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"Barry J. Faulk" <[log in to unmask]>
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 Deadline for Abstracts has been extended to November 1, 2006.

 Please circulate widely:

The 32nd Annual FSU Conference on Literature and Film

Cosmopolitanism: Thinking Beyond the Nation

February 1-4, 2007
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Keynote Speakers:
  a.. Timothy Brennan, Professor, Departments of English and Cultural
Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
  b.. Pheng Cheah, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of
California, Berkeley
  c.. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Associate Professor of Modern Culture and Media,
Brown University
  d.. Patrice Petro, Director of the Center for International Studies and
Professor of English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  e.. Screening, TBA

In his introduction to Cosmopolitics, Pheng Cheah writes, "The main purpose
is to explore the feasibility of cosmopolitanism as an alternative to
nationalism." Indeed, ever since Kant, the concept of cosmopolitanism has
been central to thinking about social relations, culture, and the problem of
war outside of the relations of the nation-state. As the nation-state has
organized the fields of literary and cinema studies as well as the broader
field of culture, questioning such categorization is crucial, as it opens up
new ways of thinking about literary and filmic production as part of a
larger context of interaction. It can also account for novel ways of
describing the field of contemporary knowledge and experience.

The question of the nation seems particularly important now because of two
main transformations on the world scene: (1) economic globalization, in
which the category of the nation-state is only one among many of possible
identifications and sites of transaction, and (2) the growing inevitability
of perpetual war (what Kant called "perpetual peace") and the endless
expansion of global militarisms. Is cosmopolitanism just another form of
elitism that re-inscribes social hierarchies, or does it provide an opening
for new alliances? What new cultural formations, social networks, and
institutional structures have arisen, both now and historically, in response
to what Bruce Robbins called "the moral and cultural existence of
non-citizens"? What resistances to global capitalism and global warfare
might fall outside of such liberal solutions as the nationalized welfare
state, nativism, or local communitarianism? In what ways do the current
circulations of language systems, aesthetic orders, semiotic codes, national
identities, and genres in film and literature transcend economics and
politics formerly envisioned in national terms?

Possible topics include:
  a.. Marxist Internationalism in Contemporary Context
  b.. The Global Corporate Class
  c.. The Worldwide Proletariat Class
  d.. Civil Society
  e.. Race
  f.. Translation Studies
  g.. Migration
  h.. Immigration
  i.. Tourism
  j.. Labor
  k.. Borders and Border Crossings
  l.. Professionalism
  m.. Feminism
  n.. Global Hollywood
  o.. Modernism
  p.. Urbanization
  q.. Human Rights
  r.. Citizenship
  s.. National and Transnational Cinemas and Literatures
  t.. Consumption
  u.. Imperialism
  v.. Totalitarianism
  w.. Outsourcing
  x.. Global Markets for Film & Literature
  y.. New Media
  z.. The Intelligentsia
  aa.. The Age of the World Picture
  ab.. Cinema and the City

2007 Conference directors:
  a.. Robin Truth Goodman: [log in to unmask]
  b.. Barry J. Faulk: [log in to unmask]
  c.. Maricarmen Martinez: [log in to unmask]
  d.. Frank P. Tomasulo: [log in to unmask]

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