Nov 14

CFP: UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization

“Bodies That Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces “

The Annual Conference of the English Graduate Organization at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Deadline for submissions: January 20th, 2015

Conference Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2015


View the complete call for papers here CFP UMass Amherst Interdisciplinary Grad Conference 2015

From the conference organizers:

For our 7th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites submissions that examine the ways in which cultural marketplaces construct, produce, erase, value/devalue bodies.

Some questions we are interested in include:

  • What kinds of bodies do various cultural marketplaces produce and value?
  • In what ways do marketplaces commoditize bodies?
  • How do they allow certain bodies to become more visible than others?
  • How, and to what extent, can bodies resist the conditioning forces of various marketplaces, even as they exist within them?
  • How, and to what extent, does the cultural capital of various bodies depend on varied dynamics of circulation and representation?
  • How do cultural texts (films, books, documentaries, etc.) objectify certain kinds of bodies (black, “third world,” feminine) and so on?
  • In what ways do cultural representation of certain bodies shape our understanding of concepts such as: ”normativity,” “gender,” “disability,” “nation,” ”race,” “freedom,” and “justice”?
  • What methodologies would be effective in helping us to reveal the ways in which forces of various cultural marketplaces construct bodies?

We accept three kinds of submissions:

  • Individual papers/projects: please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. Include your name, paper title, institution, and email address.
  • Panels: please submit a 1000 word proposal for an entire panel of presentations (3-4 presenters). Included in this proposal should be abstracts of 200-300 words for all presentations, title of the panel, and information for each presenter (name, paper title, institution, and email address). If you are forming your own panel, you have the option of providing your own chair.
  • Performances and creative presentations/panels: we welcome submissions of creative works, including creative writing, visual art, and dramatic performance. Please include a brief description of your project, as well as your name, project title, institution, and email address

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