CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE: Transitions & Transgressions - 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

April 7, 2017 to April 8, 2017
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CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections of critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year’s conference will explore the boundaries that can both challenge and facilitate fluidity within interdisciplinary scholarship through an inquiry into transitions and transgressions.

Transition: To change from one form, state, style, or place to another.

Transgression:  A violation of a law, principle, or duty. The exceeding of due bounds or limits.

Transgression concerns violation and trespass, the capacity to disturb and subvert mores, themselves products of systemic and symbolic power. Transition implies movement, liminality, and states of becoming. Liminality, in particular, has been associated with processes of identity formation, as well as feelings of ambiguity and ambivalence. While transitions and transgressions can be uncomfortable, threatening, and even disruptive, they also serve as subversive and powerful acts, capable of facilitating both creativity and social change. On the other hand, transitions can seem smooth and subtle, yet still have palpable effects upon the people, places, and ideas involved.

Consequently, transitions and transgressions reveal the fissures, sutures, and eruptions of the in-between as well as the possibilities that these disturbances reveal. We seek submissions that prompt investigation into the transitional/transgressive acts that both connect and sever disciplines, departments, institutions, cultures, communities, systems, and conceptual categories. How can scholarship instigate, repair, or make use of the transitions and transgressions within these physical and conceptual spaces and communities?

We encourage diverse explorations of this question and welcome traditional scholarly papers, poster exhibitions, pre-made panels and roundtables, as well as submissions of film, video, music, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, artists’ books, theater, and performance.

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