The concept of the limit figures centrally, yet in different ways, across a wide range of discourses and disciplines. But what precisely constitutes a limit? We propose to examine both different conceptualizations of the limit and whether and how the limit may be productive of its own transgressions, exceptions, and excesses. Further, what tensions arise from understanding limits to be either immanent or transcendent? And how have understandings of the limit changed with the advent and subsequent transformations of modernity?
With this conference, we seek to stage an interdisciplinary engagement with different ways of understanding the limit, in its formal and structural as well as textual and historical manifestations. We thus invite participants to address the question of the limit as it emerges across the spectrum of theoretical discourses as well as social and aesthetic practices. Submissions are encouraged from the literature and language fields and from disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences.
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Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Graduate School of Arts & Science, New York University.