Occupy the Academy: Reinterpreting and Reinventing our Role Within Academia April 13, 2012

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Annual IUP EGO/GSA Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
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The IUP English Graduate Organization welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, history, political science, history, and other related fields. Planned and organized by IUP Graduate Students, this year's conference seeks to examine the role that higher learning must play in an ever-changing and tumultuous political, economic, and cultural landscape. As Bill Readings says in The University in Ruins, "Teaching, we are told, is undervalued in favor of research, while research is less and less in touch with the demands of the real world, or with the comprehension of 'the common reader." Through this conference, we seek to take a step towards redefining the way through which we serve our public. We would be delighted to receive your proposals.

Keynoting this year's conference will be Sophia McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature, PSU.

Individual paper proposals: Please send a 500 word abstract for 15-minute papers, including the title of the paper; presenter's name and institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and e-mail address.

Panel proposals: In addition to providing detailed contact information for each panel member, please send an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the panel's rationale and describing each paper. Submit proposals to (iupego2012@gmail.com) by (insert date).