CFP: [Graduate] Conception and Consumption Graduate Conference for Interdisciplinary Studies

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Conception and Consumption
University of Washington
Graduate Conference for Interdisciplinary Studies

May 8-9, 2008
Speaker: TBA

Bringing together contributions from the West Coast and beyond, this
interdisciplinary graduate student conference seeks to examine the
relation between conception and consumption. By moving beyond polarized
notions of genesis and eradication, we seek critical investigations of
themes ranging from the production of ideas and their assembly into
works, to their re-workings and applications throughout time and space.
Within the erratic global imbalance of material and textual fertility,
creative and scientific traditions have been repeatedly contested by
subsequent generations of excavators, shedding new light on obscured
pasts and allowing for alternative trajectories for the future.
Revisiting the processes of conception and consumption will broaden
perspectives on palimpsests, inspiration, society and the possibility of
expressing agency.

The graduate students of the University of Washington welcome papers
on “Conception and Consumption” from all disciplines. Given the
interdisciplinary platform of this conference, candidates are encouraged
to consider how their work can be situated within a wider academic

Panels might include but are not limited to:
• Insurgent and Official Borrowing
• Transmission and Reception
• Consumption, Waste, and Nature
• Tests of Form and Theory
• Surviving the Global
• Intent and Misappropriation
• Creativity, Violence, Experimentation
• Corporeality and Representation
• Seasons and Cycles
• Use and Adaptations
• Comparative / Competing Histories
• Erasure / Resurfacing
• Property: Distribution and Ownership

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (8-10 pages MLA style).
Abstracts (250 words) should include full name, paper title,
institutional affiliation and indication of preferred panel. Panel
proposals for 75 minute sessions (comprised of three presentations) are
also encouraged. Submission deadline is February 11th, 2008. Abstracts
should be sent to

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