“Boundary, Abyss, Horizon: Rethinking “Frontier” in Literature and Culture”

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Alabama in Huntsville
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Conference Dates: April 10-11 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Heather Houser (University of Texas at Austin)

“Frontiers” denote unknown spaces and landscapes where intellectual, cultural, historical, social events, and advancements take place or are imagined taking place, especially at the expense of others. As a signifier, then, “frontier” subsumes concepts of boundary and border pertaining to political incursion or displacement. It gestures towards the interplay of what is known and what could be known, while begging us to consider the processes--forceful acquisition or cultural advancement—that afford us such knowledge. Our conference seeks papers that parse the many literary and linguistic uses of “frontier”--whether as landscape or theoretic concept, as intellectual borderland or political abyss. We welcome scholars in literature and writing studies and we, further, invite representations of frontiers in original creative writing works. We invite panelists to Huntsville, Alabama, a city that instantiates the complexities of “frontier,” sitting on the Drane Route of The Trail of Tears and known as the “Rocket City” as the home of NASA and its advancements in space exploration andtechnology. Send 250-word abstracts via email to Joseph Taylor (wjt0003@uah.edu) by February 15, 2020.

Papers may include consideration of "frontier" and frontier concepts in topics such as, but not limited to, the following:

 

Comics/graphic novels

Critical race theory

Cultural studies

Feminism

Film and television

Gender and sexuality studies

Genre studies

History

Literary studies (any historical period or geographic focus)

Pedagogy

Performance studies

Philosophy

Postcolonial studies

Psychoanalytic criticism

Queer theory and/or studies

Religious studies

Science and medicine

Science and technology

Science Fiction

Utopia/Dystopia studies

Visual arts and art history