[Msa-discuss] CFP: Pataphysics Then & Now - Edited Volume

Katie Price klprice at sas.upenn.edu
Wed Dec 3 17:44:57 EST 2014

Contributions are sought for PATAPHYSICS THEN & NOW, a collection of essays
edited by Michael R. Taylor (Dartmouth) and Katie L. Price (U Toronto).

PATAPHYSICS THEN & NOW will bring together the best recent scholarship
about pataphysics—“the science of imaginary solutions” invented by Alfred
Jarry (1873-1907)—with special attention to its interdisciplinary and
global influence. The volume will engage the topic of pataphysics from a
wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, from
literature, art, theatre and music, to philosophy, digital humanities,
media studies, and the history of science. Pataphysics has, until recently,
been a relatively neglected topic that is nevertheless crucial to
understanding a particular strain of experimentation that combines science,
the arts, and humor. Tracing the influence of pataphysics asks fundamental
questions of the field of modern and contemporary studies by challenging
distinctions between the modern and the postmodern; high and low culture;
the serious and the comic. The collection aims to provide an overview of
how pataphysics has influenced a variety of avant-gardes and artistic
practices that are not limited to one region or discipline. These essays
will reach beyond the geographic and cultural boundaries normally
associated with pataphysics to establish a theory of diverse pataphysical
practices. The collection has already received interest from a university
press. Topics may include, though are not limited to: the works of Alfred
Jarry, translation, experimental music, film, architecture, theatre,
Oulipo, pataphysical societies and institutes, material culture, history of
ideas, and digital humanities.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and current CV to Katie Price at
price.katiel at gmail.com no later than *January 15th, 2015. *Notifications of
interest will be emailed by the end of January. First drafts of essays
(6,000-8,000 words, including notes) will be due on *April 30th, 2015. *

*Michael R. Taylor* is the Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth
College. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth in August 2011, Dr. Taylor
served as the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he worked for more than fifteen years. A
highly regarded curator, author, and expert on modern and contemporary art,
he is an eminent scholar of Dada and Surrealism with a focus on the art of
Marcel Duchamp. He is the author of *Thomas Chimes: Adventures in
’Pataphysics* (2007), and his book, *Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnés *(2009),
won the George Wittenborn Prize and was awarded first prize for best museum
permanent collection catalogue by the American Association of Art Museum
Curators. A native of London, England, Dr. Taylor received Master of Arts
degrees from both the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the
Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He also received his PhD at the
Courtauld Institute.

*Katie L. Price *is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the
Humanities at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of
Toronto. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with
the dissertation,* “The Tangential Point”: Pataphysical Practice in Postwar
Poetry. *Her writing has appeared in such publications as *Canadian
Literature, *the *Journal of Medical Humanities, Fence, *and *Jacket2, *where
she serves as Interviews Editor. In 2014, she was the lead organizer
of *Philadelphia
à la Pataphysique, *an arts festival that explored the influence of
pataphysics through film screenings, multiple exhibitions, readings, live
performances, and an academic conference. She is currently organizing a
panel on Alfred Jarry’s Legacies for NeMLA in 2015.
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