CFP: [American] Negotiating Land: New Readings (grad)

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Joshua Bartlett
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The SUNY Albany English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) announces its
seventh annual graduate student conference:

Negotiating Land: New Readings

Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2009
Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus, SUNY Albany

Call for Proposals:

Contemporary conversations about changing global spaces continue to prompt
interrogations of dominant and alternative geographies—planetary,
technological, literary. This has resulted in the emergence of new
perspectives on how to understand the spaces—textual, pedagogical,
political, geographical, etc.—from which, into which, and about which we
read land and terrestriality. This conference will encourage discussion
that spans temporal and cultural milieus and will enable graduate students
working in a variety of areas and disciplines to address the ways in which
21st century scholarship considers issues of spatiality. It also presents
a unique opportunity to engage ways in which diverse theories are
always-already explicitly and implicitly activating larger vocabularies of
landscape and land. Possible areas of inquiry may include but are not
limited to:

• Terrestriality and the Non-Human
• Processes of Naturalization
• Ideologies of Cartography/Mapmaking
• Issues of Cosmopolitanism/Planetarity
• Landscape: Noun or Verb?
• Environmental/Geographic Readings of Texts
• Borders, Citizenship, Subjectivity, and Sovereignty
• Transnational/Intercontinental Mediations
• Virtual and/or Technological Landscapes
• Travel/Tourism Discourses
• Homeland
• Urban Development
• Constructs of Time, Terrestrial Time
• Genealogical/archival space(s)
• Regional literatures

Paper proposals (250 word maximum) should be sent to
by no later than March 1, 2009. Please label e-mail subject as “2009
conference”. For more information, visit our website:

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