Machinations - Graduate Student Conference

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>* Machinations: Behind the Scenes of Writing and Politics *
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>Stanford University - Saturday, April 8, 1995
>Machinations: Behind the Scenes of Writing and Politics is a
>multi-disciplinary graduate student conference which will explore the
>relationship between writing technologies and political 'machines.' How do
>nations and institutions influence the act of writing and how does the
>materiality of writing affect ideas, actions, and notions of authority?
>Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
>- who gets to write: criticism, patronage, the academy
>- writing for and against the state: propaganda and revolution
>- limits on writing: censorship, satire, and samizdat
>- artificial subjects (artificial intelligences) and the mechanical state
>- utopian and dystopian texts
>- ecriture feminine and gender epistemology
>- from the pen and the sword to the White House on the Internet: writing
>technology and state power
>- "framing documents": foundational and constitutional texts from the
>Donation of Constantine to the Book of Mormon
>- hypertext, electronic mail and the research community
>- feminizing technology: new paradigms of human-computer interaction
>- surrealism, automatic writing, and avant-garde politics
>- writing and machine politics: futurism, fascist poetics
>- behind the scenes of writing: the psychic apparatus
>Presentations should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. Housing will be
>provided, and some travel grants will be awarded. Proposals must include an
>abstract of 1-2 pages with a return address and telephone number and must
>be postmarked by January 31, 1995.
>Address to:
>Machinations c/o
>Dept. of Comparative Literature
>Stanford University
>Stanford CA 94305-2031
>Phone 415/723-3566
>Fax 415/725-4090

Harrison Brace
Stanford, Department of Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-2031

Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's
equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind
which incessantly contradict what they have just established.

Georges Bataille


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