CFP: [Graduate] University Spaces, Academic Bodies: New Approaches to the Corporate University

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NYU American Studies Program

University Spaces, Academic Bodies: New Approaches to the Corporate
April 4th, 2008
New York University
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Program in American Studies

Neoliberal and corporatist logics are increasingly reconfiguring bodies
in and around universities. The work of “diversifying” the academy
imposes a disproportionate burden of labor on faculty, students, and
staff marked by multiple forms of difference; the pressures of
professionalization anticipate and authorize narrow standards of bodily
capacity; and precarious modes of transnational expansion involving
institutions of higher learning fortify and retrace imperial circuits of
acquisition in land, bodies, and knowledge. This calls for a critical
account of how neoliberal processes dismantle and rearticulate various
sites of the university as well as the contours of bodies allowed to
function within it. Our conference will thus engage debates surrounding
embodiment within the university as it pertains to the overlapping
structures of access, difference, and power. We especially invite papers
that address embodiment with primary attention to the historical
complexities of sexuality, race, nation, gender, labor, and ability.

As conference organizers, we conceive of the body/university relationship
as materially and historically contingent; that is, universities are not
simply places where bodies live, labor, die and haunt, but they are also
mobile, shifting sites where the substantive body intersects with, is
reconfigured by, and defies various histories of regulation. Thus we ask:
How are access and ability, marginal bodies and minority status,
disciplinary boundaries and hierarchies of authority, produced and
policed by academic institutions? How are bodies (dis)placed in relation
to remote learning programs, high tech and virtual classrooms, campus
security/surveillance, and other reorganizations of higher learning
spaces? How are individual and collective bodies affected by the
proliferation of global campuses and transnational academic networks? We
envision our conference as a platform for academics, students, staff, and
faculty to engage in a multidisciplinary discussion that builds on
existing debate surrounding the corporate university by placing
embodiment at its center.

In an effort to foster new conversations, we encourage not only formal
academic presentations but also creative, multimedia, and unconventional
modes of address that query or challenge the limits of standard academic

Possible topics of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:
- Corporeality, difference, and labor practices in and against the
- Strikes, labor organization, cultures of protest
- Campus security, surveillance, and violence
- Migration, empire, and learning
- Bureaucratization, rational institutions, recruitment,
- Access, excess, process, praxis
- Disciplinarity and departmentalization
- Advertising space, corporate presence on campus
- Alternative mappings of academic spaces

Please send abstracts of no longer than 250 words to by Friday, March 7th, 2008.

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