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Monday, January 25, 2016

Call for Papers: Symposium for English Graduate Students

SEGue is a gathering of MA students, their peers, mentors, and those interested in cultural conversations and creativity, for the purpose of showcasing the best work of English MA students through the previous academic year; connecting with other graduate students and faculty; and preparing for MA students' next professional steps, be those further study or entering a profession.
From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Concerned Student 1950, the dissenting voice has undeniable significance for our own cultural moment; the significance of that voice is not limited to any particular time or place. How have artists—whether themselves disenfranchised or not—represented those relegated to the margins of their cultures in poems, short stories, novels, or in drama? How, in short, does political and social struggle emerge within the space of narrative? How have texts throughout history, whether overtly or implicitly, resisted the status quo? What strategies have writers deployed to subvert cultural hegemony in any form? How have the disenfranchised sought, by means of their voice, to renegotiate the conventional boundaries and hierarchies of dominant social structures?
While such a topic is intentionally broad and open, possible avenues of investigation might include theory, representation, and praxis in the following areas: Representing disability, Race, Gender, Religion, Sexual orientation.
The SEGue Committee invites two types of proposals:
®    A 15 minute paper that will investigate the role and importance of dissenting voices in literature, philosophy, history, and/or art. 
®  Original creative works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and/or a hybrid of any of these genres. Creative works may approach the symposium topic in a direct, oblique or otherwise unconventional manner. 
Submitting for Consideration :
Interested graduate students should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by no later than February 29th, 2016. Abstracts can be submitted to:digitalcommons.brockport.edu/segue    (The following information is required for submission: presenter’s name, email, institution, short bio -200 words, faculty advisor, faculty email .)
Questions . . . Contact Conference Co-Coordinator, Cherise Oakley at coakley@brockport.edu

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Call for Papers: “Ebb and Flow: Reading Time in English Studies”

The Graduate Students in the Department of English at the University of Idaho invite submissions for a conference focusing on interdisciplinary considerations of time in texts and within the academy. 


The conference will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

The University of Idaho Graduate English Conference invites proposals for papers on the theme “Ebb and Flow: Reading Time in English Studies.” UIGEC welcomes proposals from current graduate students working in any aspect of English studies, including literature, rhetoric and composition, linguistics, and creative writing.  Inspired by the rich and shifting relationship between time, literature, and the humanities, this conference seeks to explore new and revitalized ways of conceptualizing time in texts and within the field of English studies.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


We recommend that if plan to apply for this conference, you also apply for funding from Villanova. Information regarding travel funding is linked here. Please also note that you must apply for funding before attending the conference.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BritGrad Shakespeare Conference Abstracts Due April 23, 2015

4-6 June 2015

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to join us in June for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2015, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research on Shakespeare, the Early Modern period, or the Renaissance. In accordance with the Shakespeare Institute’s emerging reputation as a place for creative criticism, we also encourage creative responses. The conference takes place in an active centre of Shakespeare and Early Modern scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

Plenary speakers include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), and Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton). See our blog for information on plenary speakers as they are confirmed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.

We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract. We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015. (Abstracts cannot be considered until the delegate has registered.) Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

For more information, find us on Facebook, on Twitter, and at britgrad.wordpress.com, or emailbritgrad.conference@gmail.com.