1/07; ICR, 10/18/07-10/21/07)

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Sheila Spector
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Special Session: Objections to Objects=0D=0A=0D=0AAs indicated by the =
topic of the 2007 ICR conference, Romantic Objects, objects were very =
important in the post-Enlightenment era, advances in science, technolo=
gy and psychology yielding a greater focus on material culture, includ=
ing objects like the body, goals and pursuits in this world, nationali=
sm and the like. Still, there were those who, like Blake, believed tha=
t "Corporeal Friends are Spiritual Enemies," and therefore objected to=
 what they considered to be a misplaced emphasis on objects. In their =
defense, I am soliciting papers for what might be viewed as an antithe=
tical special session, Objections to Objects, to consider reactions ag=
ainst the growing emphasis on objects during the period. Subjects coul=
d question some of the conference topics, such as - =0D=0A=0D=0A * The=
 body versus soul as an object of desire, value, exchange=0D=0A * Mate=
rial versus spiritual aims, goals, pursuits and projects=0D=0A * Imagi=
nary objects versus spiritual ideals=0D=0A=0D=0AApproaching the topic =
in more depth, other submissions might deal with the objecting mind-se=
t, considering some of the psychological, religious, sociological, pol=
itical or cultural reasons why contrarians like Blake might object to =
objects.=0D=0A=0D=0ASend 500-word abstracts by June 1 to Sheila Specto=
r (<about:blank>).=0D=0A=

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