CFP – Aesthetic Disorders (uChicago English)

Call for Papers and Contributions

Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of English at the University of Chicago, November 20-21, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Rankine, Henry G. Lee Professor of English, Pomona College With a public discussion conducted by Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, University of Chicago

Proposal submission deadline: July 25th, 2014

Consider the concussion, a sudden impact inducing a distortion of perception that might not be recognizable before it is diagnosed; or the commotion, a situation that appears as chaos before its content and contours get defined. What aesthetic forms emerge from an effort to work with and within such types of disorder?

For its autumn 2014 conference, the University of Chicago Department of English Language and Literature proposes to ponder what happens to composition, interpretation, and critique when their motivating impulse is less to organize and structure than to sense disorder. The project of this conference is to thus explore modes of aesthetic production located in the fissures or in periphery of projects of hegemonic or total social mapping (e.g. Marxism, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis, or, more recently, studies of surveillance, biopolitics, and grammatization). Questions include, but are not limited, to:

*   What is the role of sensing in aesthetic production (e.g. literary, visual, auditory, etc.)?

*   How does an aesthetic of disorder deal with the event implied by such phenomena as the concussion and the commotion?

*   How to approach an aesthetic of disorder when it fails to be reparative?

We invite graduate students and writers to present scholarly and artistic works of fiction, non-fiction, prose, or poetry (or some hybrid) touching on various historical periods and stemming from literary criticism; poetry, poetics, and poiesis; media studies, art history; anthropology; cultural studies; critical theory; or other relevant fields of inquiry. Please submit 250-300-word abstracts for 20-minute presentations to<> by July 25th, 2014. Include a title as well as your full contact information and institutional affiliation.

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The Professor Is In: The Curse of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

I always hear that universities are looking for interdisciplinarity, but I’m getting an interdisciplinary Ph.D., and I’m not having much luck so far. Does my choice complicate my job search?


The fact is: There are far fewer interdisciplinary departments than there are traditional disciplinary ones. If your Ph.D. is from an interdisciplinary department (like, say, my old departments of East Asian languages and cultures), then you end up with a Ph.D. that is not 100-percent “legible,” from a disciplinary standpoint, to folks in many of the departments who might hire you.


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Summer 2014 deadlines

N.B.: All proposals should be submitted to your individual committee members for their approval at least one week before the submission deadline. Otherwise, you cannot expect faculty members to read and approve drafts in time to meet deadlines.

All proposals must be submitted as an email attachment sent to sent to . All signature pages must be submitted in hard copy.

May 21
Proposals for Portfolios, Casebooks, and Dissertations due in the A & H Office (for GSC consideration on 4 June). (This is the only submission date for students wishing to graduate in the Summer 2013 semester.)

June 2
Last day for submission of final draft of dissertations to all members of the supervising committee. Doctoral students who do not meet this deadline will not graduate this semester.

June 9
Applications for Graduation due

June 19
Last day to request oral defense of dissertations (with the Office of the Graduate Dean – by 12pm noon), as well as theses, portfolios and casebooks (with the Graduate Coordinator in JO 4.510)

July 3
Last day to hold oral defense of dissertations, theses, portfolios, and casebooks

July 18
Last day for final submissions of dissertations to Office of the Graduate Dean – by 12pm noon

July 25
Last day for final submissions of theses (to the Office of the Graduate Dean – by 12pm noon) and portfolios or casebooks (to the A & H Office)

August 15
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

ALTA travel fellowships

ALTA Travel Fellowships

Each year, between four and six $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference.

At the conference, ALTA Fellows are invited to read their translated work at a keynote event, giving them an opportunity to present their translations to an audience of translators, authors, and publishers from around the world.

ALTA Travel Fellowships are funded by a combination of member dues and private donations, often generously given by established translators and other devoted supporters of the craft and art of literary translation. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support this important program, please contact Managing Director Erica Mena at

Find out more about past Fellows and what they translated by clicking on the links below.

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Applications must include:

*   a cover letter explaining your interest in attending the conference

*   current CV / resumé

*   up to 10 pages of translated work (poetry or prose, double spaced)

*   the corresponding original language text

Sean Cotter

Associate Professor of Literature and Literary Translation The University of Texas at Dallas