Real & Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean -- Grad conf.; Feb. 8-9, 2013

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Call for Papers

Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU) and Prof. Abdulkader Sinno (Indiana University Bloomington)

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2012

On behalf of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we are pleased to announce the organization of the graduate student conference "Real and Imaginary Borders Across the Mediterranean." This conference will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign over a period of two days: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2013.

This conference will explore the risk of crossing borders and boundaries– whether national, psychological, cultural, or political – of the Mediterranean. We would like to invite graduate students with interests that span antiquity to present day and hope to include participants across multiple disciplines. Proposals may address, but are not restricted to, the following areas of study:

Art History
Comparative Literature
Gender and Sexuality
Film and Media Studies
Performance Studies
Political Science

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (approximately 8-10 pages of double-spaced text). Please send an abstract and cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, and contact information (including phone number and e-mail address) to the conference organizers – Ashley DiGregorio and Elysse Longiotti – at Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and should be in Microsoft Word format.

For more information regarding the conference, please refer to the conference website: