UPDATE- Savagism and Civilization- Submissions Deadline Extended

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University of Oklahoma: Student Association of Graduate English Studies and Native American Studies Department
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*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
Montaigne's quote reveals his astute rendering of the binary between savagism and civilization, noting that it stems from a need to articulate difference in order to preserve one's conception of the "civilized" self. This begs the question of who is really "civilized" and who is "savage." Historically, the classifications of savagism and civilization have provided a foundation to justify, reinforce and perpetuate colonial and imperialistic enterprises. More broadly, the theme of this conference speaks to the privileged status such dualistic (and more often than not, antagonistic) approaches to logic have in Western academic institutions.
The possible interpretations of this topic afford many exciting opportunities for scholarly work, both in pop cultural representations and otherwise. We welcome broad interpretations of our conference theme, with the understanding that innovation often resists categorization. Possible paper topics and panels include, but are not limited to, the following:

Colonial/Postcolonial Theory
Creative Works
Cultural Encounters
Gender/Queer Theory
Ideas of Nationhood
Indigenous Studies
Local/Regional Political Initiatives (such as Oklahoma's own State Question 755)
Music Studies
New Criticism
Pop Culture
Travel Literature
Visual Art

This conference is being sponsored by the Student Association of Graduate English Studies and the Native American Studies department at the University of Oklahoma, and will be held on October 14, 2011 at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. Keynote speakers for this conference include Dr. Joshua Nelson, who specializes in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, a professor of Native American Literature at Oklahoma State University and the current editor of American Indian Quarterly.

Please send an abstract not exceeding 250 words to sages@ou.edu no later than Friday, September 16, 2011.