CFP: [Graduate] Interrogating "âisms": Issues of Power from the Streets to Academia

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Ruxandra Radulescu
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The American Studies Program at Purdue University announces its 34th annual
Symposium to be held April 16-19, 2008. Our theme, “Interrogating â€"isms:
Issues of Power from the Streets to Academia,” intends to frame discussions
about the interplay of activism and scholarship within our academic
community. By “activism” we mean deliberate behavior or action intended to
effect desired change. Conversations that explore what accounts for change
and what activism is involves an examination of the various forms of
oppression (racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) experienced within society
and the challenges one faces when confronting power. “Activism” also calls
into question who constitutes the community that speaks, theorizes, and
proposes solutions for the change envisioned. In this sense, our symposium
hopes to acknowledge a shift within American Studies to cultivate
scholarship that bridges the divide between the halls of academe and
people, in general, who form the communities in which we live. In
particular, we are concerned with knowledge creation that involves the
input of those outside of academe and collective efforts to shape
consciousness about issues impacting our society.

Organized by graduate students, this year’s symposium will take place over
the course of three days and focuses specifically on the presentation of
graduate student work. The Symposium Committee invites students of all
disciplines to submit proposals no longer than one page in length for
panels, individual papers, workshops, or performances that examine some
issue of power. Proposed work may consider the ways in which power
manifests, is recognized, negotiated, and utilized. We are also interested
in work that addresses the ways in which power is confronted in order to
effect change.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• Critical Race Theory
• Transnational Studies
• Labor and Class Studies
• Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Theory
• Cultural Studies
• Popular Culture and Media Studies
• Intersectionality Theory
• Literary Studies
• Religious Studies
• Academic Freedom Issues
• Social and Political Movements
• Pedagogy, Politics, and the Classroom
• Hierarchy within Academia
• Politics of Identity and the Field of American Studies
• Performance Studies
• Performance Art (Spoken Work, Poetry, Independent Films, Dramatizations)

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2009

Please submit along with your proposal a biography of no more than 250
words and a current CV with contact information (especially your email
address). Submissions may be made electronically to Philathia Bolton at or to Michelle Carreon at

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