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Call For Papers: 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference at Stony Brook University

Call for Papers

7th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY), Manhattan Campus

Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2016


Keynote: McKenzie Wark (The New School)

Saturday, 29 October 2016, 11am-7pm, Stony Brook Manhattan Campus

Certain science fiction writers, suggests Samuel R. Delany, “posit a normal world—a recognizable future—and then an alternative space, sometimes largely mental, but always materially manifested, that sits beside the real world, and in which language is raised to an extraordinarily lyric level . . . conflicts that begin in ordinary space are resolved in this linguistically intensified paraspace.” But do paraspaces exist only in the worlds of science fiction? Positioned between the semiotic, organic and technical registers, paraspace is a lyrical realm of heightened rhetoricity that draws from, but is not limited to, the language or methodology of any one of these systems. The notion of the paraspace offers entry into the domain of the speculative, structuring a nonhierarchical negotiation of space and place that is rife with possibility. Lying adjacent to the “real world,” paraspaces defamiliarize our routine conditions of intelligibility and draw attention to the significance of imagination, which, in turn, influences our ability to theorize. From the cyberspace of the digital posthuman to the dream space of psychoanalysis, paraspaces are all around us. If the concept of the paraspace contains possibilities for resolving real-world and theoretical conflicts, how might these spaces shape or inform discourse in the present? In what ways might a detour through paraspace offer new conditions of possibility in a historical moment of unprecedented urgency?

We are seeking paper presentations and panel proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences that consider the existence and effects of paraspaces in a range of discourses, including but not limited to literary narratives, graphic narratives, historical and current events, film and television productions, video games, and other digital media.

Presentation and panel topics might consider paraspaces in connection with:

The Anthropocene
Articulation Theory and Practice
(Dis)ability and (Dis)embodiment
Fandom and Reception Theory
Feminist Theory/Practice
Global and Local Politics
Heterotopias and “Spaces Otherwise”
Nationhood and Transnationalism
Queer Identities
Safe Spaces

Submission Guidelines: To propose a 20-minute presentation or full panel, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words as a Word document to Include your name, contact information, and university affiliation in your email and your abstract heading.

Deadline for Submission: 1 September 2016.

Invitations to participate will be issued by 12 September 2016.

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