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Call For Papers: Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies Graduate Student Conference, Syracuse University February 27-March 1

The Religion Graduate Organization at Syracuse University is proud to announce our 2015 Graduate Conference “Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies” featuring Keynote speaker Lynne Huffer. The conference will be held February 27 through March 1 at Syracuse University.

Call for Papers Deadline: Jan 10th, 2015

The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies. This conference aims at actively encouraging interdisciplinary ways to view and examine the related encounters of sex, religion, politics, and bodies. Specifically, this conference aims to think about what occurs, and why, when religion seems to “interrupt” or “impose” upon the broader philosophical and theoretical discourses relating to bodies, politics, and sex. We invite both M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit abstracts from a variety of thematic and theoretical backgrounds.

Keynote: Lynne Huffer, Emory University

We particularly invite papers on the following themes:

  • The methodological impact of Michel Foucault when dealing with sex, religion, affect, bodies, or materiality
  • Affect theory and its relationship to sex, bodies, and religion
  • How religion and sex are portrayed in visual media and culture, and the resulting political effects
  • How political thought is changed and reimagined through discourses of sex, bodies, emotions, and affects
  • When religion seems to interrupt and impose upon broader theoretical discourses
  • Religion disrupting sex
  • Sex disrupting religion.
  • BDSM
  • Religious Experience
  • Queer theory and religion
  • Queer theory and ecology
  • Eco-theology
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Politics
  • Social Science

Abstracts are welcomed from a variety of fields and disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art and Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Queer Studies
  • Religion
  • Sex and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Panel submissions are greatly encouraged.

A panel should consist of 3 papers

ideally a panel should include scholars from more than one institution

We are especially looking for 1-2 panels on Are the Lips a Grave? and Mad For Foucault.

Panel or paper proposals should contain the following items:

  • A one-page abstract (350 words for papers; 500 words for panels) describing the nature of the paper or panel. No names or institutional information should appear on the abstract to facilitate a blind selection process.
  • Current CV for the participant(s).
  • Cover page which includes the name(s), institution(s), and contact information for participant(s)
  • For panel proposals, identity the primary contact person for the panel.
  • Submit all materials to SUReligionConference@gmail.com

Abstracts, comments, and questions may be sent to SUReligionConference@gmail.com.

A copy of the call for papers and additional information may be found at: http://religionconference.syr.edu/

October 14: TAKING OFFENSE: Trigger Warnings & the Neoliberal Politics of Endangerment

Taking Offense: Trigger Warnings & the Neoliberal Politics of Endangerment

a panel discussion with Lisa Duggan, Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann PellegriniAvgi Saketopoulou, & Karen Shimakawa

October 14, Tuesday
6:30 to 8:15

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
Jack Halberstam, American Studies & Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and English, USC Dornsife
Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, New York University
Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
Avgi Saketopoulou, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University
Moderated by Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, New York University

Please note venue change:
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Object Ethnography Project & Stewardship Treaties for Barren Island

Stewardship Treaties for Barren Island
Sunday, May 6, 3:00-4:30pm

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From the 1850s until its last inhabitants were forcibly evicted in 1936, Barren Island was a community built on trash. It housed both the stinking rendering plants and disenfranchised inhabitants who processed waste from Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Today, the detritus of what was once Barren Island litters the shores of Deadhorse Bay in south Brooklyn. The area has been designated a protected historical site, but without financial support to secure the area, thousands of New Yorkers flock to scavenge its shores every year.

I will entrust the art-artifacts of Barren Island to stewards of the history and culture of Barren Island. Any member of the public can become a steward by co-writing a stewardship contract, or Treaty, that designates the terms of care. The terms of these Treaties are open, but they must include plans to care for the artifact for the next two hundred years, and they must maintain some sort of public access given that the artifacts are part of the heritage of many New Yorkers and belong to the commons.

This project is being supported by Trade School, and is limited to 15 participants. Sign up to participate here:http://tradeschool.coop/newyork/class/#237

The Object Ethnography Project
Online, anytime

Each of the objects in the Object Ethnography Project have been donated by ordinary people. Each object has a story attached.
All these objects are available for exchange. You, or anyone else, can trade for any object by offering a new story about it. What attracts you to the object? What will you do with it? How will the object spend its time in your possession?
Once a story has been offered for exchange via email or post, the object will be mailed to its new owner. These objects and their stories will become the basis of a research project to see how narrative influence worth, economies, and circulation. Participate in an exchange here: http://objectethnography.wordpress.com

Conference: Winning the Crisis | Debt * Narrative * Movements * Counter-Archives | March 21 & 22

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Winning The Crisis: Alternatives, Possibilities and Organizing for the Future

March 21-22, 2012

A two-day conference of academics, activists, artists, and organizers

Brandworkers * George Caffentzis * Silvia Federici * Jim Fleming * Fran Ilich * Matthew Frye Jacobson * Monica Johnson of EDU Debtors Union * Aaron Levy * Movement for Justice in El Barrio * Tavia Nyong’o * Cheryl Payer * Amy Roberts of Occupy Wall Street Archival Project * Andrew Ross * William Scott * Shanté Paradigm Smalls * Jack Tchen * Trade Justice * Gregory Wilpert
Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003 (map)

Panels will be held from 1-5:30 pm March 21 & 22

Refreshments provided * Free and open to the public

FOR FULL SCHEDULE VISIT www.winningthecrisis.com

Another world is, indeed, possible. But another world will not arrive fully formed, nor will it arrive without deliberate action on our part. The deliberation has begun, and the time has come to gather — to think together about the struggle we share, to discuss the painstaking work of collaboration and co-creation, to engage in acts of political imagination capable of transcending the past and transforming the present.

Toward just such an end, we have organized a two-day discussion among academics, activists, artists and organizers (by no means mutually exclusive categories) with the aim of imagining what “Winning The Crisis” might look like for workers, students, debtors — in short, for the 99 percent.

A panel on debt will address a key root of contemporary crises. Panelists will discuss the varied modes of exploitation and dependency that structure both social and international relations. If our current dilemma stems from the rampant proliferation of debt, winning the crisis requires re-imagining debt and resistance against it. From macro discussions of debt forgiveness and re-structuring to more micro appeals for refusal and debt unionization, this panel will help us see beyond the false horizon imposed by a world system premised on arrears.

A panel on narrative will explore long historical perspectives that exceed the immediate origins of the contemporary crisis, as well as imaginaries and forms of futurity that can sharpen our understanding of the present and allow us to think more capaciously about what organizing and strategies of resistance might look like. It will include discussions of speculative fiction, representations of popular power (as well as the crises such power may cause for representation), and creative experiments in social infrastructure.

A panel on movements will bring together perspectives on and from within active social and political movements within New York and beyond. It will traverse multiple spaces and scales of struggle — from workers’ rights in transnational production chains, to local neighborhood-based organizing against the displacement of immigrants and low-income communities in El Barrio, to activist action against the advance of neoliberal “free trade” agreements, to the construction of a new socialism in Venezuela. This panel will also bring together varied perspectives on, and experiences with, different forms of envisioning and enacting systemic change — from analyzing the dialectics of social movements and State power in nation-wide structural transformation, to building a local movement around principles of horizontalism and autonomism; from lobbying and campaigning for the accountability of elected officials, to the intersections of worker-led organizing and institution-based advocacy and training.

Finally, if the document constitutes a “passageway in and across time,”* carrying residue of the past into the future, then, rather than serving as a mere repository of the past, the archive concentrates the potential of any movement, becoming a point of departure for possible futures. Archives have always been entangled with power, functioning to maintain hierarchies of knowledge, to control fields of legibility, and to subordinate collective memory to Histories penned by power. Looking forward, then, we must turn to counter-archives, collections and compositions that can move us beyond such epistemic enclosures, that point us to those desires, possibilities and collocations of memory that lie at the “border of invisibility.”** A roundtable of historians, curators, editors and rogue archivists will take up these questions of archives, counter-archives and an-archives toward framing a new future.

Organized by Jen Ayres, A.J. Bauer, Jennifer Flores Sternad, Andrew González and Justin Leroy
for the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University.

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity conference Saturday, 11/12/11

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity | Saturday, November 12, 2011
301 Philosophy Hall


9:00am-9:30am | Welcome and Breakfast

PANEL 1: “Edutecture CU Teachers College Collaborative”
“Edutecture: Post-Representiationalist Design as Post-Modern Praxis.”

CU Teacher’s College collaborative
Blake Victor Seidenshaw (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Teachers College, CU)
Victoria Netanus (Sociology and Education, Teachers College, CU)
Chris Moffett (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Monica Patrice Barra (Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY)
David Backer (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Ethan Jucovy (Independent Scholar)

PANEL 2: “Interdisciplinarity Between Art and Science”
11:00am – 12:30pm
Disscussant: Jay Gundacker, History

John R. Blakinger, UC Berkeley
Models for Art and Science Collaboration:
Gyorgy Kepes at MIT and the Rise of Cold War Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts

Matthew Ramirez, UC Berkeley
Towards a Physiology of Drama: Plot Algorithms with Applications in Playwriting, Interactive Drama, and Collaborative Filtering

Robert Lewis and Matthew Luckett, Michigan State and UCLA
Cowboy morality in historical mass media: Barriers to an interdisciplinary investigation of dime novels and westward expansion

12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch

D. Graham Burnett presenting with Artist Lisa Young
1:30pm – 2:30pm

“In Lies Begins Responsibilities: Parafiction and Interdisciplinary Practice”

D. Graham Burnett is a professor of History, Princeton University and Editor, CabinetMagazine
Discussant: Marwa El Skakry, Associate Professor, Department of History

PANEL 3: Historical Interdisciplinarities and Interdisciplinary Histories
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Discussant: Owen Cornwall, MESAAS

Arthur Dudney, MESAAS, Columbia University
“Interdisciplinarity before Disciplines, the View from Early-Modern South Asia”

Irene Plantholt, Near Eastern Languages, Columbia University
“An interdisciplinary approach towards ancient Mesopotamian medicine”

3:30pm-3:45pm | Coffee

PANEL 4: Borders, Spaces, Disciplines
3:45pm – 5:15pm

Discussant: Yohann Ripert, Department of French and Romance Philology

Lori Cole, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU
“Reading Revista de Avance Across Disciplines”

Alvram Alpert, University of Pennsylvania
“Rousseau’s Modernity and Suzuki’s Zen”

Ginger Nolan, History of Architecture, Columbia University
“‘Great Books for Fat Men’ and Simple Tests for ‘Savage Minds’: How the Humanities Made a Global Humanity”

5:15pm – 6:15pm

“On Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University
Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, EALAC, Columbia University

Moderated by Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Classics and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The ICLS Graduate Student Planning Committee would like to thank the following departments for their generous support: GSAC, GSAPP, EALAC, History, French and Romance Philology, MESAAS at Columbia University

For more information, please visit our website: icls.columbia.edu.