7/1/2020 – CFP: “Camp/camp: the collision of style and biopolitics”

What, when & where

Camp/camp: the collision of style and biopolitics

The Department of Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, and The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University invite abstracts for the 22nd annual Graduate Student Conference on “Camp/camp,” which will be taking place March 26-28, 2020.

The ambiguous nature of ‘camp’ means that it summons different meanings dependent on one’s frame of reference. Camp as sensibility is described by Susan Sontag as using artifice and exaggeration to “convert the serious into the frivolous—these are grave matters” (1). A grave matter, indeed, when we consider the implications of covering over matters of biopolitics and totalitarianism with the study of aesthetics. Thus, to contrast the study of camp with the study of the camp, as exemplified by the work of Giorgio Agamben, is to reveal the intimate relationship between aesthetics and biopolitics. Following Agamben, we contend that the body is reduced to ‘bare life’ in the camp, “the space that is opened up when the state of exception begins to become the rule” (Agamben 168). Today, camp as sensibility and camp as the biopolitical are both ingrained in our current cultural moment as an aesthetics of distraction: we watch the MET Gala, binge RuPaul’s Drag Race and Queer Eye, and obsess over Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand; at the same time children are locked in cages by ICE, we debate the refugee crisis, and conflict continues in places like Hong Kong, Catalonia, and the Middle East, as captured by Marjane Satrapi’s graphic autobiography, Persepolis (2000).

Although a definition of camp as an aesthetic mode often seems elusive, it is something which is found almost everywhere in our contemporary culture. Moreover, the contrast of the camp as a philosophical concept widens the scope of the culture of camp and brings together the intersection of the serious with the frivolous in ways that expose the binary. Camp exposes the dichotomies of art/kitsch and natural/artifice. This can take the form of examining literature, such as the carnivalesque-grotesque in Medieval, Early Modern, and Enlightenment literatures, for example Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel which makes use of scatological imagery in relation to the body politic. Many genres of literature employ biopolitical elements, especially science fiction, horror, speculative fiction, and trauma literature. In fact, Holocaust literature has itself become its own category, ranging from autobiographical works, such as Primo Levi’s If This is a Man (1947), Art Spiegelman’s Maus I & II (1980), and The Diary of Anne Frank (1947), to novels like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2006).

Indigenous Canadian art and literature often combine these concepts with the biopolitical, such as in the art and performance of Cree artist Kent Monkman and his alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, whose work juxtaposes trauma with queer aesthetic performances interrupting idyllic vistas of Canada. The contrast between kitsch and camp also emerges in the literary works of Indigenous authors such as Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, Tomson Highway, and Joshua Whitehead, whose novels and poetry impress on the reader the importance of rebelling against the colonial body politic. On the other hand, distinct Canadian landmarks have also been tainted by a camp sensibility, as seen in Henry Hathaway’s Niagara (1953) starring  Marilyn Monroe.

Camp is also sensed through the work of many filmmakers, such as in Pedro Almodóvar’s signature style, where camp meets high art and has been popular from the 1960s through to the present. Other Hollywood films and Broadway productions have long embraced camp sensibility in many classic films such as Barbarella (1968), Valley of the Dolls (1967), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Billy Elliot (2000). Many of these classics also embrace the tyrannical nature of biopolitics that deal with issues in sexuality, disease, abortion, mental illness, and drug use.

Deadline & how to apply

Formal papers should be designed to be delivered in no more than 20 minutes. Please send ~300 word abstracts, along with a 50 word biography, to gradconference2020@gmail.com by January 7, 2020. The abstracts should also include the following information: Presenter’s short biography (50 words), affiliation (Department and University), a presentation title, and an indication of any special media or other requirements.

Other info, Links & conditions

Conference queries should be sent to gradconference2020@gmail.com. Please also visit gradconference2020.home.blog for more information and updates, or follow us on twitter @camp_uwo

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The History Graduate Student Organization at Kansas State University is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Flint Hills History Conference in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday April 18, 2020.  This conference serves as an opportunity for graduate students from the Flint Hills region and beyond to gain valuable experience presenting their original research in a friendly, low-pressure environment while still meeting rigorous academic standards. The theme of this year’s conference will be “2020 Vision: Writing Tomorrow’s History Today.”  Applicants are asked to submit proposals for presentations regarding scholarly work that makes the best use of modern research and presentation techniques, or research on a historical topic that may shed light on current events.  Graduate students in non-history fields may also apply if their work is relevant to the conference theme.

27/11/2019 – CFP: Woman Questions: Margaret Fuller and Louisa May Alcott in Their Time

In this year of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the US, the Fuller and Alcott Societies invite your participation in the Thoreau Gathering (July 8-12, 2020 in Concord, MA)Our focus will be on gender as part of the Gathering’s larger theme of “Thoreau and Diversity: People, Principles, Politics.”  What did Thoreau’s two most famous female contemporaries in the Concord circle have to say to him, to each other, or to their larger worlds about changing the legal and human status of women? 
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31/05/2020 – CFP: (De)automating the Future

Call for Papers
Tentative Title: (De)automating the Future Technology, it often seems, is our fate. Not only has capitalism’s fossil fuel-based industrialization led to global warming; for many on both sides of the political spectrum the only solution to climate change and other societal problems, such as world hunger and poverty, appears in the form of further technological “innovation.” The future—if there is to be one— seems to belong to technological systems that delegate collective political responsibility to machines and to a class alliance of capitalists and engineers. Leggi tutto “31/05/2020 – CFP: (De)automating the Future”

16/12/2019 – CFP: Conference “Authority and Trust: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”

Conference “Authority and Trust: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”

June 25–27, 2020, Heidelberg Center for American Studies

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30/11/2019 – CFP: American Identities

“Res Rhetorica” is a peer-reviewed open access quarterly academic journal (ISSN 2392-3113) indexed in Scopus, Web of Science and ERIH Plus. Its scope includes both theories of rhetoric and practices of persuasive communication. Read more (previous issues):
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WHAT, WHEN & WHERE

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