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Whole Worlds: Systems of Affect, Capital, Aesthetics

February 13-14, 2014

Rosenwald Hall, Room 405

Literary and cultural study have developed overlapping vocabularies to triangulate “worlds” on multiple scales: the psychic worlds of psychoanalytic consciousness invested in the labor of repair, the sociocultural worlds of artistic and political community apprehending a space for multiplicity to endure, and global worlds of transnational capital that totalize the capture of exchange. With so many worlds, is there a whole world or a world that is whole? What marks off a space as a world and what mechanisms mediate between a world and its own sense of wholeness? What are the parts that compose a whole world or the procedures that give to a world the fantasy of wholeness? What is the place of art-objects in developing and sustaining worlds and in what ways do worlds either totalize or resist closure?

This is the annual Graduate Student Colloquium of the University of Chicago Department of English. For further information, please visit the conference website.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Franke Institute for Humanities, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago.