Call for papers, Crossing the Boundaries XXII: Political Topographies



Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference


April 4-5th, 2014

Binghamton University

Multidisciplinary, multivocal academic conference with a global geographic and broad temporal reach, presented by the Art History Graduate Student Union

Keynote Speakers:

Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah

Karen-edis Barzman, Binghamton University

The phrase ‘political topographies’, coined by Richard Krautheimer in 1983, recognizes that ‘a very real political motive, together with equally real political ideologies’ underlies topographical formation, real and imagined. This year’s conference asks the following questions: how are diverse environments constructed by their social and political contexts?  How do distinct environments construct the contexts that surround them?  How is space informed by its inhabitants, its ideal configuration, and its actual configuration? These questions are meant as departure points from which we invite a sundry group of submissions to the 22nd Annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference to be held on April 4th and 5th, 2014. Hosted by the Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University we invite submissions from any historical or disciplinary approach that consider political topographies, or the ways in which sociopolitical formations inform space in all of its problematic varieties.

Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Urban geographies
  • Mapping of civic strife and conflict
  • Space and spatial practice(s)
  • Revolutions and visual media
  • Technologies and apparatuses of surveillance
  • Migration of knowledge and people
  • Representations of social and political memory
  • Bureaucratic architecture
  • Sanctification of space
  • Political performances
  • Utopias and dystopias

Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 250 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current graduate level CV, to (Attn: Proposal). We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Panel organizers should describe the theme of the panel and send abstracts with names and affiliations of all participants along with current CVs. A panel should consist of no more than three papers, each twenty minutes in length. Deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014.

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