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Call for papers: Limits and extensions of the subject in contemporary Iberian Culture

The University of Cambridge is calling for papers for the conference 'Limits and extensions of the subject in contemporary Iberian Culture' taking place at the Fitzwillian College on 16-17 July 2017. Suggestions for 20-minute long proposals in English, Spanish, Catalan or Portuguese are invited. Deadline 19 February.


'Limits and extensions of the subject in contemporary Iberian Culture
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
15-16 July 2017


Organisers:
Fitzwilliam College | LiCETC Group (Literatura Contemporània: Estudis Teòrics i Comparatius), Universitat de les Illes Balears, as part of the research project New Subjects in Contemporary Catalan Creation (FFI2015-65110-P).
Contact: limitsandextensions@gmail.com

Call for Papers (Deadline 19 February)

"The notion of the subject has a long tradition in the fields of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies. Broadly, the subject can be identified with the genesis of desires, feelings, thoughts, and actions – always modelled by cultural, moral, socioeconomic, psychic and biological discourses. Various schools of thought associate the subject with more specific elements: psychoanalysis emphasises the notions of pulsation, identification and desire, while cultural studies is particularly interested in the subject’s (dis)connection with power. In the Humanities, the subject has walked a discontinuous path: from the hegemony granted by Decartes’ cogito and the rationalist thinkers to the dissolution brought about by post-structuralism. However, in the course of the last decades some aspects of the subject have been restored: as subaltern and gender studies have shown, in discourse, the subject has unfolded as the enunciator who has access to spheres previously vetoed; in technology, the emergence of digital identities has generated new places of enunciation and reception; whereas various disciplines and methodologies such as theories of emotion, posthumanism and animal studies have problematised the limits of humanness.

Suggestions for 20-minute long methodological approaches, comparative analysis or (theoretically based) case studies in English, Spanish, Catalan or Portuguese are invited on the topics below:

 pragmatic figurations of the subject
 subject-object relations
 subject and affect
 intimacy, extimacy and subjectivation
 the representation of the migrant subject: subalternity and hegemony
 the boundary between the human and the non-human
 the representation of the relationship between individual and collective

Proposals (title, brief abstract of no more than 250 words and academic afiliation) should be sent via email to limitsandextensions@gmail.com before 1 February 2017. Notifications of paper acceptance will be sent before the end of March. A selection of the papers presented is expected to be published.

Conference fees and practical information will be circulated in future communications.

Information source: Fitzwilliam College - New Subjects in Contemporary Catalan Creation
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