15th Annual Graduate Student Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 16, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Classical Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Graduate Forum
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CALL FOR PAPERS

15TH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE

Transgression and Transformation: Bodies, Language, Place

SPONSORED BY THE GRADUATE FORUM, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICAL AND MODERN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND CULTURES.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Michigan State University

Dr. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is a professor of (Post) Colonial Latin American Studies at Michigan State University. She is an award-winning author of short fiction and has published widely on topics such as race, ethnicity, identity, women’s and gender and visual studies.

Conference date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Deadline for abstracts: January 16th, 2017

In the twenty-first century, scholars, policy makers and the general public have paid renewed attention to the multiple meanings, limits, and interactions of the body, language, and space. From classical myths to contemporary transgender issues, how has the concept of transformation evolved throughout the centuries? How does it appear in history, literature, arts, and sciences? In what ways does it touch or shape bodies, languages and places? Have these transformations been transgressive, or have they maintained the status-quo? With these critical shifts in mind we invite papers that address the widespread changes in academic thinking and the world at large. From intersex to RuPaul, from the individual to the body politic, from local to global, from English only to bi- and multi-lingual inclusivity, we seek to interpret these transformations and transgressions from diverse and innovative perspectives.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers are welcome, and might include the following topics:

Transgressive places             Human rights movements

Identities/the body              Body art/body modifications

Queer sexualities                  Queer ecologies

Gender transition                 Sexual transgression

Ethnolinguistics                    Politics/revolution

Languages/dialects              Bilingualism/code-switching

Culture/myth                        Racism/prejudice

Nostalgia/memory               Economies and capital

Nationalism                           Resistance power

Submission Criteria:

1. Abstracts and papers must be in English.

2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words.

3. Abstracts must contain the following information: Name of the presenter, affiliation and status,  

mailing address, the title of the paper.

4. Presentation time limit 20 minutes (8 pages maximum).

5. Send abstracts to: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/gsc17