Crisis and Resistance (U. of Idaho Grad Conference) April 6-7, 2012. (Deadline Jan. 27, 2012)

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Crisis and Resistance: Texts, Tumult and Transformation

The Graduate Students in Literature at the University of Idaho invite submissions for interdisciplinary conference presentations on the topic of crisis and resistance. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. T.V Reed, whose research pertains to cultural theory, contemporary American fiction, social movements and popular culture. Dr. Reed is Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University and is the 2011 winner of the Mary C. Turpie Award.

The primary goal of this conference is to consider how literature and other mediated texts act as proponents of change. We want to explore how texts can serve as artifacts and inspiration for social, cultural, and political crisis and resistance. The twenty-first century's social, cultural, political and environmental tensions expand the scope of (in) justice, the ways in which texts can inspire resistance and/or change and the catalytic relationship between crisis, tumult and transformation. Our world is teeming with opportunities for resistance. With the onset of another election year and a shift from rhetoric of change to rhetoric of patience, it is timely that we explore these issues.

The conference welcomes interdisciplinary papers, comparative works and different methodologies. We encourage submissions from an array of perspectives which address, stand up for, or analyze the influences that work against the disenfranchised. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, an exploration of the following:

·How do texts function as revolutionary testimony?

·What is the role of texts in inciting change?

·What role does rhetoric play in decoding oppositional relationships?

·How do texts resist racial inequalities?

·How might crisis function as an impetus for action and serve as testimony to that action?

·How are issues of change, opposition and resistance used in political rhetoric?

·How have literature, film and art worked as cultural buffers to trauma and crisis?

·What is the relationship between the current state of gender identities and crisis and trauma?

·How might an environmental approach affect interpretations of crisis?

·What is the relationship between theological crisis and theological justice?

·How might a Queer lens affect the interpretation of justice and uncover new modes of resistance?

·How is crisis used or eliminated from disability rhetoric?

·How do new forms of media such as video games, social networking sites, or internet "webisodes" function as oppositional texts and work toward justice?

Please email your proposal, including a 300 word abstract (with title), contact information, and audiovisual needs, if any, to Miranda Million, University of Idaho, by Friday, January 27th, 2012.