CFP: [Professional] Alternate Publication Genres (3/1/09; MLA 09)

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Timothy Carmody
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Gaining a Public Voice: Alternate Genres of Publication for Graduate Students
(3/1/09; 12/27-30/09)

Call for abstracts; MLA session sponsored by the Committee on the Status of
the Graduate Students in the Profession (CSGSP)

This panel examines graduate students’ transition from the classroom to the
public, within and beyond the scholarly community. While graduate training
initiates young scholars into the discursive behavior and traditions of
their department, the broader disciplinary contexts of knowledge
construction become increasingly important as graduate students leave that
intimate framework and make use of the various genres of publication.

For graduate students, these usually include the “traditional” genres of
journal articles, book reviews, conference papers, job and fellowship
applications, and the thesis or dissertation. Increasingly, graduate
students can make use of alternate genres of publication, whether academic
(editions and translations, book publications), journalistic (newspaper
articles, interviews, letters, public speeches), creative (fiction, poems,
memoirs, visual art), or digital (weblogs, forums, social networking
sites). In short, the social and disciplinary contexts of publication are
in flux, as are norms of exposure, style, productivity, ethical and
political responsibilities, and boundaries separating disciplines and
genres from one another.

How do the accepted and expected practices of publishing affect academic
writing (length, structures, reviewing and publishing practices). Beyond
the disciplinary contexts, do the humanities have a social responsibility?
Should literary and cultural studies scholars, whose expertise lies in
critical interpretation, integrate more with social/natural sciences to
offer critical models, and ultimately aid in the ethical and moral issues
on a larger social level? Can we use language to bridge the gap and take
larger social responsibility in these matters?

We welcome presentations from a broad spectrum that foster discussions
about practical, theoretical, and social aspects of these processes. We are
soliciting papers from various disciplines in the hope that our panel will
provide a space to reflect on the different dimensions of gaining a public
voice within and beyond academia. We are particularly interested in papers
from current or recent graduate students. Papers might address the
following areas but we welcome other topics as well.

* (alternative) genres of going public
* socio-linguistic aspects of publishing
* epistemological aspects of different publishing options
* the relationship between the genres of graduate education and genres of
going public
* public discourses vs. institutional environments
* theories of knowledge construction
* Issues of power, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality,
nationality, (dis)ability, and language
* (inter-/trans-) disciplinary environments and the public voice
* technical dimensions, funding and the economics of going public
* the relation between publication and the political

Please send your abstract (approx. 300 words) by March 1, 2009 to the panel
organizers Timothy Carmody ( and Jens Kugele

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