Multiplicities: Mapping Identity Through Literature

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Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature
Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
18-19 May, 2012
(Submission deadline 15 March, 2012)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Miami.

Call for Papers:
The Department of English at Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus
will host its tenth annual International Graduate Student Conference
on Friday, 18 May and Saturday, 19 May 2012. The theme of this year's
conference is "Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature." While we
welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of English literary
studies, we would like to encourage proposals that focus on the interplay between multiple and intersecting identities and practices of identification within literature. How do individuals negotiate multiple identities and how do different social, political, cultural, and geographic spaces structure their interactions? What formal or innovative strategies do authors utilize to reflect and transform these multiplicities? How do changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality produce hybrid and multiple/mobile forms of identity, from cyborg to transnational and transgender? Papers may approach questions of identity and subject formation from any of the following critical or theoretical perspectives: cultural studies, transnational studies, comparative studies, migration studies, postcolonial studies, cross-cultural communication, ecocriticism, disability studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory, and/or linguistic studies.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

Gender Identity and Social Space
Cyborgs and Cybercultures
Animals and Ecocriticism
Postmodernism and Ecopoetics
Transnational and Global Narratives
Cultural Identity and Literary Translation
Cross-dressing and Border Crossing
Mobile Subjects and Travel Writing
Cognitive and Sociolinguistic Space
Material Memories
Multi-ethnic Encounters and Urban Space
Subliminal and Supraliminal Voices/Identities
Literature and Virtual Realities
Sexual Identity and the Politics of Desire
Literature and Disability
Identity and Urban Spaces

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Submission of 300-word
proposals in English (abstract only; no full papers) along with short bios should be sent to by 15 March, 2012