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Cal State University of Los Angeles English Graduate Students Association

[Note: This CFP is only aimed towards graduate students in the California State University system]

The Cal State L.A. EGSA is proud to organize Significations, an annual academic conference meant to foster graduate level exploration in the fields of literature, composition & rhetoric and creative writing as well as cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies and visual & performing arts.

The conference will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. Students are invited to enter seminar length papers considering any period or genre of literary, linguistic, and visual culture.

The keynote guest speaker this year will be Dr. Joshua Clover of UC Davis whose specialization is in poetry and poetics with an emphasis in contemporary and 20th century American poetry. Among his most recent publications is the book 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About.

Deadline for paper submissions is March 25, 2011. Papers must be between 10-12 pages in length, including Works cited and/or endnotes, and in strict accordance with MLA format. Please submit via e-mail attachment (MS Word only) with a cover sheet stating your name, paper title, street address, e-mail address, phone number, and institutional affiliation. On an additional page, please include a maximum 250-word abstract of your paper along with a short biographical summary of your interests (fewer than 100 words, please). Please do not include your name or other identifying information in the header or body of your paper. Only one submission per student will be considered, so put your best foot forward!

Submissions can be sent to