CFP: [Graduate] New York Universityâs Graduate English Organization Conference on Utopian and Dystopian Literatures

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Chelsea Gunter
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New York University’s Graduate English Organization Conference on Utopian
and Dystopian Literatures
April 10-11, 2009

New York University’s English Department will host a conference for
graduate students aimed at exploring utopian and dystopian literature of
all periods. We will be exploring a number of questions including, but
not limited to: What marks a work of literature as utopian or dystopian?
Is there a social consequence to projecting a utopian vision? In what way
is literature edited so that it presents current utopian visions? How
can a current utopian/dystopian vision be linked to a contemporary
narrative of linear time as progress?

Possible topics include:

ï'§ defining dystopia
ï'§ utopias in perspective
ï'§ philosophical utopias
ï'§ Marxist utopias
ï'§ the risk of positing a utopian vision
ï'§ exile and utopia
ï'§ dystopia and narrative structure
ï'§ comparisons of utopia and dystopia
ï'§ temporality and utopian/dystopian vision

Proposals for panels and individual papers are welcome. The deadline for
submission of panel proposals is January 1, 2009. Please send your panel
title, one-page description (limit 5000 words) and goals, as well as
tentative list of papers with appropriate abstracts and speaker
information to

For submission of individual papers, please send abstracts of no more
than 250 words to accompanied by your personal
information including: name, contact information, affiliation, year in
graduate school, and a working title. The deadline for abstract
submission is January 15, 2009. Please include any request for A/V
equipment with your abstract submission.

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