Monday, April 02, 2012

CFP: Physical Cultural Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers: Physical Cultural Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference

The University of Maryland’s
Department of Kinesiology

Friday April 27, 2012
SPH Building
The University of Maryland
Department of Kinesiology

Students in the Physical Cultural Studies Program (PCS) at the University of Maryland are hosting the 5th annual PCS conference, “Bodies from Below,” on April 27, 2012. The conference, run in conjunction with the School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology, will feature a keynote address by PCS alum Dr. Jessica Chin (San José State University), a faculty roundtable discussion and research presentation sessions.

This is a call for papers to be presented at the conference. The submission deadline is March 19th. Please submit abstract/proposals of less than 350 words to umdpcs@gmail.comwith “PCS conference submission” in the subject. You will receive a confirmation of acceptance into the conference by March 23rd. Papers do not have to be complete pieces of research but must be ready for authors to present on the day of the conference.

This year’s theme for presentations is “Bodies from Below.” The body has become an important focus of research across many disciplines and particularly within critical studies of physical culture. This conference will provide a forum for presentations that build on this increasing interest in the body. To push this bodywork in new directions PCS encourages presenters to consider their analyses of the body from below, as:
--agentic and a site for resistive power
--the site of an assemblage of micro processes
--a grassroots formation of social or cultural bodies/groups
--any other applicable and relevant bottom-up conception of the body

The conference is interdisciplinary, and as such is a space for work that develops from within or across multiple disciplines. Therefore we are building a program of presentations from scholars at multiple institutions, silos, schools or departments and will accept a wide-ranging set of presentation proposals.

Questions? Please e-mail We look forward to seeing you at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, in April.

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