The Power of Place: Investigating the Interactions between Ideology and Influence (March 14, 2015)

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English Graduate Student Association, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The preservation or construction of a sense of place is then an active moment in the passage from memory to hope, from past to future." David Harvey

"Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders." A.A. Milne

"Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you." Wendell Berry

For our seventh annual interdisciplinary conference, we at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's English Graduate Student Association ask you to join us as we explore place and the ramifications of place. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including but not limited to literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, history, architecture, geography, environmental studies, psychology, classics, foreign language studies, linguistics, sociology, religious studies, philosophy, and any of the arts. Papers can focus on a broad spectrum of place-related topics.

Paper may discuss, but are not limited to:
—explorations of specific places
—being from a place or being of a place
—passing through place(s)
—a place's influence on oneself/characters
—spatial rhetoric and how it functions
—interactions between people and place (fiction, nonfiction, design)
—how place works as setting in fictional works
—how place functions as a character in fictional works
—the function of place in nonfictional works
—how place, as a concept, changes/develops throughout history
—how physical places change overtime
—interactions between different places (urban vs. rural; city vs. city; regionalism)
—different structures in a place
—teaching in a place
—how the classroom works as a specific place
—online/digital places
—how music/photography/art reflects, influences, is a part of place
—escaping places
—displacement and placelessness
—the peoples involved in, and difficulties of, defining and controlling a place
—the impact of humans on a place
—the relationship between place and gender

We invite abstract submissions for consideration. An abstract of no more than 200 words must be submitted in PDF or MSWord format by December 15. Abstracts should be submitted to uncg.egsa.2015.conference@gmail.com. In your email submission, please include the presenter's name, institution of affiliation, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual requirements. Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself.

Panel proposals can also be submitted to the same email address by December 15 and should include the following: panel title, organizer/moderator's name and contact information, names and contact information for panelists, a short description of the panel topic, and abstracts of the papers included in the panel.

The registration fee for presenters is $25.