CFP: [Graduate] Gender Reproduction & Culture (11/05/07;04-05-07)

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Dean Allbritton
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Stony Brook University's Manhattan Campus
Saturday, April 5, 2008

"Artificial Reproduction Technologies: Copied Lives, Bodies, Discourse"

Artificial Reproduction Technologies question long-held conceptions of
life, gender and personhood, and offer new possibilities for the creation
of gendered subjectivities and foundations for altering identities.These
technologies are often thought of as limited to the sciences, such as in
reference to cloning or cybernetics, but can also serve to function in
relation to historical, artistic and discursive tools. Artificial
Reproduction Technologies and methodologies make the reproduction,
mimicry, distortion and performance of “real” life possible, while at
times calling the truthfulness of the real into question.

This conference aims to generate an interdisciplinary critical discussion
of the scientific and cultural technologies that are used to create, limit
and empower gendered subjectivities. Papers are invited from all
disciplines and theoretical positions that deal with topics surrounding
the copying of life, bodies and knowledge.

Some suggested topics could include but are not limited to:
ARTs and the Arts
Transgender Subjectivities
Racial, Religious, Gendered and Sexual Passing: Performing Identity
Old Worlds/New Worlds: Colonial Reproduction and Mimicry of Metropolitan
Ways in Which Digital Recording Influences Gendered Voices
Medical Technologies, Cosmetic Surgery
Making Men and Women
When Creation Goes Awry/Technologies of Monstrosity
Possibilities Offered by Virtual and Digital Media
Disability Studies
Born and Made
Truthfulness and Authenticity of Bodies
Ethical Questions Arising From the Reproduction/Representation of Life

Please email your 250-word abstract by November 5, 2007 to:

Thank you,

Dean Allbritton

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