Monthly Archives: February 2011

CFP: Stony Brook Ethnography Conference, due 3/1

Stony Brook University Ethnography Conference April 15th, 2011 (at Manhattan Campus)

CFP deadline March 1, 2011!

Abstracts for presentations are welcome from graduate students using ethnographic methods, including field research and in-depth interviews. If you are working on, or have completed an ethnographic project, consider making a presentation at this spring’s conference. Papers of all topics are welcome. Preference will be given to research in advanced stages. Upon acceptance, submission of a full paper is required. If interested, please send a brief description of your work (500 words) to

Please specify in your e-mail what stage your research is in and identify the methodology (length of time in field, number of research participants, etc…) that you have used in the collection of your data.

In addition to your project description, please include the title of your presentation, your university affiliation, and your contact information (name, mailing address, and email address). Please use the email address above to contact the organizers with questions.


An Introduction to Mexican Cinema: Times of Decadence (Talks & Screenings Hosted by Draper Graduate)

Recent Draper graduate Salvador Olguín (Jan. 2011) will be hosting a series of talks about the history of Mexican cinema at the Brooklyn arts space Observatory in early March. The three talks will each include a surprise film screening. For more information on the talks, please see the Observatory website at

An Introduction to Mexican Cinema: Times of Decadence
Lectures and Screenings with Salvador Olguín
March 1st, 8th, and 15th
8:00 PM
543 Union Street, Brooklyn

Spawning world-renowned directors like Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), and with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful currently nominated for two Academy Awards, Mexico’s film industry has established a name of its own. But few people know the history of Mexican cinema, or have access to some of its early films. During this series of talks, we will provide a brief introduction to this history, show a few clips, and present screenings of films from a pivotal moment in the development of Mexican cinema: the times of decadence around the decade of 1970.

CFP: Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation (Princeton, Due 3/1)


An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Princeton University, April 22-23, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Professor George Baker, Department of Art History, UCLA

The past decade has witnessed widespread institutional and scholarly efforts to historicize the relation between art and feminism, and between art and identity politics. These efforts unfold in a present that is often characterized as “post-gender” and/or “post-racial.” Just as categories of identity seem to lose traction in cultural discourse, so boundaries between artistic media become unfixed. Yet photographic representation is increasingly pervasive, and increasingly bound to the performance of subjectivity.
This symposium aims to consider the interrelated production of gender and photography, along with their dissolution as stable categories of inquiry. An interrogation of photography today requires looking within as well as beyond the boundaries of traditional art-historical frameworks. It compels us to account for the political and social dimensions in which photography participates, and demands that we re-consider the mise-en-scène of photography’s production as art.
How has the evolution of photography—from b/w to color, from analogue to digital, from mass media to social media—served to articulate or blur aesthetic and subjective differences? What politics of representation emerge when the individual can be both agent and object of photographic voyeurism, exhibitionism, and surveillance? Might photography’s expanded field offer the potential for reshaping feminist politics today?
We invite participants to explore historical, existing and possible relationships between photography and the (re)production of gender, from the perspectives of visual culture, philosophy, (art) history, and art practice. Papers might consider photography in relation to:
gender bending – histories and politics of sexuality – performance and/or portraiture – the construction of masculinity – women artists – representations of gender, race, and class – advocacy, activism, and political practice – feminist politics, ethics, and aesthetics – medical and biological discourses – capitalism, terrorism, and war

We welcome submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars in all fields and disciplines. Please submit a CV and 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper by March 1, 2011 to Frances Jacobus-Parker, Elena Peregrina-Salvador, and Mareike Stoll at

CFP: Hunter Grad Conference: Subversive Texts/Radical Readings (Due 3/13)

Subversive Texts/Radical Readings

If every text is a product of an established tradition, written in a preexisting language, how does a text become subversive? Does subversion lie in the speaker’s voice and his or her intent? Does it depend directly on that, which it means to undermine? Is subversion created in the interaction between different cultures, and if so, in a globalized society are all texts, by definition, subversive? Is it tied directly to the language that is being used, making literature written in dialect inherently subversive, while rendering texts written “in the language of the oppressor” less likely to undermine the dominant ideology? Or does it take a reading – radical in either its extreme or fundamental perspective – to make a text (any text) subversive? What role does reading play in challenging hegemony? In a world where texts (speeches, slogans, communications) can still be found at the center of every revolution and societal rift, it is important to explore their immeasurable potential to impact those they reach.

To that end, the Hunter College Graduate Student Conference on “Subversive Texts/ Radical Readings” is seeking abstracts of 150-250 words for papers that will examine the ways in which texts can subvert the dominant discourse across the disciplines, as well as what it means for them to do so. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

· The role of subversive texts in shifting the balance of power in a globalized community.

· The ability of texts to communicate non-mainstream/subversive/revolutionary ideas.

· The potential of subversive texts to cross cultural, linguistic, and geopolitical boundaries.

· The ways that new interdisciplinary approaches can radicalize texts.

· Subversion that lies in the examination of absences and omissions within texts.

· The ways that we can define “subversive texts” and “radical readings.”

The Graduate Student Conference will be held May 6-7th, 2011, at Hunter College, New York, NY. Details of the conference can be found at the conference website,

Please send abstracts/inquiries to the conference organizers at by March 13th, 2011.

All proposals should include your name, affiliation, contact information (including email address), and a short bio. Proposals sent in by graduate students will be given priority, however, we will consider proposals from independent scholars and recent graduates.

Please note that all papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes.

"Foucault, Geopower, and the Transformation of the Earth" (3/3)

The Foucault Society, NYC

2011 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Please join us for the first colloquium in our new series:

Stephanie Clare

“Foucault, Geopower, and the Transformation of the Earth”

Thursday, March 3, 2011
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY
This paper introduces an analysis of “geopower”–the force relations that transform the earth–by reading Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and Security, Territory, Population alongside the archive of Canadian settler colonialism, specifically the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the nineteenth century. Geopower physically transforms the earth through techniques such as urban planning, architecture, engineering, agriculture, and surveying–as well as digging, logging, and marking territory. Its analysis demonstrates that power relations are not only operative between humans: multiple forms of life transform the earth. Although geopower subtends both biopower and sovereign power, it is a repressed presence in Foucault’s writing, perhaps because it does not have humans as its target. This analysis therefore puts pressure on Foucauldian understandings of power.

Stephanie Clare is a PhD candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, “Earthly Encounters: Readings in Poststructuralism, Feminist Theory, and Canadian Settler Colonialism,” touches upon feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory, twentieth-century French philosophy, and settler colonial studies. She has published articles in Hypatia and Exit Nine, and has received grants from SSHRC and FQRSC.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society’s Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly, supportive audience of colleagues.

To RSVP, please send an e-mail to Shifra Diamond, Colloquium Chair, at:

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, non-profit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) within a contemporary context.


**For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see: .