[Msa-discuss] CFP Emancipation and the Temporality of the Body/AISNA Conference Trieste

Mena Mitrano mmitrano at luc.edu
Wed Feb 6 02:37:25 EST 2013


AISNA: Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord Americani 
(Italian Association for North American Studies)
22nd AISNA Biennial Conference
Trieste, 19-21 September 2013

Workshop: Emancipation and the temporality of the body
Coordinators: David Ayers (University of Kent, UK) and Mena Mitrano
(John Felice Rome Center, Loyola University Chicago)
d.s.ayers at kent.ac.uk 
mmitrano at luc.edu

We invite papers for a workshop on “Emancipation and the temporality of
the body” to be held at the 22nd AISNA Biennial Conference in Trieste,
19-21 September. This workshop is a forum for research on the body in
the contexts of emancipation and liberation. We hope that it may be of
interest to some MSA members. 
The list of anniversaries marked by the 22nd conference of the Italian
Association for North American Studies--the 230th anniversary of the
Treaty of Paris, the 165th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention,
the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation proclamation, and the 50th
anniversary of the March on Washington--suggests a certain view of
history as the procession of an ever-multiplying number of subjects
emancipated from a naked life of material determinations to be given the
symbolic vesture of legal and political identity. In this workshop,
however, we examine the ways in which the sequential temporality of
history is made possible by another counter-historical temporality. In
radical mobilization, protests, insurrections, and other actions which
embody demands for change, the temporality of the body interrupts the
flow of historical time and asserts a different, arrested time. 
In contrast to any counter-hegemonic practice of resistance based on the
body is the experience of slavery in which subordinated bodies were
violently abstracted from historical time. This other current, in
dialectical relation to the temporality of anniversaries, actually
magnifies the centrality, within American history, of a
counter-historical arrested time without sequence and flow associated
with the subordinated body, and encourages further investigation of the
role of the body's conflicted position in the dialectic of enlightened
(sequential) time and traumatic (arrested) time.
In recent modernity, from the Cold War to the present, the body itself
has been identified as the site of political and utopian change. For
countercultures, the private body becomes the public site of a libidinal
economy parallel to new anti-patriarchal social relations (Marcuse).
Similarly, post-WW II aesthetic experiments, with their promise of
"total transformation" (Susan Sontag), and the critical and theoretical
turns that have followed (from Jean-Luc Nancy to Judith Butler, to
Agamben and Esposito, for instance), have been propelled by the position
of the body against history yet within history.
We invite papers that identify practices which rely on the body to
suspend, interrupt, alter the sequential temporality of emancipation. We
welcome contributions that meditate on the potential of the parallel,
supplementary, interfering temporality of the body, in any period of
U.S. history, whether in national or international, transnational, or
comparative perspectives, and from a variety of disciplines and/or
approaches including but not limited to literature, visual and
performing arts, philosophy, criticism and religious perspectives on the
body.
Presentation proposals (max 300 words) should reach the workshop
coordinators by 10 March 2013. 
Thank you.

d.s.ayers at kent.ac.uk 
mmitrano at luc.edu
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