Craft Critique Culture

15th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
Changes & Exchanges
April 10-11, 2015
University of Iowa


“My soul would sing of metamorphoses. 
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes”
—Ovid, The Metamorphoses (trans. Allen Mandelbaum)                   

The terms “change” and “exchange” can denote both object and action. As nouns, each word suggests a contradictory sense of stability--the fact of change, the event of exchange. Yet as verbs, each word conveys something in process, something never completed, settled, or arrived at. This double sense, embedded in the words themselves, highlights the dynamism in the theme of this year’s conference. What constitutes change? What initiates an exchange? How do they come about? When and where do they occur? What does it mean to become something else? What does it mean to trade one thing for another? Where do one and the other meet? And at what point do they turn into each other? It is through these and other questions that we will consider both the effects and the affects of change and exchange. Considerations need not be abstract or theoretical. Rather, we wish to examine a wide and varied range of changes and exchanges, from the historical to the discursive, from the material to the technical.

For submission guidelines please see the 15th Annual CFP.



Craft Critique Culture is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. We invite the submission of critical, theoretical, and original creative work in a variety of media and across the humanities, sciences, and legal disciplines. In the past, submissions have included not only traditional scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and artists’ books, and performance.

Past Sponsors

Department of English
Freedman Fund
Graduate College
Graduate & Professional Student Gov.
University of Iowa Student Gov.
Writers' Workshop
Cinema & Comparative Literature
School of Library & Information Science
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Department of German

Organizing Committee

Angela Toscano, co-chair
Annemarie Pearson, co-chair
Jackie Kleist, coordinator


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