CUNY Graduate Center (365 5

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November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism

The students oI the Department oI Comparative Literature at the City University oI New
York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conIerence on November
10-11, 2011.

The concept oI desire has been the subject oI much examination throughout centuries oI
literature. From the ancient Greek idea oI 0748 to psychological analysis oI the subject
through contemporary negotiations oI love and desire, the interpretation oI desire has
evolved, but it has always held a central role in literature and discourse. Desire serves as the
motivation Ior action, and yet the most satisIying desire is oIten the one that remains
unIulIilled. This conIerence will explore desire as it impels us Iorward in our pursuit oI an
end that may ultimately be unattainable.

We invite papers Irom all disciplines Iocusing on works Irom any period that explore desire
as it is portrayed in literature, philosophy, theory, art, Iilm, or society. Some oI the questions
this conIerence seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

O ow does desire serve as a motivating Iorce?
O ust desire be IulIilled or does it serve another purpose?
O n what ways are the repercussions oI desire demonstrated?
O ow has the deIinition oI desire evolved between diIIerent cultures or time periods?
O n what way does desire Iigure into political landscapes, contemporary or otherwise?
O What is the relationship between desire and cultural production and entertainment in
the age oI the nternet and other technologies?
O ow does an author`s desire Iactor into the creation oI a text?
O ow does a character`s lack oI desire aIIect the text?
O ow does comprehension oI desire help us to explore the human psyche?
O ow is desiring the 'undesirable¨ presented and addressed?
O ow does desire relate to discussions oI gender, sexuality, race, and other
intersections oI sexual politics?
O ow does desire relate to other concepts such as love, seduction, intoxication, and

Please submit a 300 word abstract Ior a 15-20 minute paper by September 15, 2011 to
desireconIerence2011¸ Proposals should include the title oI the paper,
presenter`s name, institutional and departmental aIIiliation, and any technology requests. We
also welcome panel proposals oI three to Iour papers.

This conIerence is co-sponsored by the Writers` nstitute at the City University oI New York
Graduate Center, an un-FA program devoted to bringing together the country`s most
talented writers and today`s most celebrated editors, and by the Doctoral Students` Council,
the sole policymaking body representing students in doctoral and master`s programs at the
Graduate Center oI the City University oI New York.

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