UPDATE: [Graduate] CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE - Objective Witness: Performance, Document, Memory

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Jessica Lawson
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Submission Deadline Extended to March 1, 2008

8th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
April 11-13, 2008
Objective Witness: Performance, Document, Memory
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the
intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both
within and beyond the academy. This year’s conference will examine the
concept of witness as a nexus of documentation and performance, past and
present, event and audience, memory and revision. Our keynote speakers
include Cornell University’s Newton C. Farr Professor of American History
and Culture, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Michael Kammen; University of
Iowa’s Professor of American Studies and Cinema and Comparative
Literature, Lauren Rabinovitz; and Indiana University’s Associate
Professor of Law, Jody Madeira.

We invite the submission of critical, theoretical, and original creative
work in a variety of media and across the humanities, sciences, and legal
disciplines. In the past, submissions have included not only traditional
scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and
artists’ books.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Documentary: text, image, sound
• Legal witnesses, judicial testimony
• Fossils to antiques: objects as indexes
• Storytelling
• Reflexive Witness: ethnography and anthropology
• Surveillance and voyeurism
• Trauma, science and memory
• Preserving memory: archives and museums
• Reference, revision, lying
• Professional witnesses: experts, tastemakers, journalists
• Disability, wound as witness
• Marketing verisimilitude, “reality” television
• Institutional, corporate and national memory
• Hi-fidelity: technology and recording
• Credibility, the right to testify

Please submit paper abstracts of no more than 350 words â€" creative
presentations also accepted. Full panels (featuring three papers) may
also be proposed. Each panel proposal should consist of three paper
abstracts and a brief explanation of the panel’s purpose and relevance to
the conference. Each panel submission not to total more than 1,000 words.
Please include name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), street
address, telephone number, and email address on all abstracts and
proposals. Please submit all paper abstracts or panel proposals to
Jessica Lawson at 14 English-Philosophy Building, The University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA 52242 or by email at jessica-lawson_at_uiowa.edu. Submission
deadline is March 1, 2008. Visit the website at
http://www.uiowa.edu/~c3conf for more information and scheduling updates.

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