CFP: [Medieval] Southwest Graduate English Symposium 10/15/07; 2/29-3/1/07

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Alicia M. Wise
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Public Information Dissemination and the (Re) Invention of Communications
and Communities: Transmission, Translation, Transgression. Southwest
Graduate English Symposium (9/30/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08

During the Reformation in Early Modern Europe, the reformers used visual
media, along with written texts, to disseminate their doctrine to the
populace. The visual transmissions took form in woodcuts, pamphlets, and
paintings and often contained lewd and controversial imagery degrading
Catholic figures and beliefs. These visual Medias, however, also were
accompanied with written text. Due to the limited amount of people able
to read (most being either clergy or well-off), the visual medias,
targeted at the populace in of themselves became vehicles of hierarchal

This instance of history begs the question: how does education or a lack
thereof affect how one understands information being disseminated to
them? Are hierarchies and class-systems reinforced or negated despite
Medias being targeted to all audiences? In visual media, specifically,
what can be lost in translation and is it done on purpose (and for what

Interdisciplinary panel, paper, and creative submissions are invited for
the 14th annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium at Arizona State
University, Tempe, AZ, held Feb. 29-March 1, 2008.

Submissions are encouraged in fields that include literature, rhetoric
and composition, creative writing, theater studies, communication,
language studies, English education, women and gender studies, film,
visual and media studies, history, psychology, philosophy, religion,
social sciences, and popular culture.

Panel proposals should be no more than 500 words submitted by September
30, 2007. Paper abstracts should be no more than 350 words submitted by
October 15, 2007. Please include home and office numbers, complete
mailing address, e-mail address, professional affiliation, and AV
requirements with your submission.

Please submit all proposals and any questions to
(Attention Alicia Wise)

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