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    ... From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Sent: 2/24/2001 2:42 AM Subject: Boas-Benedict Conference Call for Papers (Columbia U)
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      From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Sent: 2/24/2001 2:42 AM
      Subject: Boas-Benedict Conference Call for Papers (Columbia U)

      CALL FOR PAPERS

      The Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York, NY
      invites submissions for the 2001 Boas-Benedict Conference, entitled
      "Sense/Nonsense: Unmaking Language"
      April 14-15, 2001

      Deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 20, 2001

      Since the "linguistic turn" in anthropology, a linguistic or symbolic
      model
      has emerged as a prevalent model for understanding "culture" and the
      social
      writ large.  This conference proposes to explore the borders of this
      model
      for knowledge, the guarded line struck between sense and nonsense that
      makes
      our knowledge tenable.   The point is not to debunk the implications
      that
      anthropology's "linguistic turn" has generated for our knowledge, in as
      much
      as it is to adequately come to terms with the ontological implications
      that
      the recourse to language, broadly understood, might entail, indeed might
      be
      made possible by.

      The conference is an invitation to think the nature of the sovereignty
      of
      language/the symbolic in the constitution of our "sense" of the world.
      What
      are the limitations of what we generally understand by a linguistic or
      symbolic construction of the world?  What problems plague this
      particular
      understanding in the social sciences?  In other words, notwithstanding
      the
      political and ethical relevance and purchase of this approach to
      knowledge,
      what are the issues with which it cannot necessarily engage?  Crucially,
      is
      it possible that the very materiality of our existence relates to us, or
      communicates with us, in a manner that is not reducible to what the
      terms of
      an analytic of language/symbolic make available for us?  How do we make
      sense of that "murmur" (in Foucualt's sense of the word) that is not the
      putative language of language?

      What, then, does it mean to have a "sense" of something otherwise than
      linguistic/symbolic?  Is such a sense "always already" linguistically
      constructed or is it ever given over to us with an immediacy that does
      not
      necessarily call upon language? If so, what is the nature of this
      immediacy?
      Further, in this scheme, what is the status of what might tentatively be
      called nonsense (non-sense)? That is to say, how can we think, talk,
      imagine
      a 'sense' and/or 'non-sense' not already locatable within - that might
      even
      challenge - linguistic, symbolic, cultural structures and structurings
      of
      meanings?

      Topics to consider for this conference include:
      · the ways in which sense and nonsense interrupt the play of
      signification
      in instances of shock, trauma, and mental illness, for example;
      · what relationships attain between the linguistic/symbolic and the
      corporeal/visceral/material;
      · what do we mean when we use "experience" as a category;
      · translation and un-translatability;
      · the relationship between sensory perception and representation;
      · the role of sense and nonsense in performances (ritual, theatre,
      music,
      etc.);
      · the analysis of  "habit," "commonsense," "the everyday," and
      "discipline";
      · the limits of language and language of limits;
      · are anthropology and other social sciences in any way equipped to
      enable
      us to engage with this problematic?

      Please send 250 word abstracts by March 20, 2001 to:

      ATTN: Boas Benedict Conference
      Department of Anthropology
      Columbia University
      452 Schermerhorn Ext.
      New York, NY  10027

      Or, email abstracts as attachments to gg97@....

      Please direct all questions to Goutam Gajula (gg97@...) or
      Vishnupad Mishra (mv208@...).

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