7.0023 CFP: Grad Student Conference: Politics & Ethics (1/55)

Fri, 21 May 1993 11:32:48 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0023. Friday, 21 May 1993.

Date: Tue, 18 May 1993 20:05:00 -0500 (CDT)
From: Chris Amirault <amirault@csd4.csd.uwm.edu>
Subject: Politics and Ethics Grad Student Conference

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Politics and Ethics:

A graduate student conference
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
23rd-24th October, 1993

This conference is motivated by a growing sense that
analyses of the ethical must inform our politics and our
criticisms. We want to investigate what 'ethics' or the
ethical mean and how and why we might use those
categories in our political and critical practices. We
therefore also want to interrogate the 'political', a concept
which itself seems to be in crisis at present.

Questions we hope the conference will address include:
What are the ethical concerns of specific political
movements such as feminism, lesbian/gay activism or
marxism? In these cases, does the ethical function as
just a 'dogmatic moralism' or is it a fundamental factor
marking a distinction from other types of theoretical
practice? How do we continue to do theoretical and/or
political criticism in an academy under attack for its
multicultural agendas? How and why do radical or
multicultural initiatives 'fail' in the undergraduate
classroom? What is our pedagogical or political
'responsibility' and how do we exercise it? What strategies
can we use in this climate of 'backlash'? How can we
think of our work in terms other than those of
marginality and centrality? How can we build coalitions
with other political groups outside the academy? Are we
able to construct strategies, practical philosophies,
pragmatic interventions, from the positions and
identities we currently occupy?

We hope to address these questions in an atmosphere of
informality, allowing plenty of time for discussion. 'Non-
traditional' modes of presentation are therefore welcome. Presentations
should be no longer than twenty minutes.
Please send two one-page abstracts by August 1st 1993 to:

Jon Beasley-Murray or Kathy Green at
Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Curtin Hall, UWM, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

or email jbmurray@csd4.csd.uwm.edu

For further information, call (414) 562-2399

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