SLSA: Creativity. Appetite and Creativity

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Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

Atlanta, GA
November 3-6

In keeping with the conference theme of "Creativity," this panel will think about how appetite might instigate novelty. If ingestion transforms us on multiple physical, emotional and cognitive levels, what can be said about appetite? Broadly defining appetite as a destructively and/or productively creative will toward difference, this panel will engage with the sciences and humanities to consider some of the following questions: How does appetite help us (re)think the organism's relation to the environment? How does appetite change our understanding of the metabolic? What is queer about appetite? Does a desire to ingest present a particular opportunity for strange and interesting scenes of rhetorical or performative relation across species lines, or is it always destructive? What does appetite do to our understanding of agency and power? How is appetite classed, raced and gendered and to what extent does it produce divergent categories? Does it disrupt the privileging of the ocular, to what effect? How does appetite change in a time of ecological catastrophe, when the human "overeats" the environment?
Interdisciplinary and experimental presentation forms and topics strongly encouraged.
Please submit 250 word abstracts to ibrown@gradcenter.cuny.edu by May 7th.
See the SLSA website for more conference information (http://litsciarts.org/slsa16).