Conference announcement

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Wed Oct 13 07:13:19 MDT 1999



WHO COUNTS?
What Counts and How?

The Ninth Annual Cultural Studies Symposium
March 9-11, 2000
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

CALL FOR PAPERS

NEW DEADLINE: 15 November 1999

"What is good appears, and what appears is good."  - Guy Debord, The
Society of Spectacle

PLENARY SPEAKERS:

Peter Linebaugh, author, The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in
18th Century England; co-author, The Many-Headed Hydra: The Origins of
the Terraqueous Working Class (forthcoming).

Jamie Owen Daniel, co-editor, Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch

Theodore W. Allen, author, The Invention of the White Race (2 vol.)

FICTION READING:

Jewell Parker Rhodes, author, Magic City and Voodoo Dreams.

THE CONFERENCE:

The Kansas State University Program in Cultural Studies invites paper or
panel proposals for its annual symposium, the longest continuing cultural
studies conference in the nation.  (But who's counting?)  All disciplinary
perspectives, including both the empirical and the theoretical, all
historical topics and periods, and all subjects artistic and nonartistic,
are welcome.  A special invitation is extended to interdisciplinary work
and innovative formats.

THE TOPIC:

The Year 2000 census in the U.S., with its debate about "sampling,"
raises important issues specific to the historical moment, but also
broader cultural issues as well.  The invisibility of the homeless or of
minorities, for instance, may occur at the levels of both literal
representation or of political discourse, with important effects from
either.  The conference will explore the policies and practices of the
culture of counting in all its forms, exploring who counts and how, who's
counting and why.

ABSTRACTS:

Proposals should be limited to one page, single-spaced abstracts, which
should be sent to:

Director of the Program in Cultural Studies
Department of English
Denison Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS  66506
FAX: 785-532-2192
Inquiries by email (csdirector at ksu.edu)or telephone (785-532-6716).

SUGGESTED TOPICS OR AREAS:

- the census, sampling, representation, political boundaries, population &
growth
- polling, voting, opinion weighing, media representation, market
surveying
- ideological assumptions in empirical research & investigation,
statistical study & measurement
- civic development, housing, transportation, construction
- recovered histories, peoples, narratives, testimony
- homelessness, immigration, spectacular vs. unspectacular violence
- business and corporate culture, efficiency and downsizing, the
workplace,  affirmative action, quotas
- invisibility, marginality, valued and unvalued experience
- alternative music, art, literature, awards, honors, censorship & self
censorship
- invisible sexuality, transgender, nontraditional families
- canonicity debates, ratings, "top" lists, the artworld
- beans in academia: grades, tests, merit, evaluation, tenure, rank,
stratification,  institutional prestige
- unequal "globalization" and "periphery," worthy and unworthy victims,
trade  wars
- the public intellectual vs. the rest of us


Louis Proyect

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