UPDATE: [Graduate] St. John's University Graduate Conference

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Michael Jacobs
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stjohns.gradconf@gmail.com

St. John’s University

English Graduate Conference
“The Disciplines of English”
April 4, 2009

Manhattan Campus

Presented by English Graduate Studies at St. John’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
constituents—comprised of, but not limited to, literary studies, creative
writing, cultural studies, composition studies, and theory—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
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.

Call for Presentations

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 other disciplines?

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, 2009.

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