Authority: Questioning Power Structures within the Humanities and Beyond

deadline for submissions: 
January 12, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Graduate Students in English Organization / University of Arkansas
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Authority: Questioning Power Structures within the Humanities and Beyond
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
March 3, 2018

The theme of the 2018 GSE Conference is Authority, acknowledging and questioning power and authority within the humanities and beyond.

The authors of literary, artistic, social, cultural, pedagogical, and political texts and structures have always influenced, controlled, or revolutionized disciplines, epistemologies, methodologies, technologies, and institutions. Acts of powerful authorship, then, produce indelible historical moments that unsettle or problematize our understanding of what all literature, art, and theory can accomplish.

We envision this interdisciplinary conference to produce dynamic literary, cultural, and historical interpretations and critiques of texts from across the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences.

We welcome proposals for individual papers and encourage proposals for panels on the following aspects of authority in the humanities:

  • Inventing the canon
  • Questioning the center
  • The craft of writing fiction, poetry, or translation
  • Writing history
  • Theorizing power
  • Authorizing bodies and movement
  • Embodiment and the State
  • Dystopian authorities
  • Hegemony, subordination, and marginalization
  • Disruptive, innovative technologies
  • Dictatorships, oligarchies, and other authoritarian states
  • Segregating power
  • Protecting human rights
  • Unauthorized immigration, migrations, and diasporic experiences
  • Controlling images, stereotypes, and myths
  • Regulating reproductive rights

Of course, we welcome all creative and scholarly work on all aspects of authority in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences.

We invite all graduate students and advanced undergraduates at the University of Arkansas and other institutions to participate, especially students in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Please send your individual paper proposals and panel proposals to by January 12, 2018.

Proposals for individual papers and panels should consist of a title and abstract. Please include institutional affiliation and all relevant email addresses.