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

full name / name of organization: 
Chelsea Gunter
contact email: 
cdg271@nyu.edu

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:

 defining dystopia
 utopias in perspective
 philosophical utopias
 Marxist utopias
 the risk of positing a utopian vision
 exile and utopia
 dystopia and narrative structure
 comparisons of utopia and dystopia
 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 nyu.geo_at_gmail.com

For submission of individual papers, please send abstracts of no more
than 250 words to nyu.geo_at_gmail.com 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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