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St. Johnâ€™s University
English Graduate Conference
â€œThe Disciplines of Englishâ€
April 4, 2009
Presented by English Graduate Studies at St. Johnâ€™s University
As a discipline that continues to define and redefine itself according to the perpetual addition,
loss, and reclamation of its many sub-disciplines, English has become a space in which its
defining constituentsâ€”comprised of, but not limited to, literary studies, creative writing, cultural
studies, composition studies, and theoryâ€”persistently seek to both distinguish themselves from
one another and blur their accepted distinctions. It is the latter notion, the deconstruction of
boundaries between the sub-disciplines of English, which this conference, organized by the
English Graduate Studies Organization, strives to explore. More than that, however, we are
interested in discourse that addresses the symbiotic coexistence of English and other disciplines
of the academy in spaces of research and scholarship.
We are welcoming graduate student presentations that address disciplinary and sub-disciplinary
convergence with respect to English. Some questions to consider are:
1. How can we work as instructors/students/future administrators to create bridges between
the sub-disciplines within English?
2. How do we, as scholars, examine texts through employing multiple interpretive lenses
cultivated from the various sub-disciplines? How does critical analysis or theory implement
interpretive methodologies from disciplines outside of English?
3. How can we work to create more opportunities for collaboration within the discipline? With
4. How does our dissertation/thesis identification mark us and limit us in the job field and
future scholarly work? Can we get around it?
5. To what extent do the perceived distinctions among the sub-disciplines represent false
dichotomies? What happens when we complicate and blur the lines? How does this work within
the context of applied theory?
Panel abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Individual abstracts should be 150-200
words in length. Individual presentation time will be limited to 15-20 minutes (7 to 10 pages).
Pre-arranged panels have discretion with respect to the use of their session time, but they must
stay within the designated session time allotment. All sessions will last 75 min. Panel
applications must identify the format of their presentations (paper readings, roundtable
discussions, interactive workshops, etc.). Submissions must include name, institutional
affiliation, phone number, address, email address, and a list of audio/visual equipment needed
for your presentation. If applying as a panel, include the above information for each presenter.
Please email abstracts to stjohns.gradconf_at_gmail.com no later than January 15, 2008.
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