University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery, April 1-2, 2016

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University at Albany 14th Annual EGSO Conference: Crisis and Recovery

April 1-2, 2016

The Syrian Civil War, climate change, and the Great Recession are ongoing crises requiring our critical and scholarly attention. In the midst of these global developments, the theorization of crisis becomes imperative for understanding the ways in which current events replay critical moments of the past while forcing us to rethink our present notions of crisis and recovery. How do diverse disciplines such as art, history, literature, philosophy, and the sciences identify and respond to these challenges? What are the consequences when the exceptionality of crisis becomes normalized, as exemplified by the sensationalization of natural disasters or the increased reliance on contingent labor in academia? At what point do we cease to recognize crisis as such? For our 14th annual conference, the English Graduate Student Organization invites graduate students of all disciplines to submit critical papers and creative works that address these breakdowns, impasses, turning points, ruptures, and traumas and the potential for creativities and new beginnings.

Our conference will be held April 1 and 2, 2016. We schedule approximately 15 minutes for each presentation. For critical presentations, please submit a 250-word abstract to For creative presentations, please send an email with a small sample of your creative work (.mp3, .jpeg, .tif, .avi, .mp4, or .doc files), as well as a 250-word description of your presentation to We are particularly interested in creative works that are complemented by an explanation of how the author/artist sees his/her work contributing to critical discussions about crisis and recovery. Submissions are due by January 15th, 2016.

Scholars might consider the following areas of interest, although they should not feel limited by them:

● Refugee Crisis, Immigration Crisis, War, and Terror
● Ecological Disaster and Climate Change
● States of Emergency/States of Exception
● State-Sanctioned Violence
● Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality
● Sovereignty, Power, and Authority
● Security, Privacy, and Surveillance
● Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
● Poverty, Economy, and De-Regulation
● Redistribution, Accumulation, and Inequality
● Solidarities, Resistances, and Revolutions
● Epistemology, Ontology, and Critique
● Crisis of Literature and Crisis Literature
● Narrative and Poetics
● Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Religion
● Healthcare, Education, and Unemployment
● Mental Health, Anxiety, and Affect
● Prevention, Management, and Containment
● Redress, Reconstitution, and Reparation