[UPDATE] - CFP – So What?: Exploring the Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century (DEADLINE EXTENDED - 12/15)

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North Carolina State University (NCSU) Association of English Graduate Students

Call For Papers – "So What?: Exploring the Importance and Implications of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century"

Third Annual Graduate Student Conference

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our third annual graduate student conference, which will be held February 24-25, 2012 in Raleigh, NC.

In this conference, we wish presenters and participants to examine and explore the continued need for humanities studies, and the place of humanities studies in societies that increasingly value technological advances in communication.

We encourage graduate students from all areas of the humanities to submit and share their research. We welcome submissions that reframe existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of humanities studies, and the possible trajectories of the fields that comprise the humanities in the coming decades.

Potential questions may include any of the following: What significance does an individual's humanities research have on academia? How do individual genre & subject studies (i.e., Renaissance studies, eco-criticism, queer studies, colonial studies, socio-linguistics, etc.) benefit or bolster academic communities and, more importantly, society beyond academia? How do changes in literary/humanities research benefit scholars and non-scholars alike? What is the role of serious scholarship on popular culture and media, and how might this scholarship change entertainment, scholarship, and communication? How might the exploration of linguistic and/or rhetorical history, patterns, and evolution benefit society? What is the role of visual texts (moving and still pictures, sculpture, street art, etc.) in commenting on and reacting to cultural and societal shifts?

In order to answer some of these questions, we are seeking submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- The role of technology in the academy, i.e. digital humanities
- Needs for new modes of scholarship, collaborative study, inter/crossdisciplinary studies, new and emerging methodologies, and increased communication between the humanities and other fields
- How language shapes research in all fields
- Communication between academic and popular readers
- Applied humanities
- Changing boundaries of "text"
- Reexamining categories based on author- and readership, national identities, and political/cultural theories
- Reconciling historical perspectives with emerging trends
- Function of humanities in society at large

We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities: English studies, literature, linguistics, film studies, creative writing, scientific/technical writing, rhetoric & composition, cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies and others.

Proposals for individual presentations should be no more than 300 words.

Email your submissions to aegs.symposium@gmail.com. Include your name and institution in the body of your email.

Deadline: December 15, 2011