Agora: TAMUC Graduate Student Conference

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English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) at Texas A&M University-Commerce
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English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD)


Agora: TAMUC Graduate Student Conference

April 12-13, 2012
Texas A&M University-Commerce
(Submission deadline extended until Feb. 29th)

Keynote Speakers
Roberta Seelinger Trites, Jay Telotte, Sara Cushing Weigle

Call for Conference Papers:
The Agora as constructed by the early Greeks was a public assembly space—the town square where merchants and philosophers met to exchange goods and ideas. Today, the Agora has evolved from the city square and market place as the convergence of many public interests to a virtual space in which different cognitive, epistemological, communicative stances meet together and compare, contrast, and argue on processes of knowledge and science. It is in that same spirit that the English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) of Texas A&M University-Commerce provides the Agora as a market place of ideas. Submissions are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

For the first time, in order to meet specific interests of research and reflection, the EGAD conference will be organized in four sections that correspond to the four "souls" of our graduate program at both the master's and doctoral levels:

Film studies
Branches of Linguistics
Rhetoric and Composition Studies

See below for specific calls for each section listed above.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted to no later than February 29, 2012.

Within the body of the email please include:
email address
title of paper
a brief biographical statement
preferred section: film studies, literature, linguistics, rhetoric/composition
Please attach the abstract submission as either a .doc or .rtf file
Abstracts should be between 250-500 words
If you are making a creative writing submission, please indicate this within the abstract describing the work

Please list any audio and visual equipment necessary for your presentation. Please note that laptops will not be provided.

Conference Fee
$35 early registration (ends February 29, 2012)
$50 late registration (after February 29, 2012)
$12 Friday night awards banquet

Checks can be made payable to: EGAD
Department of Literature and Languages
P. O. Box 3011
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Call details for each section:

Panels are now being formed in the Literature area of the Agora Conference at Texas A&M-Commerce. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract. Given that our conference theme, Agora, focuses on an area where a plethora of people and ideas intersect, proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are invited.
Our keynote speaker is Roberta Seelinger Trites, children's literature scholar and author of Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature and Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children's Novels.
However, we welcome submissions from a diverse range of disciplines, critical perspectives, and time periods, as well. To that end, we are interested in continuing to promote work in:
Children's Literature
American Literature
British Literature
Race, Gender, Class and/or Ability Studies
Queer Studies
Cultural History
Graphic Narratives
Science Fiction

We also seek to broaden the scope of our conversations by encouraging panels that draw from areas frequently under-represented at graduate conferences such as (but certainly not limited to):

Literature in Translation
World Literature
National and Migrant Identities in Literature
Literary Radicalism
Environmentalism(s) in Literature
Food and Beverage Cultures
Literature of Fan Culture
Politics in/of Literature
Creative Pieces

Film Studies
The film studies section is accepting paper and panel proposals that explore film as representative of social and/or historical contexts, especially relating to the various ways in which film can serve as a marketplace of ideas in our culture. Possible topics of relevance include (but are not limited to):

What do film adaptations say about our ideas and values at a given period of time?
In what ways do cult films (and the cults surrounding them) function as an exchange of ideas?
How has film as a narrative medium, as well as a representation of culture, served to influence history?
How has economy altered the way that movies are made as well as marketed?
What sort of cultural implications do these alterations have?
How does film censorship alter exchanges of ideas?

We also welcome any proposals for other topics of interest from all areas of film study.
Jay Telotte is our keynote speaker. He is the Interim Chair, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Communication and Culture. He is also a co-editor of the film journal, Post Script, in addition to having numerous publications on film, television and literary studies.

Branches of Linguistics
We invite papers from any area of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, or their applications. Besides the traditional core areas (phonetics, phonology,morphology, syntax, semantics, first and second language acquisition), fields of interest include, but are not limited to the following: 
historical linguistics
corpus linguistics
discourse analysis
textual analysis
computational linguistics

Moreover, interdisciplinary approaches are more than welcome as long as linguistics and its branches play a significant role in the investigation. Among the many areas that can be addressed:
communication and mass communication
creative writing

Sara Cushing Weigle is our keynote speaker. She is an associate professor in the department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University.

Rhetoric and Composition
The Rhetoric and Composition section is accepting paper and panel proposals that explore the intersections between the metaphor of the marketplace, writing, writing centers, and pedagogy. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Academic labor and the institution
The political economy of writing and writing centers
Exchange(s) within the classroom
Technical writers within the job market
The dual enrollment classroom as a site of transition
We also welcome any proposals for other topics of interest from all areas, especially interdisciplinary studies, WAC/WID theory, and ESL/TESOL.