[Msa-discuss] reminder Emancipation and the Temporality of the Body Trieste deadline March 15

mena.mitrano at tin.it mena.mitrano at tin.it
Wed Mar 13 16:23:46 EDT 2013


 Dear All,

this is to remind you that the deadline to submit proposals on the topic of "Emancipation and the Temporality of the Body," for the  International AISNA Conference in Trieste, is March 15! Thank you.

22nd AISNA Biennial Conference
Trieste, 19-21 September 2013
Emancipation and the temporality of the body
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Coordinators: David Ayers (University of Kent, UK) and Mena Mitrano (Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center)
d.s.ayers at kent.ac.uk 
mena.mitrano at tin.it
 
This workshop is a forum for research on the body in the contexts of emancipation and liberation.
                The list of anniversaries marked by the 22nd AISNA conference--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.
Please send your proposal and a short bio to the panel coordinators and to the conference organizers:  Leonardo Buonomo (buonomo at units.it) and Elisabetta Vezzosi (Vezzosi at units.it), and Aisna’s secretary Carlo Martinez (segretario.aisna at unich.it) by 15 March 2013.
 
 
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