“Civil Disobedience and Acts of Resistance” Madison, Wisconsin March 8-11, 2012
CALL FOR PAPERS: 8th Annual Kaleidoscope Conference, University of Wisconsin – Madison “Civil Disobedience and Acts of Resistance” Madison, Wisconsin March 8-11, 2012


The department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites academics in any discipline to submit proposals that interrogate the historical trajectory and/or current significance of the idea of civil disobedience and resistance in their theoretical, critical, historical, and creative permutations.


Here in Wisconsin, what began as a small graduate student-led protest against the threat of statewide de-unionization had resounding effects nationally and globally, eliciting a response from all spheres of citizenry—both the politically active and those who were not. This movement sparks our conference. Recognizing that “resistance” is subject to diverse interpretations, this conference seeks to explore both the relevance and impact of civil disobedience and those acts of resistance which oppose the status quo in any of its ramifications.


Although we encourage proposals related to the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals that investigate a breadth of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Art, music, film, literature as tools of resistance
  • The ethical ramifications of resistance
  • Problematics in the representations and discourses of resistance
  • The legacy of civil rights movements on race, gender and sexual discourses
  • Liberation movements, subaltern studies and the legacy of decolonial practices
  • Linguistic resistance, language policy, and issues of standardization

We accept panels and individual presentations that theorize, critique, re-contextualize or creatively interpret the relevance of civil disobedience and resistance in the past and today and/or address and showcase this theme in the works of the invited artists and speakers. We also invite novel and unpublished writers to submit works in Spanish, English and Portuguese that deal with these issues.

Proposals should consist of a presentation or panel title, a 250-500-word abstract defining the topic and the format for each individual presentation, and a brief biography that includes institutional/organizational affiliation (if any) and contact information (including email). The submission deadline is December 15, 2011. Electronic submissions via word email attachment are encouraged. Send submissions only to:

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Date: 2011-10-19