[UPDATE] 2nd Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

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Lehigh English Department Graduate Program
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The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities. In addition to those papers that focus on literature and the role of the English department within public humanities, we are also open to papers that address the many diverse topics within the intersection of literature and social justice. This call is open to scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical approaches. Potential topics related to the public humanities theme include but are not limited to:

--the interplay of academia, literature, and public outreach
--online venues for public humanities
--literacy and literature in the academy vs in the public sphere
--public outreach and access to the humanities
--public radio/public broadcasting/podcasts
--service learning through literature
--the university's responsibility to the community
--public histories/storytelling and community engagement
--museums, archives, collections, and sites
--documentaries and representing the voices of others
--concepts of audience
--public humanities and the literature curriculum
--teaching literature beyond the traditional classroom
--literary and interdisciplinary collaborations for public humanities

Graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dashielle Horn and Dana McClain at LSJLehigh@gmail.com by October 15th, 2015. Check back at the conference website for updates: http://lsjlehigh.weebly.com/.