Labyrinths: Navigating Complexity Across the Humanities

Saw this interesting call for papers and thought I should pass it along.

CFP: Labyrinths: Navigating Complexity Across the Humanities

Hosted by the English Graduate Student Association
McGill University, Montreal, QC
February 15-17, 2013

From ancient Greek mythology to cubism, jazz music, and the contemporary puzzle film, labyrinths serve as images for exploring intellectual, affective, and material complexity. This conference will investigate labyrinths from diverse cultural, aesthetic, and theoretical perspectives. Whether literal or figurative, labyrinths are markers of intricacy that can evoke feelings of panic, bewilderment, and failure, or present opportunities for adventure and problem-solving. You might consider the procedural labyrinths that we encounter daily (mass media, bureaucracy, academia), as well as the spatial labyrinths that we inhabit (libraries, hotels, department stores, casinos). This conference asks: How has our understanding of labyrinths as artistic symbols and social realities changed over time? What kinds of human and nonhuman relationships do they mobilize in different contexts? How do we navigate complexity, dead ends, and repetition, in different fields of study?

We invite submissions for individual presentations, panels, and creative projects addressing the concept of labyrinths from any disciplinary perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. labyrinths in literature, performance, film, television, music
  2. urban/rural planning, urban/rural spaces, architecture
  3. diaspora, migration, globalization, crowds
  4. maps, navigation, critical cartography
  5. underworlds, vaults, catacombs, sewers
  6. detective plots, espionage, puzzle narratives, trickery
  7. systems, rhizomes, networks
  8. games, comics, transmedia stories
  9. digital labyrinths, big data, social media
  10. archives, manuscripts, engravings
  11. complex temporalities, dreamspaces, distorted realities
  12. lostness/confusion; enlightenment/achievement
  13. stasis, repetition, cycles, aporias

Please send your 150-word abstract, along with a brief bio, to by November 15th. More conference details TBA.

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