UPDATE: [General] DEADLINE EXTENDED: New Directions in Critical Theory Graduate Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Sam Schwartz
contact email: 

New Directions in Critical Theory is an
annual interdisciplinary graduate student
conference at the University of Arizona; the
2008 conference will focus on a selfconscious
examination of the ways we do
work at the university. While interdiscplinarity
questions the boundaries that mark off
everything from university departments to
methods of inquiry, the space between
disciplines is not a neutral zone. When we
shuffle prefixes and suffixes in an attempt to
announce new disciplines and identities, we
work in a liminal space that we participate in
creating. This endeavor must be undertaken
cautiously; remapping disciplines and
identities is never an innocent game.

We wish to build upon the interdisciplinary
nature of many graduate programs, and of
knowledge in general, to acknowledge the
potential impact of growing movements in
the academy, in theory, and in praxis. We
welcome papers and presentations that put
to work both interdisciplinary approaches
and those that examine such approaches

Traditionally, New Directions
sponsors guest speakers whose work
relates to the theme of the conference. This
year will be no different. Dr. Paul Gilmore
(California State University, Long Beach) will
be a keynote speaker at this year’s
conference, and we are currently in the
process of negotiating for a second

The 2008 conference will be held April
10-12, and we invite graduate students
from any discipline to present theoreticallyoriented
scholarship and creative work
(such as photography, poetry, film, artwork,
installation projects, and so on) that may
take an interdisciplinary approach. A list of
possible topics and subject areas may
include (but are not limited to):
• Bioethics / Biopolitics
• Critical Race Theories
• Film / Photography
• Genre Studies
• Higher Education
• Historiography
• LGBTQ Studies
• Literature and Culture of Science
• Pedagogy
• Pop Culture
• Posthumanism
• Post- and Neocolonialism
• Research Methodologies
• Transnational Critical Theories

Please submit 100-250 word individual
abstracts or panel proposals consisting of a
100-250 word abstract for the entire panel
and one 100-250 abstract for each paper.
Include names, email addresses, mailing
addresses, institutional affiliations,
technology requests, paper titles, and
abstracts by March 7, 2008 to New
Directions Co-Chairs at ndconf_at_gmail.com

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