"Singularity: Transdisciplinary Explorations in Language, Culture, and Theory" (April 29-30, 2011)

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The University of Arizona New Directions in Critical Theory Conference

"Singularity: Transdisciplinary Explorations in Language, Culture, and Theory"

The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). April 29-30, 2011.

Keynote Speaker: Vincent B. Leitch, General Editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism

In 1848, Edgar Allan Poe prophesied in Eureka the day when "individual Intelligences become blended – when the bright stars become blended – into One." In short, Poe describes a moment of singularity. With the ever-changing research landscape of the modern American university, one could argue that we are perhaps approaching this moment of blended intelligences and blended disciplines. As such, singularity represents a vital, energetic beginning for transdiciplinary academic inquiry. In an effort to promote such inquiry, the theme for the 2011 New Directions in Critical Theory Conference is "Singularity: Transdisciplinary Explorations in Language, Culture, and Theory"

We are pleased to issue a truly transdisciplinary call for papers, one that we hope will attract the best minds of academic departments beyond the scope of English studies and even the humanities. We foresee contributions from the social sciences (linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, history, etc.) and the natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology, geography, etc.). We therefore seek proposals for individual (15-20 minute) or panel (3-4 members) presentations on any topics that engage the theme of "singularity."

Consider, for example, some of the following questions: How is singularity achieved? In what ways is singularity unattainable? What makes a work or an author resist categorical singularity? What are the politics of singularity? Is globalization the telos of approaching or culminated singularity? Has postmodernism adequately dismantled the singularity of knowledge? Is there such a thing as singularity in culture? In what ways have technologies accelerated the momentum of singularity? In what ways has singularity complicated the notion of humanness and the relationship to the body? How has singularity challenged both scientific and literary considerations of the organic, biotechnology, ontology and epistemology? Is the notion of singularity itself problematic?

We welcome papers that address these questions in any way, but please feel free to submit abstracts that don't directly address the theme as well.

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ on April 29-30, 2011. The keynote address, delivered by Vincent B. Leitch, general editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, will be on Saturday, April 30.

Please e-mail submissions as an attachment to ndconf@gmail.com. Individual paper abstracts should generally be 200-500 words. Be sure to include your relevant contact information, institutional affiliation, and any need for audio/visual equipment. Panel submissions should include a panel name; the titles, abstracts, and authors of each paper; institutional affiliations and contact information for all participants; a request, if necessary, for audio/visual equipment; a 200-500 word description of the panel. We welcome panels of either 3 or 4 participants, but each panel will be allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes, so the length of papers should adhere accordingly (usually 8-10 pages for a 3 person panel or 6-7 pages for a 4 person panel). Creative submissions are also encouraged. Please email ndconf@gmail.com for details. Deadline for proposal submissions: December 15, 2010.