CFP: [Graduate] SUNY at Stony Brook 2009 English Graduate Conference

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John Christie and Jesse Curran
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Call for Papers for the 21st Annual Stony Brook Manhattan Graduate
Student Conference
The Desire for Representation/The Desire of Representation
Stony Brook Manhattan, New York
Saturday February 21st, 2009
The Stony Brook Manhattan Graduate Conference, the longest running
interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes
papers and panels from all disciplines within the Humanities and Social
Why do we study? Why do we create? Why do we continue? Theories of desire
suggest the continual progress toward something that perhaps never quite
achieved. The brilliant Anne Carson writes, “there would seem to be some
resemblance between the way Eros acts in the mind of a lover and the way
knowing acts in the mind of a thinker.” Both engage in reaching and hover
on the verge of grasping. Accordingly many of our pursuits as scholars
absorb themselves in seeking ways of knowing, and are transformed in the
act of creation through diverse representational mediums. We seek papers
exploring and expanding upon the dynamic intersections between
representation and desire.

Abstracts (no longer than 250 words) for 20-minute papers that provide
author's name and paper title in heading due by January 7, 2009 to

John Christie and Jesse Curran
Stony Brook University

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

Theories of Desire/Theory and Desire
Sexuality and Gender Studies
The Desire for/of Historical Narrative
Boundaries, Borders, and Being Between
The Desire for/of Interdisciplinarity
The Body/The Senses/The Skin
The Desire for/of Genre and Period
Aesthetics & Desire
Drama & Desire
Eros & Ecology
Creative Writing and Performance
Literary Dynamics & Desire
Subjects & Objects
Selves & Others
Absence & Presence

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