CFP: [Graduate] The Politics of Imagination: Revolutionary Discourse, Methodology, and Pedagogy

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The 2009 UTSA English Graduate Student Symposium on
“The Politics of Imagination: Revolutionary Discourse, Methodology, and Pedagogy”

Sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio
May 1, 2009 at University of Texas San Antonio in San Antonio, TX

Keynote Speaker: Dr. María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Department of English, Rutgers University

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2009

In 2009, a year identified with notions of hope and change, expectations of revolutionary
thinking hover in a multitude of realms, from economics to academics, from war to peace, and
from globalization to localization. In The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age
of Development, Saldaña-Portillo encourages her readers to rethink narratives of minority and
marginal subjects in the search for and critique of revolution and revolutionary movements,
situating them within racialized and gendered contexts.

This symposium seeks to explore the concepts of revolution and imagination within terms of
discourse, methodology, and pedagogy. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together
graduate students, scholars, writers, and performers from throughout the central and border
regions of Texas.

We invite papers that engage the concepts of revolution and imagination. Papers may challenge,
complicate, critique, or expand current conceptualizations of revolution and imagination in all
disciplines, including, but not limited to, literary, cultural, queer, feminist, environmental,
American, political, subaltern, and bicultural studies. We also encourage topics that propose
revolutionary or imaginative approaches to discourse analysis, methodology, and pedagogy.
Visual arts proposals are highly encouraged because the symposium will feature an exhibition of
artistic responses such as paintings, drawings, and sculptures related to our theme. We also
invite creative writing proposals that bridge disciplines and explore questions of revolution and

Some possible topics include:

Imagined communities/nations/space
Alternative literacies
Revolutionary pedagogies in the grade school, university, or feminist classroom
Neocolonial discourses of development, progress, and difference
Revolutionary and decolonial desire
Postcolonial and Feminist methodologies
Discourses of nativism, hybridity, and mestizaje
Rhetorics of nationhood, sovereignty, and terrorism
Local and global policies (gender, sovereignty, civil/human rights)
Environmental studies
Queer studies
Imagination in the arts
Poetry as a revolutionary art form
Politics and poetry
Body studies
Technologies of imagination
Socio-linguistic studies

Please submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals (comprised of a 250-word
abstract for the panel as a whole and titles for each paper) to by March
1, 2009. Paste your proposal into the body of the email message and include any technology
requests. If submitting a work of art, please attach a low-resolution image of your piece, if
possible, in addition to your abstract. The conference registration fee is $20.00 for pre-
symposium registration and $25.00 for registration at the symposium.

Email Subject: Abstract for Politics of Imagination (please remember to include this in the subject
Deadline: March 1, 2009


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