UC Riverside Disjunctions 2016: “Crude Matter”

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2016
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University of California, Riverside's Disjunctions Graduate Conference

Disjunctions 2016: “Crude Matter”

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force flow around you. Here, between you, me…” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

The University of California, Riverside’s annual Disjunctions graduate conference invites papers, panels, and performances that push the boundaries of how we define academic work. This year’s critical focus, “Crude Matter,” is geared specifically toward innovative and interdisciplinary approaches that question materiality, physicality, consumption, embodiment, the senses, affect, and all of the myriad ways this theme may be interpreted. UCR’s Disjunctions is particularly interested in the disjunctions within and the coming together of seemingly incongruent forms: How do we construct or produce knowledge through these cleavages?

Some possible topics of inquiry could include:

  • the disjunctions of materiality and immateriality
  • crude ephemera
  • sensation and sensationalism
  • the materiality and/or immateriality of affect
  • social marginality
  • textual marginality
  • materiality and physicality in digital spaces
  • embodied and disembodied beings
  • food production and consumption
  • book history and print culture
  • fashion
  • the grotesque
  • medicine and disease
  • collecting and hording


Papers engaging with the conference theme might come from Queer Studies, Ethnic Studies, Material Cultures, Digital Humanities, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Creative Writing, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Composition Studies, Women's Studies, English, Music, Religion Studies, Dance, Theatre, Media Studies, Art and Art History, Economics, the Natural and Physical Sciences, SF and Technoculture Studies, Global Studies, and many more.

Participants may submit a full panel proposal or respond to the individual call for papers. We welcome proposals for formal papers as well as creative writing, dance pieces, and installation artwork. Abstracts (250-300 words) for 15-minute presentations may be emailed to disjunctions2016@gmail.com.

Abstracts Due Date: July 31, 2016

Tentative Conference Dates: October 28-29, 2016 at UC Riverside