UPDATE: [Graduate] OU SAGES grad conference 9/15/07; 10/19-20/07

full name / name of organization: 
fred siegmund

Textual Nationalism(s): History, Community, Identity

        The Student Association of Graduate English Studies (SAGES) of the University of Oklahoma
at Norman will be hosting a graduate conference on October 19-20, 2007.

        Since the publication of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, the study of the
cultural and social construction of national identities has been a popular topic for many scholars.
This conference seeks to investigate the numerous ways in which texts of all types participate in
the production and maintenance of national identities and interrogate the findings of critics,
such as Anderson, that locate the birth of nationalism in eighteenth century Europe. Another
significant aspect of the study of nationalism that this conference hopes to address is the issue
of community formation. If, as Anderson says, nationalism is based on the idea of an imagined
community, what exactly is a community and how does it relate to and complicate notions of
national identity? We are particularly interested in the ways community and nationalism intersect
with various forms of texts and socio-political issues.

Possible topics may include

• Nationalism/Community in literature

• Nationalism/Community in film

• Nationalism/Community in television

• Nationalism/Community in advertising

• Nationalism/Community and rhetoric

• Nationalism/Community and race

• Nationalism/Community and sexuality

• Nationalism/Community and the university

• Nationalism/Community and the future of literary studies

• Nationalism/Community and law

• Nationalism/Community and new media

• Studies of pre-18th century nationalism

• Communities: Imagined or otherwise

• Community identity vs. National Identity

• Tribal Sovereignty

• Community formation

• National identity in a globalizing world

        We are pleased to announce that our keynote address will be delivered by Jace Weaver,
University of Georgia. Professor Weaver is Director of the Institute of Native American Studies. He
teaches courses that deal with Native American Cultures and Religious Traditions, Eschatology
and Apocalypticism. His work deals with subjects ranging from theology, Native American
religion, literature and community to legal and environmental issues.
        We will accept proposals for both individual presentations and complete panels. The
conference organizers are particularly interested in forming interdisciplinary panels, but we will
form single discipline panels as necessary.
        Please send 250 word abstract by 15 September 2007 to
        For any additional information, please contact Fred Siegmund at
frederick.w.siegmund-1_at_ou.edu or visit the conference website at

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