Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism


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Trans- and Trance at Western University

March 5-7, 2015 


Trans- and trance are ways of life: from transcendentalist impulses in the Epic of Gilgamesh, to Freud’s discussion of the phenomenon of transference, to the rise of transnationalism in modern times, the conceptual import of “trans-“ has always lied in its ability to denote mobility against and across frontiers, positionality along multiple axes, and shifting modes of territoriality within agonistic horizons. Trance almost always followed.

“Trans-” as a concept has steadily grown in importance as a way to inform critical thought and study in many intellectual fields and disciplines. In her 2014 report on “trans-” as one of the American Comparative Literature Association’s “ideas of the decade,” Jessica Berman notes how “‘trans-’ is not a substantive but rather an ‘orientation’ of critical approaches, attitudes, and habits of reading or experiencing”.

The Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, and Theory and Criticism programs at Western University invite you to problematize the concepts of “trans-“ and trance at the 17th Annual Graduate Student Conference to be held from March 5-7, 2015 in London, Ontario, Canada. The conference invites papers that engage critical notions of transit, change, and tumult in multidisciplinary contexts, especially those that highlight “trans-“ as a paradigm of dynamic subjectivity negotiating potentially violent domains. As trance culture seeks to reach the elusive state that lies Beyond, so too do the organizers hope that the conference will provide insight into possible conciliatory modes to the disruptions that the “trans-” phenomenon precipitates.

For inquiries contact the organizers: Sarah Warren (swarre8[at]uwo[dot]ca), Jamil Afana (mafana2[at]uwo[dot]ca), and Christian Ylagan (cylagan2[at]uwo[dot]ca)




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