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FW: Darwinism and Other Scientific Paradigms in Literary Study (4/17/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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  • Tom Dolack
    Sorry for the following barrage, I m catching up on such things. TD ... From: owner-cfp@lists.sas.upenn.edu [mailto:owner-cfp@lists.sas.upenn.edu] On Behalf Of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2007
      Sorry for the following barrage, I'm catching up on such things.
      TD

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      On Behalf Of Peter Paik
      Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 11:37 AM
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      Subject: CFP: Darwinism and Other Scientific Paradigms in Literary Study
      (4/17/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

      Science and Fiction: Un/natural Selection and Post/human Futures
      A Permanent Section of the MMLA

      49th Annual M/MLA Convention
      November 8-11, 2007
      The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
      Cleveland, Ohio

      This panel focuses upon the implications of scientific and economic
      paradigms for the study of literature and culture. Which principles
      from science or economics best account for artistic and political
      innovations? How is it that certain ideas, such as the free market,
      become "naturalized," and how does this process impact the critiques
      launched by its opponents? How does the survival of the fittest,
      which is taken as a universal law within capitalism, affect the
      conduct of intellectual life in the academy? Is academic rigor
      ultimately Darwinian in being exclusionary? Did New Critical memes
      end up becoming vanquished by post-structuralist memes? If so, what
      new theoretical or methodological memes might be waiting on the
      horizon? If nature is a constructed category, what are the laws or
      principles that constrain or govern the construction of nature,
      whether in the mapping of virtual worlds, the ecology of computer
      viruses, or genetic engineering?

      We welcome presentations on such topics as

      * states of nature reconsidered (Hobbes, Rousseau, Lao-Tse)
      * Darwinism, memes, and literary/cultural criticism
      * cultural capital and the survival of the fittest
      * speculating about theory: intellectual trends seen through the futures
      market
      * the revolutionary aesthetics of world creation (Alexandre Kojève,
      Boris Groys on socialist realism, Plato, etc.)
      * representations of posthuman bio-technologies (Margaret Atwood,
      Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard, Michel Houellebecq,
      China Miéville, Hideaki Anno, etc.)
      * realism in the posthuman era
      * science as fundamentalism
      * modernity as demonology
      * consumerism as cannibalism
      * Lust and Unlust: designing artificial worlds beyond the pleasure principle
      * theories of emergence and complexity
      * climate change, peak oil, and the end(s) of progress

      Please send 1-page proposals to Peter Y. Paik (pypaik@...) by April 16.

      Peter Y. Paik
      Assistant Professor
      French, Italian and Comparative Literature
      University of Wisconsin
      Box 413
      Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413


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      Peter Y. Paik
      Assistant Professor
      French, Italian and Comparative Literature
      University of Wisconsin
      Box 413
      Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

      Tel. 414-229-6299
      Fax 414-229-2939

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