Western Illinois University English Graduate Organization/Sigma Tau Delta Conference: “‘Uncertain Terrain’: Negotiating Identities in the Global Community”

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Western Illinois University English Graduate Organization
contact email: 

“‘Uncertain Terrain’: Negotiating Identities in the Global Community”

How do you find your place in society without losing parts of yourself? In “Chicana Artists: Exploring Nepantla, el Lugar de la Frontera, Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “Nepantla is the Nahuatl word for an in-between state, that uncertain terrain one crosses when moving from one place to another when changing from one class, race, or gender position to another, when traveling from the present identity to a new identity.” We would like to note that the search for comfort in one’s skin is important and not just a passing wave. The means to define the self has long been a recurring theme in literary discourse. How do the limitations of language influence how we see ourselves? This conference invites us to explore the multiplicity of identities that construct humankind and the complexities of negotiating one’s gender, race, class, ethnicity, and other forms of personal identities as demonstrated through literature, film, television, and other cultural artifacts.

Proposals: Propose a paper or a complete panel,critical or creative. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Latinx Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Gender Identities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Multi Ethnic Representation
  • Politics of Identity
  • Inclusivity in Pedagogy
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Globalized Identities
  • Xenophobia, Nationalism, and Identity

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Please send 250-word abstracts to ego@wiu.edu by Monday, September 30, 2019!

Contact Information:

  • Email: ego@wiu.edu
  • Mailing Address: The English Graduate Organization / Sigma Tau Delta Conference. The Department of English, 124 Simpkins Hall, Macomb, IL. 61455
  • Phone: 309.298.1103
  • For further information, please visit our website: http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english/ego/

The keynote address, "Making Face, Claiming Space: Reimagining Latinidades Through Aesthetic Practices of Alterity," will be delivered by Dr. Ariana Ruiz from the University of Iowa on October 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Morgan Hall room 109. 

Registration: EGO will inform you of your acceptance to the conference via email. Once you are accepted, all registration happens on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8:30am in Simpkins Hall Student Lounge. Registration Page

Price for Presenting: $10 (undergraduates), $15 (graduates), $20 (faculty), which includes breakfast fare and lunch. Registration fee can be paid at the conference in cash, credit card, check, or in advance by post to the following address: EGO/STD Conference/ Department of English/ c/o Roberta Di Carmine/ 1 University Circle Macomb, IL 61455

Lodging: WIU recommends the following hotels for your stay in Macomb: https://www.makeitmacomb.com/stay/