Of Darkness and Light

deadline for submissions: 
January 7, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Madison Helman / West Virginia University Graduate Student Union
contact email: 

Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light?
-Ursula Le Guin

Night and day each have their own allure, their own quiet magic. Both existing apart from and working in concert with one another, unable to be separated. Literature often explores these two bookending binaries, as well as probing the areas in between. Authors across time and culture have investigated the inner and outer edges of these extremes, and scholars have, with equal effort, attempted to untangle the significance therein. West Virginia University’s English Graduate Student Union invites you to explore the binaries of light and darkness, as well as the gray areas that spring forth between both. Papers can focus on the ideas of darkness and light—literally or symbolically—as they appear in literary texts, films and other media. Likewise, scholars
are invited to explore the liminal space between the two.

Paper topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities

-Regional Literature




-Socioeconomic Relations

-Data Collection and Futurity

-Genre Studies

-Architecture and Design

-Sensory Studies

Creative writing projects are also accepted and encouraged. If you are submitting a creative writing abstract, please mark it as such in the subject line of your email.


Abstracts should be 150 words and include your name, academic affiliation, and technology needs. Please send them to egsuconference@gmail.com by January 7, 2019

The conference will take place March 23, 2019, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Keynote TBA.