The Crisis of the Confined Body is a graduate student conference that will join five Romance languages (Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish), fostering a comparative approach to studies of the body in confinement, isolation and extraction. The conference will offer critical examinations of the body and its contingent relationship to spatial, temporal, cultural and/or linguistic parameters. A theme that lends itself to multiple fields, The Crisis of the Confined Body will promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the humanities, visual arts, and sciences, engaging points of overlap as well as lines of divergence. We encourage presentations that engage a comparative and/or interdisciplinary approach.
For a collection of essays tentatively entitled "The Folklore of Resistance," I am seeking papers showing how marginalized groups utilize expressive culture, broadly defined, to define and assert themselves against existing power systems. I will entertain essays with any theoretical bent, but I am looking for resolutely empirical studies in which theory illuminates rather than swamping the data. Please send 250 word abstracts to email@example.com.
The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock and Doug Rice
"The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the "outlaw," the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order."—Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish