[csaa-forum] Irigaray Conference ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: 31st May 2014
tania.lewis at rmit.edu.au
Wed Feb 19 11:55:47 CST 2014
Note extended deadline for this conference.
Topologies of Sexual Difference
Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday 10 December to Friday 12 December 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: 31st May 2014
The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT University,
Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the Victorian College of the
Arts, University of Melbourne, will host an interdisciplinary conference
inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference. This will
be the seventh meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The overall theme for
the conference will be "Topologies of Sexual Difference."
In order to think and to experience sexual difference, Irigaray suggests
that the Western tradition's conception of space and time could be
reconsidered. There are at least three senses of topologies we seek to
address: as the places in which bodies are and become, as ideal spaces of
conceptualization, and as the designation of specific contexts. These
contexts include, but are not limited to sexuality, "race"/ethnicity,
gender, class, posthumanism and the animal, new materialisms, and
We welcome engagements with topologies after Irigaray in fields such as
politics, philosophy, aesthetics, visual culture, linguistics, literature,
media and cultural studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, music, sound
studies, architecture, education and legal studies.
The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
Professor Elizabeth Grosz, Duke University, USA
Professor Pheng Cheah, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Further keynote speaker to be announced.
In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will organize parallel
sessions and an exhibition of visual art. Abstracts (200 words max.) are
sought for papers proposed for the parallel sessions (20 minute paper/10
minute discussion). Please send the abstract of the paper as an email
attachment ("doc"). Proposals for the exhibition must include visual
support material, submitted via jpegs (low res) and/or urls. Please provide
an accompanying abstract (200 words max) and short description of support
Abstracts and exhibition materials should be formatted for anonymous
review. The author's contact details should be provided in the body of the
email. Please indicate "Irigaray Circle 2014 Submission" in the heading of
the email message.
All submissions must be received by May 31st, 2014.
Submit abstracts and exhibition proposals to: irigaray14 at gmail.com
We welcome submissions from graduate students as well as faculty. Authors
will be notified on whether or not your abstract has been accepted for the
conference within two weeks of submission. If you require an earlier
confirmation of acceptance for funding purposes, please contact the
In addition, the Irigaray Circle will sponsor the 6th annual Karen Burke
Memorial Prize, awarded to the best paper submitted by a graduate student
or recent PhD. The winner of the competition will give the Karen Burke
Memorial Prize Lecture at a plenary session of the 2014 conference.
Complete papers should be submitted to irigaray06 at gmail.com by 31st May
Information about conference registration will be posted by 30th April 2014.
Dr Rebecca Hill (RMIT)
Dr Louise Burchill (VCA at the University of Melbourne)
Caroline Phillips (VCA at the University of Melbourne)
For further information please contact the conference organizers at
irigaray14 at gmail.com
Associate Professor Tania Lewis
Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow
School of Media & Communication
Building 36.3.7 City Campus
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001
ph: +61 3 9925 2406
fax: +61 3 9639 1685
email: tania.lewis at rmit.edu.au
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