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“Apparatuses; Matter; Materialities.”

1st annual graduate conference
Location: Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Dates May 20-22, 2011:

The concept of the apparatus – both in the general sense of the term, and that employed by Foucault, Deleuze, and Agamben – is in many ways a useful one for considering the complex relationships between science, technology, and society. At the same time, careful study of the sciences may lead us to rethink these conceptualizations of apparatuses and what they do. We invite proposals on any topic related to this concept, from graduate students in all disciplines and at all levels.

Some possible topics for exploration include:

- the genealogy of the apparatus in the history of science

- specific technical or social apparatuses of interest

- interactions between scientific and political apparatuses

- the effects of research in STS and related disciplines on philosophical conceptions of the apparatus

- the relationships between apparatus and thought, apparatus and discourse,
or any other relevant concepts

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Bussolini (CUNY, College of Staten Island), editor of the recent issue of Foucault Studies on Foucault and Agamben. Updates and a more detailed call for abstracts are available at the conference Web site.

Proposals of 250-500 words, plus contact information and institutional affiliation, should be submitted by March 14, 2011, to amcmill@yorku.ca. Please note “Apparatus 2011 Submission” in the subject line. Registration is free.

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