Call for Papers
Ninth Annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference and Workshop at the
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
March 31 – April 1, 2017
Guilty Pleasures and Confessional Spaces:
Storytelling and the Digital Dionysus
Keynote lecture to be delivered by: Dr. Mona Holmlund, Dalhousie University
Although cultural conceptions of shame, punishment, and voyeuristic pursuits have reconfigured themselves across different eras and cultures, the inherent and hidden pleasures of transgression remain—linking desires, actions, and modes of thought. Individual pleasures stand in stark contrast to socially defined constructions of guilt and shame—particularly in the generation of postmemory. Palimpsestic experiences of trauma, pain, and the past continue to shape our memories, expectations, and how we communicate. These recurring themes and the strictures that legislate how pleasure is performed in public and private spaces can shape the pleasures we derive from transgressing them.
This conference seeks to interrogate the implicit and explicit relationships between the crimes we commit, the structures we violate, and the stories we tell. Specifically, we intend to investigate the notion of space—both imaginary and concretely defined—and the role it plays in shaping contemporary discourses of pleasure and punishment. Additionally, this conference will engage with these discourses in the age of information. How does this liminal space—an online bacchanalia of obscured identities, open transgression of social and cultural norms, and hidden impulses writ large—function as a construct that facilitates unique and revolutionary means of seeing and communicating on a global level?
Possible session topics include but are not limited to:
Please send a 500 word abstract along with a brief biographical statement, in a separate document, to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by February 3, 2017.
You can also visit our webpage for additional information about the conference: (check for updates). Note: Housing available with graduate students and limited travel funding may be also available, please inquire!