English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature [UPDATE]

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English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta of Western Illinois University
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Please note our updated deadline for abstracts! Abstracts will be accepted until October 15, 2015.

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta (STD) chapter of Western Illinois University are currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our twelfth annual conference in Macomb, IL on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

Dr. William Kuskin, Associate Vice Provost for Education Innovation and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be our keynote speaker. His work includes a three-part series on the history of printing from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period, a popular Online Course on Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and several works-in-progress relating to modern comics culture.

Literature is far from static. It is always changing and evolving. Authors take it upon themselves to alter the ways in which we perceive stories and ideas. In that way, English is always at play, be it characters playing mind games, authors playing with stereotypes, theorists challenging gender roles, or fans playing board games based on favorite books. We encourage papers focused on the more playful, less stringent roles of language and literature in our lives.
Though we are particularly interested in papers about play and literature, any topics within English Studies will be welcomed. The EGO/STD conference intends to explore all areas within English Studies, including but not limited to writing studies, pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, film studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. We welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage graduate and undergraduate scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in play to submit proposals.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Play in Literature
Literature as Play
Playing with Language
Games
Sports
Playing with Gender
Adaptations
Game Theory
New Media
Queer Theory
Theater
Popular Culture
Playing and Pedagogy
Subversion of the Expected

** DEADLINE EXTENDED**
Please send 250-word abstracts (and any questions) to ego@wiu.edu by October 15, 2015.
We also welcome submissions by post: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.
For further information, please visit our website: http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english/ego/
The Midwestern Student Representatives for Sigma Tau Delta will be running a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. For questions specific to Sigma Tau Delta's participation in "English at Play: A Conference of Language and Literature," please contact chapter faculty advisor Dr. Timothy Helwig at tw-helwig@wiu.edu.

cfp categories:
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
medieval
modernist studies
new_media
play
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
Victorian

Saturday Description
The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta (STD) chapter of Western Illinois University will be hosting our twelfth annual conference at Simpkins Hall. The conference will feature both graduate and undergraduate presentations related to English at Play. The conference will conclude with a talk by our keynote speaker Dr. William Kuskin and is free and open to the public.