New Voices, a Graduate English Conference Bodies of Influence: The Human Body in the Humanities and Sciences
Call for Papers
New Voices, a Graduate English Conference
Bodies of Influence: The Human Body in the Humanities and Sciences
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
October 20‐22, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Marilynn Richtarik, Associate Professor of 20th‐Century British and Irish
Literature and author of a critical biography of playwright Stewart Parker, forthcoming from
Oxford University Press.
The human body in all of its glory and gore has fascinated scientists and artists since the cave
paintings of the Neanderthals. This year's New Voices Conference will explore every facet of the
body, focusing on its representation in literature, rhetoric, visual art, theater, dance, film, oratory,
journalism, history, science, sociology, and anthropology, among other fields. This year's theme
traverses a number of disciplines, so scholars in fields outside English Studies are encouraged to
submit proposals. We especially welcome work by graduate students in every area of English
Studies: literature, creative writing, linguistics, pedagogy, and rhetoric and composition.
We hope to engage thought that spans not only fields but other topoi/spaces: rhetorical, cultural,
theoretical, and geographical. Intersections of corporeality and spirituality, psychology and
physiology, and nature and nurture form possible areas of thought and theory. When we see
connections and commonalities, we understand that even though each of us is trapped in our own
skin, we are bound by our common humanity, a humanity represented in part corporeally.
Areas for exploration might include, but are not limited to the following:
The Natural Body;
The Body Politic;
The Body of a Writer's Work;
The Body as Object; and
The Transgressive Body.
See our blog for more ideas: http://newvoicesconference.blogspot.com
Possible Presentation Formats may include:
Panel Presentations (three 20‐minute papers in a 75 minute session);
Roundtables (several short papers presenting questions and topics for discussion among
panelists and audience members);
Workshops (an interactive presentation that engages audience in learning or applying new
principles and concepts and sharing ideas among participants);
Performances (individual or collaborative dramatizations or delivery/performing of
material, with time for audience responses);
Videos (15 minutes or less); and
Podcasts (15 minutes or less).
Please send individual paper proposals and panel proposals of 300 words by September 30, 2011
to New Voices Committee at email@example.com. Under separate cover, please include
your name, title and/or university affiliation, and A/V needs.
For more information, please visit our blog at http://newvoicesconference.blogspot.com