UNCG EGSA 2018 Literature and the Non-Literary: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Answering the “so what?” of Literature

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro EGSA
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Literature and the Non-Literary:

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Answering the “so what?” of Literature


Call for Papers


The English Graduate Student Association at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro would like to invite Faculty and Graduate Students to submit proposals (250 words for a paper and 500 for a panel) to our annual spring 2018 conference. This year, our theme is “Literature and the Non-Literary” focusing on interdisciplinarity and the myriad ways in which our study of literature affects and is affected by other academic disciplines. We would like to extend a particular invitation to our colleagues in fields other than English. The conference will take place February 23rd and 24th at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina.


An ongoing question in our work as scholars, practitioners, and teachers is “So what?”. As researchers, answering this question is vital for a good article. As teachers, however, we are asked to demonstrate the applicability of literature to our students’ lives and their own interests outside English departments. Interdisciplinarity in our research brings new ideas and methods into the English profession, and acknowledges that few scholars are “only” interested in literature. We, too, are complex human beings beyond our official concentrations. We are more than “just English people.”


In addition to the faculty and graduate panels, we will host an undergraduate poster session during the Friday night reception. UNCG undergraduates are invited to submit proposals (250 words) for these presentations.


The deadline for papers is December 31st. If you would be interested in chairing a panel at the conference but do not have a particular panel in mind to propose, please indicate that in your email as well. With your proposal, please include a brief bio and description of your technology needs. Please email your materials to egsa2018uncg@gmail.com.


Example panels/submissions include presentations along the lines of:

Literature and Rhetoric

Literature and Performance

Literature and Psychology

Literature and Politics

Literature and the Sciences

Literature and Student Engagement

Literature across the Centuries

Literature as a Global Phenomenon

Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Literature and Pedagogy: Teaching English to Students Across Majors


Feel free to treat the conference topic as flexibly as you wish within the spirit of interdisciplinarity approaches to literature.