Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2018
Call for Papers
New Directions in Critical Theory Graduate Conference, 2018
Love & Monstrosity: What Have We Done/What Are We Going to Do
The University of Arizona, Department of English
“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.”
—from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)
The graduate students of the University of Arizona’s Department of English invite proposals for the annual New Directions in Critical Theory Graduate Conference. Held every spring, New Directions is an interdisciplinary conference organized for and by graduate students as a way of drawing together scholars, artists, and activists across diverse disciplines.
This year’s conference, entitled “Love & Monstrosity: What Have We Done/What Are We Going to Do,” invites papers and performances that explore the limitless potential and fraught relations between love and monstrosity. We hope that presenters will consider the ways in which their interests dovetail with this theme and use it as a means for exposing and interrogating the current, often monstrous, state of the world as well as a means for finding and spreading hope through a praxis of radical love. As bell hooks suggests, “an ethic of love” emerges from the periphery as scholars, artists, and activists use it to shape the direction of their “political vision” as well as their “radical aspirations.” We hope that our conference will provide an inclusive model that welcomes not only traditional academic scholars from the humanities, but also scholars in other fields and nontraditional scholars, artists, and activists who would like to engage in a dialogue about the potential for love to inspire hope in an increasingly precarious world.
Possible topics for critical and creative presentations include but are not
Women Firsts, Queer firsts, POC firsts, monstrosity, radical love, queer theologies the entangled bank, ecology, environmental criticism, climate change, the Trump presidency, trauma and recovery terror, horror, revulsion, hope, sadness, exhaustion, community resilience, collective resistance, activism, running for office, the politics of aesthetics, aesthetic politics, ethno-nationalism, cosmopolitans, beginnings of histories, biopolitics, births, hybrids, binaries, polarization, healing, the mythic, archetypes, stereotypes, tyrants Continue reading