Call for papers:
The graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine invite submissions for its annual conference, "Play: Towards a Critical Concept."
April 4-5, 2008
Because play is found undecideably split between the boundary of seriousness and unseriousness, it thus remains for us an ambiguous concept. It is often associated with frivolity, waste, and childishness, and in this way becomes a dismissed or marginalized concept. At the same time, however, it has also been intimately connected with creativity, diplomacy, and the sacred. We ask to what extent play can become a critical point of engagement in the fields of critical theory, literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and rhetoric. In what ways can play intersect, intervene, and inform the critique of politics, culture, and society?
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
The deadline for the submission of 250-word abstract is February 15, 2008. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length. Send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, email address, institution and phone number with the abstract.
Conference sponsorship generously provided by the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, French, German, and Anthropology, the International Center for Writing and Translation, the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the Critical Theory Emphasis and Critical Theory Institute, Postmodern Culture, the Associated Graduate Students, the Humanities Center, and the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies.