New Universalisms: Aesthetics, Media, Politics
Graduate Student Conference, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, October 7-8 2016
Keynote: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Call for papers
We welcome contributions to and around the idea of universalism. Confronted by ecological crisis, religious sectarianism, resurgent nationalisms, transnational media, and neoliberalism, what might we redeem or rethink with the universal? What political and aesthetic advantages can be found in new universalism(s)? What form(s) of universalism may still hold the possibility of difference, transitions, hybridity, and plurality? Through this conference we encourage a continued discussion and critique of universalisms, including proposals towards new universalisms.
We welcome theoretical and historical investigations across disciplines, theories, methodologies, media, regions, and topics that address contemporary debates on the question of universalism(s) and the universal.
We invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following:
Philosophical, political, and theoretical universalisms
Universalisms in practice
Affects and the senses
Global cinemas, musics, literatures, languages
Identity, difference, gender, race, class, caste, indigeneity
Globalization and postcolonial theory
Secular and post-secular critique
Please submit paper proposals of max. 300 words for spoken presentations of 20 minutes. Abstracts should be in .doc or .pdf format and include the following information: title, author(s), affiliation(s), and a short (max. 150 word) bio. All abstracts and questions should be directed to umncsclconference[at]gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is June 15.
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