Call for Papers- Crisis and Transformation

Rethinking Knowledges, Histories, Identities, Technologies

2016 ASPECT Graduate ConferenceFriday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural ThoughtLocation TBAVirginia Tech, Blacksburg, VAwww.aspect.vt.eduAcross disciplinary boundaries, the 2016 ASPECT graduate conference seeks to address crisis and transformation broadly defined. Graduate students of any level and irrespective of disciplinary affiliation are encouraged to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words based on papers that engage topics related to artistic, social, political, philosophical, cultural, theoretical, ethical, and critical concerns.Trajectories of inquiry may include theoretical, critical, empirical, policy-oriented, and performative explorations of crisis and/or transformation. Particularly, we invite papers that engage issues of interdisciplinary. We also welcome papers that emphasize nontraditional, marginalized, or non-heteronormative perspectives related to the conference theme.Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to: biopolitics and the body; issues of dis/ability; ecological/environmental boundaries; contemporary matters of financial governance; marterialities and subjectivities of things/objects; gender; geopolitics/international relations; identity politics; time and memory; marginalized knowledges; the question of modernity; approaches to non-conformism; non-violent versus violent forms of activism; moral and political philosophy; writing and history; patriotism/nationalism; religion and secularity; sexualities; critical security and critical terrorism studies; and violence and representation in the American polity. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Simon Stow, College of William and MaryDr. Ariana E. Vigil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill