"The Drawn Map" Graduate Student Conference--Jan 15th Extended Deadline

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Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association
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"The Drawn Map":
Northeastern English Graduate Student Association's graduate student conference
March 13-14, 2010

Key note Speaker (see further speaker info below):

Professor Martin Bruckner
University of Delaware
"Cartography in Motion: Ambulatory Maps and Visual Perception in Eighteenth-Century America"

Faculty Speaker:

Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
Northeastern University

& Professionalization Roundtable:
"Mapping the Archive"

The English Graduate Student Association of Northeastern University invites papers for this year's conference which explore maps and mappings in literature, theory, film and art. We might think of the discourse of literature as a spatial practice, working through global paradigms, transnational encounters, and charting the topographies and contours of cultural, textual, and scholarly exchange.

The concept of "The Drawn Map" implies a sense of historical geography and the tensions of the mapped page, the body, and the archive, as they are recorded, drawn, and revised. Maps are surfaces which inscribe codes of knowledge and the architecture of power. They are also flexible cartographies, subject to change, erasure, and new demarcations. Maps impel exploration, travel, conquest, cosmopolitanism, curiosity, diaspora, migration, and imagination. They are also scientific in their plan, graph, and measure. And finally, we might think of maps as articulations- the practice of identifying, naming, classifying and recording. Please see & post attached flier for topics and further information. Speaker information below.

200-word abstracts may be sent to neuegsa@gmail.com by Jan 15. Please include your name and university affiliation.

Martin Brückner is Associate Professor in English and American literature at the University of Delaware, with a secondary appointment in the Center for Material Culture Studies. He is the author of The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity (UNCP, 2006), which received the 2006-2007 Louis Gottschalk Prize. He is a recipient of the Francis Alison Younger Scholar Award (2002) he has held grants and post-doctoral fellowships from various institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon foundation (Omohundro Institute, 2001-2002) and the NEH (Winterthur Museum, Spring 2009). His current research examines the social life of maps in early American culture.

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University. Her research interests include: Early American literature, Atlantic colonialism, the early novel, feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, transatlantic print culture, Caribbean literature, and early American drama. Publications includeThe Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004). Professor Dillon is currently completing the manuscript for New World Drama: Theatre of the Atlantic, 1660-1850 that will be published by Duke University Press; co-editing, with Michael Drexler, a volume of essays on early American culture and the Haitian Revolution. She has receievd the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the humanities at Yale University in 2003; Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize in 2005.

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