Event Date/Time: Apr 28, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 29, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 29, 2012
Early Registration Date: Mar 16, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 04, 2012
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The International Journal of Žižek Studies and The College at Brockport Delta College Program are pleased to invite submissions and participation for this year’s conference on “Neo-liberal Perversions: Fantasy and Gaze in Contemporary Culture." The conference theme calls us to interrogate the role fantasy plays in structuring and regulating everyday reality and the way perversion constitutes not some remarkable exception but the standard operating procedure of our postmodern existence.

How do we interpret, (mis)engage, and confront fantasies created by neoliberalism, popular culture, and ideology? How does the perverted gaze implicate others and structure possible fantasies in the post-political and postmodern epoch? How does the work of Žižek and others (e.g., Jodi Dean, Joan Copjec, Zygmunt Bauman, Alain Badiou, Peter Sloterdijk, Stuart Hall, Jacques Rancière, Simon Critchley, Naomi Klein, Fredric Jameson, Julia Kristeva, and others) provide complementary and contrasting frameworks for addressing these themes?

The conference committee seeks to incorporate and provide an opportunity to share and discuss these matters in the context of psychoanalysis, cultural studies, media and film studies, literary theory, philosophy, and a range of other intersecting fields. Proposals for scholarly panels, book sessions, and round tables that best address and connect to the conference theme will have first consideration; however, we encourage all interested authors who have written on or produced other work in these areas to submit proposals for review. We invite papers that traverse multiple disciplines and theoretical orientations. All proposals will be peer reviewed and evaluated.

Conference Proceedings

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Žižek Studies (IJZS). A call for papers will be issued by the journal editors shortly after the conference. Submitted papers will be peer reviewed and competitively selected by the IJZS editorial board.


Outstanding Graduate Student Paper

Papers submitted by graduate students will be eligible to compete for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. This award acknowledges graduate students (submitting from any field of study) who exemplify unique intersections, theoretical orientations, and styles that promote nuanced discourses in the conference tracks (see below). Graduate papers will be competitively selected from each track by the conference board, and there will be one award per track. Interested authors must submit full papers by March 1, 2012.

Conference Formats

Papers (single and co-authored)

Individual presentation of papers will be limited to 15 minutes. Authors should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, full contact and institutional information, and any audio/visual needs. Individual papers will be grouped into panel and roundtable sessions according to conference tracks and topics.


Panels should be composed of 3-6 presenters. Panelists should allocate their time for presentation according to the number of presenters in order to leave approximately 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals for panels should include a summary abstract for the panel (500 word max), indication of any audio/visual requirements, full contact and institutional data for each of the participants, and individual abstracts (200 word max) for each paper.

Topic “Tracks”

Papers will be placed in topical tracks for organizational and interest purposes.

Track 1 “Social Sciences”: politics, ecology, sociology, or another area of the social sciences.

Track 2 “Cultural Studies”: film studies, media studies, literature theory/studies, and general cultural studies themes.

Track 3 “Philosophy and Religion”

Track 4: “Other”

For more information contact

Antonio Garcia, Conference Director: agarciaj@indiana.edu


Additional Information

Contact Antonio Garcia at agarciaj@indiana.edu