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Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power 27 novembre 2013

Call for Proposals for the Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US). Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power. University of Utah, Salt Lake City May 29-31, 2014.
November 27: Submission System Opens
January 7: Submissions due
February 10: Notifications sent out

Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power
The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals from its current and future members for participation in its twelfth annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Everyone cares about the environment these days, but what does it mean to speak of ecology? Network and systems theories suggest complex approaches to questions of culture and ecology. Assemblage theories explode stable conceptions of locality, sociality, and the human. We speak of programming environments, learning environments, media ecologies, organizational ecologies, digital ecologies, ecologies of resistance, ecologies of play, flows of information, nodal points of power, and open-source ecologies of collaboration and collective action. We mobilize ecological discourse as a means of understanding and challenging the material formations of power that discipline raced, gendered, sexed, and classed bodies. These discourses and processes create an ecology of meaning that informs how we talk about and understand our environments.

The theme of the 2014 Cultural Studies Association meeting, “Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power,” prompts inquiries into how environmental factors and ecological discourses shape conceptions of culture, matter, and power, and how these factors and discourses are shaped by forces of history and globalization. The theme also invites us to re-imagine the gathering as an ecology in its own right: an assemblage of cultural critics and producers. This year’s conference aims to provide spaces for the cross-pollination of art, activism, pedagogy, design, and research by bringing together participants from a variety of positions inside and outside the university. While formal academic papers will be accepted, we encourage contributors to experiment with alternative formats that challenge traditional disciplinary formations or exclusionary conceptions of the academic.

Proposals from all areas and on all topics of relevance to cultural studies are welcome, but preference will be given to proposals that critically and creatively engage this year's theme. Proposal topics might include, but should not be limited to:
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