The Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of
Rochester is hosting its Graduate Student Conference on
Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2003. Please post and
distribute the following call for papers.

Thank you,
Leanne Gilbertson
ôCasting Doubtö Conference Coordinator
University of Rochester


The Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University
of Rochester presents:

A Graduate Conference
Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5, 2003

CASTING DOUBT is an interdisciplinary graduate student
conference exploring the phenomena of calling things into
question.  It seeks to understand the multiple dimensions of
doubting as a lived reality, an historical moment, a liminal
state, a political position, and an ethical imperative.

Responding both to an official cultural climate which
vehemently chastises voices of dissent, and to a growing
intellectual interest in emotional experiences of all kinds,
this conference seeks to pry open and discover spaces of
doubt in an effort to consider their multiple meanings,
modes, aesthetics, and impacts.  CASTING DOUBT can then be
approached as a timely, collective meditation on the
potential value of uncertainty.

We invite proposals from across disciplines, research
interests, and theoretical persuasions.  Possible areas of
inquiry might include, but are not limited to:

▀ Radical Doubt
▀ Visualizing Doubt
▀ Suspicious Minds & Reasonable Doubt
▀ Crisis of Doubt
▀ Doubting the Normal
▀ Doubt and Knowledge
▀ Doubtful Science
▀ Historical Doubts
▀ Self Doubt
▀ Philosophy of Doubt
▀ Ethnography of Everyday Doubt
▀ Performing Doubt: Hoaxes, Frauds & Cons

***DEADLINE for submissions: JANUARY 12, 2003***

Submissions for 20-minute papers should be in abstract form
(250-500 words). A self-addressed stamped envelope must
accompany all submissions requiring return. Please include
e-mail addresses with all submissions whenever possible.

Abstracts and inquiries may be sent via e-mail to:
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Printed submissions should be posted to:

Organizing Committee for "Casting Doubt"
c/o Program in Visual and Cultural Studies
424 Morey Hall
University of Rochester
Box 270456
Rochester, NY


The Program in Visual and Cultural Studies is an
interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of
Rochester. Its focus is visual culture and critical theory;
the Departments and Programs of Art and Art History,
English, Film Studies, Anthropology, History, and Modern
Languages and Cultures, as well as the Susan B. Anthony
Institute for Women's Studies, constitute its academic base.
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