[UPDATE] Aesthetic Mutations - Interdisciplinary Grad Conference -- Abstracts due April 7th

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Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture
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27 MAY 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS -- Deadline *extended* -- Please send by Thursday, April 7, 2011 to cltcucsb@gmail.com

The Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture, an interdisciplinary humanities research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is hosting the eighth annual CLTC graduate student conference on Friday, May 27th 2011. The conference keynote speaker is Shane Butler, Professor of Classics at UCLA.

The CLTC welcomes 250-word abstracts from all graduate students in the humanities, as well as 250-word proposals of exhibits and discussions from MFA students. This year's CLTC conference focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to aesthetics in terms of mutation.
We seek papers that will consider the discipline of aesthetics itself in relation to "change," for the concepts and discourse of aesthetics have undergone a sweeping transformation from antiquity to (post)modernity. We encourage the submission of papers examining shifts—historical, cultural, theoretical—in our understanding of such hotly contested terms as "art" and "beauty." We call for papers concerning the representation and thematization of "mutation" and "change" in artworks and media products of all kinds and from all periods. We also want to invite papers that consider the mutations inherent in the physical and natural world, as well as in the ways through which we theorize the latter in relation to perceptions of the beautiful, the sublime, and so on.

Some examples of sites of aesthetic mutation our Consortium finds of interest:

Ex: Frankenstein – as a representation of a cultural tension over new scientific explorations at the time, and the shifting understanding of (and engagement with) science.

Ex: The interpretations of Plato's aesthetics in modern or contemporary philosophy.

Ex: The alterations to genetic structures caused by exposure to nuclear fallout and radiation, the subsequent production of mutated organisms, and our perceptions or representations of these.

Ex: "Heroin chic" as a marketed aesthetic based on the progressive destruction of the body.

Ex: Uses of special effects, animation, or experimental film form (including sound) to explore the possibilities of representing bodies, sites, and subjectivities in cinema

Topics might include but are not limited to:
-mutations of our understanding of what is aesthetically pleasing
-mutations in the context of bios/life
-adaptation and translation
-theoretical considerations of questions of change
-changes in theoretical approaches to literature and culture
-new categories of aesthetics
-body modification
-deviations and changes from an established norm of beauty
-metamorphosis and digression
-genetic modifications
-the process of creating an image and/or the manipulation of that image
-landscaping– the manipulation of the natural to fit cultural aesthetic values
-the coming and passing of fashionable tends – how does a style go from pleasing to unbearable?
-aesthetic agendas: political mandates shaping art to reflect ideology
-reality and representation
-changing meanings of texts through circulation and reception
-complementary and contrapuntal uses of sound and image in audiovisual media

Please email 250 word abstracts of to cltcucsb@gmail.com by April 7, 2011.