Submitted by Jim Aune on July 9, 2006 - 10:28pm
CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference on Trope, Affect, and Democratic Subjectivity
The Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University will sponsor a conference this November 2-4, 2006 on Trope, Affect, and Democratic Subjectivity. The conference will feature plenary addresses by leading scholars in classics, comparative literature, political theory, communication studies, and other disciplines, as well as concurrent presentations. Scholars who wish to be included in the concurrent sessions are invited to submit abstracts or papers by September 15, 2006. Those selected for presentation will be notified by September 30.
The conference will be co-sponsored by the Northwestern Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture, and directed by program faculty Dilip Gaonkar, Robert Hariman, and Ernesto Laclau. The conference builds on the renewed interest in rhetoric that is occurring across the human sciences. This continuing displacement of modernist assumptions in the conduct of inquiry reflects not only the legacy of the linguistic turn of the 20th century, but also more recent and equally profound shifts in both intellectual culture and configurations of the political in the 21st century. What began as a crisis in representation has become a basis for focused critical study regarding a volatile field of transformations across increasingly fungible media, practices, and peoples. To that end, the conference focuses on the crucial theoretical conjunction between trope, affect, and democratic subjectivity. By “trope,” we feature the productive capacity of discursive operations for transformation; by “affect” we mark the significance of latent economies of signification and social energy; by “democratic subjectivity” we orient towards the constitution of the political subject as a citizen more or less capable of public participation and collective agency.
All papers presented will be eligible for publication in a volume on the conference theme to be edited by the conference organizers. Applications for presentation should be sent to email@example.com. Inquiries about attendance should be sent to Amber Day, firstname.lastname@example.org.