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Conference Opportunities

EGSA Graduate Student Conference: The Spectacular!

The Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association’s (NU EGSA) eighth annual conference invites a wide array of interpretations of the theme The Spectacular! that sheds further light on its psychological, socio-economic, cultural, and political dimensions. We welcome scholarly work that examines or engages with historical or contemporary moments of spectacle at home or abroad, visual and textual representations of essence and excess, the affective and ethical implications of spectacularization, and different methodologies and schools of thought in relation to the spectacular. Our conference will consider papers from across the disciplines – including, but not limited to, literary studies, visual studies, rhetoric and composition, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, political science, the digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, religion, and cinema studies.

Location: Northeastern University

Dates: March 28-29, 2014

Deadline: December 13, 2013

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Intersections Conference – Spring 2014

The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) at California State University, Northridge is now accepting proposals for our annual spring conference. We are interested in critical papers/panels and creative pieces that investigate intersections.

Both similar to but also quite distinct from the border and the crossroad, the intersection is a powerful and provocative space for theoretical queries and figurative imaginings. The body is a locus where varying identities or ideologies intersect. Texts may serve as intersections for seemingly disparate genres. Geographical intersections are paradoxical spaces that embody the characteristics of different cultures that are both distinct yet united. What can we gain from a greater understanding of these locus points? What are the implications of these meetings? What might we discover about power relations, identities, and ideologies? Explorations may include but are not limited to: bodies as sites of intersection, geographical intersections, liminality, interstitial texts/genres, cultural/racial/ethnic intersections, intersections of social injustice, historical periods/events that mark times of intersection, intersections of political policies and ideologies, transitions and hybridity, intersections of classes.

Location: California State University, Northridge

Dates: March 8, 2014

Deadline: December 23, 2013

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The Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition – Responsivity: Defining, Encouraging, Enacting

The 2014 Watson Conference calls us to consider how we define, encourage, and enact what it means to be responsive to contemporary problems and opportunities. Reworking questions the Woodrow Wilson Foundation asked of higher education over a decade ago, the Watson Conference invites teacher-scholars of Rhetoric and Composition to join in ongoing conversations about what we do to be responsive to communities in and beyond the academy and to foster the conditions that make these visions a reality.  Specific questions may include:

  • How can we encourage innovative scholarship that is responsive to our expanding definitions of literate practices, particularly as our methodologies, partners, sites and tools continue to expand?
  • What practices can encourage innovative teaching, perhaps especially for groups struggling in higher education today (e.g., veterans, first generation, underprepared students, English language learners) whose voices may be underrepresented or unacknowledged?
  • How does the field’s thinking about the purpose of writing and a writing citizenry respond to current rhetorics of responsivity, such as those rhetorics surrounding the Common Core State Standards, those within the university structures (e.g., service-learning courses, community engagement programs, social justice centers) or those from foundations championing educational innovation (e.g., TED, Kauffman Foundation, MacArthur Foundation)?

Location: University of Louisville

Dates: October 16-18, 2014

Deadline: March 1, 2014

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Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference: Literacies and Rhetorics of Crisis

Crisis is not a new subject for either literacy or rhetoric studies. The crisis between oral and written literacies produced the dynamic ideological conception of literacy as an interdisciplinary study situated in specific social and cultural contexts. Rhetoric is similarly animated by identity crises. The sophists, Plato, and Aristotle all vied to define the uses and misuses of rhetoric. We rehearse these origin stories to emphasize two points: first, crises are part and parcel of our disciplinary fabric, and, second, crises are both restrictive and productive. Every crisis marks the boundary between what we have been doing and what we have yet to do and creates new pathways beyond those limitations.

Instead of seeing crisis as something to erase, this conference invites participants to see “crisis” as a generative concept, as an opportunity for change. Because responses to crises require some kind of decisive action or change, crisis provides the platform on which to examine discourses of justification, rationalization, and reaction. In this call, we embrace the dialectic of crisis and encourage proposals that examine how crisis functions rhetorically as well as rhetorical responses to crisis.

Location: University of Nevada, Reno

Dates: November 7-8, 2014

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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2014 University of Tulsa English Graduate Student Conference: Traversing the Transnational

The University of Tulsa’s 2014 English Graduate Student Conference continues the investigation promoted by Fishkin, Janice Radway, Paul Gilroy, Paul Giles, and several other notable scholars into the effect transnationalism has on literary and cultural studies. Of particular interest is the paradoxical relationship between nation-states and identity formation; how do authors, readers, and literary cultures react against the very national ideologies which not only permeate literature, but also statically remain as social formations which affect individual subjectivity? Even as scholars and critics decry national exceptionalism as empty rhetoric, the abstract notions of nationalism are required to provide the foundation for reactionary criticism. Does the “transnational-diaspora complex,” as defined by Donald Pease, strengthen or weaken nationalist ideologies?

These are a few of the questions the University of Tulsa’s 2014 English Graduate Student Conference will address, among others. We welcome myriad literary and cultural interests, and we hope this topic contributes to the larger debate among the humanities over the importance of a transnationalist perspective in our increasingly globalized society. We invite paper abstracts and complete panel proposals on all aspects of transnational literature throughout all genres of study.

Location: University of Tulsa

Dates: April 10-14, 2014

Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Publication Opportunities

Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures Vol. 2, Issue 2 “The Right to Know in the Age of Surveillance”

Thought, engagement and the communication of meanings depend upon perception. Synæsthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an open-source, refereed journal that acknowledges these varied perceptions and strives to unravel issues of communication practice and contemporary theoretical frameworks. From the subjective-embodied to the objective, interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders, and across time, Synaesthesia seeks to traverse disciplinary boundaries and advance progressive understanding within and across cultures.

Synæsthesia invites submissions for a special upcoming edition of the journal (Vol. 2, No. 2) specifically focused on ‘The Right to Know in the Age of Surveillance’ — authors may focus on issues and topics relating to ways in which perceptions or established meanings of ‘knowing’, ‘speaking,’ and ‘living in a free society’ clash or align with conventional wisdom, common practice, and/or institutions of power.

Deadline for Submission: May 13, 2014

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Trans-Scripts Vol. IV: 2014 “Constructing (Dis) Ability”

TransScripts – the interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of our fourth volume will be “Constructing (Dis)Ability.”

While the field of disability studies continues to gain traction within the academy, Trans-Scripts understands ability as a lens of analysis that resists compartmentalization. Accordingly, we encourage scholars from a wide range of backgrounds to contribute their ideas. We appreciate and will consider pieces that speak not only to the social construction of disability, but also to the material—and political—consequences of that construction. Our editorial collective will read submissions from disciplines including (but not limited to): history, art history, literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, education, political science, anthropology, sociology, informatics, public policy, public health, and bioethics. We also eagerly seek the perspectives of scholars working in fat studies, queer studies, women’s and gender studies, film and visual studies, urban studies, science and technology studies, cultural studies, and critical race studies. “We are happy to consider coauthored submissions, and especially welcome faculty-graduate student collaborations.”

Deadline for submission: January 10, 2014

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