CFP: [International] 2nd Global Conference: Madness - Probing the Boundaries

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Dr Rob Fisher

2nd Global Conference
Madness - Probing the Boundaries

Monday 14th September - Thursday 17th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary research conference seeks to explore issues of
madness across historical periods and within cultural, political and social
contexts. We are also interested in exploring the place of madness in
persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical
perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post
disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines,
professions and vocations which struggle to understand the place of madness
in the constitution of persons, relationships and the complex interlacing
of self and other.

In particular papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the
following themes:

1. The Value of Madness or Why is it that We Need Madness?
~ Critical explorations: beyond madness/sanity/insanity
~ Continuity and difference: always with us yet never quite the same
~ Repetition and novelty: the incessant emergence and re-emergence of madness
~ Profound attraction and desire; fear of the abyss and the radical unknown
~ Naming, defining and understanding the elusive

2. The Passion of Madness or Madness and the Emotions
~ Love as madness; uncontrollable passion; unrestrainable love
~ Passion and love as a remaking of life and self
~ Gender and madness; the feminine and the masculine
~ Anger, resentment, revenge, hate, evil
~ I would rather vomit, thank you; revulsion, badness and refusing to comply

3. The Boundaries of Madness or Resisting Normality
~ Madness, sanity and the insane
~ Being out of your mind, crazy, deranged … yet, perfectly sane
~ Deviating from the normal; defining the self against the normal
~ Control, self-control and the pull of the abyss
~ When the insane becomes normal; when evil reins social life

4. Lunatics and the Asylum or Power and the Politics of Madness
~ The social allure and fear of madness; the institutions of confining mad
~ Servicing normality by castigating the insane and marginalizing lunatics
~ Medicine, psychiatry, psychology, law and the constructions of madness;
madness as illness
~ Contributions of the social sciences to the making and the critique of
the making of madness
~ Representations, explanations and the critique of madness from the
humanities and the arts

5. Creativity, Critique and Cutting Edge
~ Madness as genius, outstanding, out of the ordinary, spectacularly brilliant
~ The art of madness; the science of madness
~ Music, painting, dance, theatre: it is crazy to think of art without madness
~ The language and communication of madness: who can translate?
~ Creation as an unfolding of madness

6. Unrestrained and Boundless or The Liberating Promise of Madness
~ Metaphors of feeling free, unrestrained, capable, lifted from reality
~ Madness as clear-sightedness, as opening up possibilities, as
re-visioning of the world
~ The future, the prophetic, the unknown; the epic, the heroic and the tragic
~ The unreachable and untouchable knowledge of madness
~ The insanity of not loving madness

7. Lessons for Self and Other or Lessons for Life about and from Madness
~ Cultural and social constructions of madness; images of the mad, crazy,
insane, lunatic, abnormal
~ What is real? Who defines reality? Learning from madness how to cope with
~ Recognising madness in oneself; relativising madness in others
~ Love, intimacy, care and the small spaces of madness
~ Critical and ethical implosions of normality and normalness; sane in
insane places and insane in sane places

Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.
Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.

The 2009 meeting of Madness will run alongside our project on Monsters and
the Monstrous - Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil and we anticipate
holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers
considering the problems or addressing issues of Madness and Monsters for
joint project sessions.

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should
be submitted by Friday 17th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the
conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: Madness 2 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special
formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We
acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive
your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look
for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Maria Vaccarella
Hub Leader, Making Sense Of:

Abel B Franco
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, California State University, USA

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland,
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The conference is part of the ‘Making Sense Of:’ series of research
projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from
different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and
presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed
ISBN hard copy volume.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are
not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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