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Special Topics Panel: Gender Studies; LSU Mardi Gras Conference; February 7-8, 2013; Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012
full name / name of organization:
LSU English Graduate Student Association
CFP: Special Topics Panel, Gender Studies
The 2013 Mardi Gras Conference theme is “In Momentum: Literature, Travel, and Alterity.” (See http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/47987 for the conference-wide CFP.) This timely theme asks for a discussion of notions of place and space, for considerations of how travel and movement, boundedness and freedom, can be considered in terms of literature, art, science, thought. Under that larger umbrella of movement and travel, this panel asks for proposals that deal specifically with issues of travel, space, and movement as they relate to women’s and gender studies. Feminist and queer theory has a long history of creating a space for itself in terms of borderlands, of the in-between. Judith Butler has suggested that where boundaries are most heavily demarcated is where the chance to re-envision those boundaries and borders, those meanings, is most possible. Gloria Anzaldua, in Borderlands/La Frontera, articulates the importance of the space between, the power and possibility for self-definition that can be had in existing in a space that is neither here nor there. This panel seeks any papers considering gender studies and movement or travel, with particular emphasis on borders, transitional spaces, and “the in-between.” Possible topics:
Papers from a variety of disciplines are encouraged. By December 1, 2012, please submit an abstract of 250 words and a working title as an attachment along with contact information, including name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email address, and phone number to Stephanie Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.