[UPDATE] Revolution! A Regional Graduate Student Literature Conference. April 2, 2011

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Christina Hauck, Department of English, Kansas State University
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At our inaugural Kansas State University Regional Graduate Student Conference in Literature, we will explore the ways in which revolutions of all kinds have affected (and continue to affect) our discipline. Revolution! is inspired by Jasbir Puar's groundbreaking work, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which critiques contemporary configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity. Using Puar's work as a touchstone for revolutionary readings, our conference will examine representations of revolution in its various forms—cultural, political, textual, and theoretical—in British and American literature composed during any period.

Who may participate: graduate students in English or other disciplines whose work includes a substantial literature component.

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING ABSTRACTS (thanks to those who have already submitted). We do however still have space in our seminars. Seminars are a relatively new development in our discipline, but they are rapidly becoming an integral part of many important conferences (CSA, MSA, etc). They are an excellent way to exchange ideas and network with students and faculty who share research interests. Participants write brief "position papers" (4-5 pages) that are read and circulated prior to the conference. Because their size is limited, seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek financial support from their institutions as they educate themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. Seminars are one and one half hours in length.

Topics & Leaders
Early Modern Sexualities
Dr. Jennifer Airey, Tulsa University

Literary Problems & Media Shifts
Dr. Alexander Bain, OU (Norman)

Queer Reading
Dr. Elisa Glick, MU (Columbia)

The Harlem Renaissance
Dr. Maureen Honey, UN (Lincoln)

Revolutionary Children's Literature
Dr.Philip Nel, KSU (Manhattan)

Students wishing to join a seminar should send an e-mail indicating first and second topic choices. Seminars will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the seminars visit:


FINANCIAL AID: We are happy to be able to offer small travel stipends to graduate student participants. These will typically range from $30 - $50 per person. If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, all you need to do is email a request to gs_litcon@ksu.edu. Please include the name of the city you will be traveling from and the mileage from there to Manhattan.

EXTENDED DEADLINE for seminar enrollment: January 16, 2011

Notification will occur on or before January 21, 2011

Conference fee of $20 will be due February 1. Travel stipends will be issued during or shortly after the conference.