CFP: Innovations and Anxieties

Innovations and Anxieties
University of Rhode Island
Graduate Conference
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Deadline for receipt of proposals is February 15, 2012

Innovations cross a multitude of interdependent fields: aesthetic, scientific, technological, historical, informational, educational, political, and ethical. Across these fields, innovation cleaves fault lines between, for instance, the hope for cosmopolitan betterment and the politico-economic success of an isolated few; between the possible formation of open, more egalitarian social relations and the breakdown or deformation of normative modes of relation; between the anticipation of solutions to pressing problems and the inequalities, violences, and injustices caused by these solutions. This year the URI Graduate Conference title, Innovations and Anxieties, captures the dynamic negotiations that are and have been possible within and across these fault lines. It asks:

  • What have innovations enabled or disabled?
  • What traces or tracks do innovations leave behind?
  • What sort of futures might innovation prefigure?
  • What histories or continuities will have been possible in the wake of innovation?
  • How might innovations inspire praise and critique, hope and fear, promise and imbalance, progress and diversion, quietude and combat, tranquility and anxiety?

Graduate students are invited to submit papers, panels, or creative works that attend to these and other questions in a variety of fields: history, film, philosophy, languages, literature, political science, rhetoric and composition, communications, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, medicine, women’s studies, technology, visual and media studies, library and information studies, (though not limited to these fields).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • gender and transexuality
  • digitization
  • workplace technologies
  • robotics, cyborgs
  • social networking
  • globalization
  • sustainability
  • multiliteracies
  • online media
  • textiles and manufacturing
  • outsourcing
  • critical theories
  • architecture, planning design
  • modernization, invention

For more information and submission directions, please visit the conference website.

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