Friday, September 18, 2009

whisper sweet words to me

Congratulations. Your paper has been accepted to the Gender, Place and Space (GPS) conference. The conference will run from March 25 to 27, 2010 on the University of Notre Dame campus.

We received a truly overwhelming number of proposals from a wide range of disciplines, from numerous and varied colleges and universities, as well as NGOs and other organizations, and from many different countries. We’re delighted with the range and quality of papers that will be presented at the conference.

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The Critical Feminist Studies Division is pleased to notify you that your submission has been accepted for the 8th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association meeting to be held in Berkeley, March 18-20.   
This year, we received an unprecedented amount of quality abstracts for the Division. And, we are very excited about your work.   
We look forward to your participation. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

life / modeling and lusty theory

last night, as i lay on a floor just as still as i could be, for a life drawing class
i used that 20 minutes for a sneaky read of one of my favourite theorists - 'woman reading' was the pose (well, okay, knowing my aesthetic, it was probably closer to '1940s vamp reading, with knife-in-stocking detail')
there was a moment in the reading when i came to a passage that made me want to suddenly interrupt the life drawing process, and read it out loud
not for the benefit of others, but simply to hear the words sound out
to roll off the tongue, and echo across the space
these were they:

"Lust is the dissolute ecstasy by which the body's glands, entrails, and sluices ossify and fossilize, by which its ligneous, ferric and coral state gelatinizes, curdles, dissolves, and vaporizes."
- Alphonso Lingis, Abuses

they asked me back.