Mod Bods Graduate Conference, February 22-23, Laramie WY

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University of Wyoming, Master of the Arts in English
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We are now welcoming papers on topics related to bodies and modernism, each understood broadly, for our graduate student conference, to be held at the University of Wyoming, February 22-23. Because the definition of "body" is perpetually adapting to modern thought and criticism, we ask that papers discuss bodies (human, animal, textual, political, cultural, geographical, etc) and their relationships to emotion, environment, medicine, science, rhetoric, or language. These bodies may be scarred, gendered, criminal, captive, veteran, traumatized, disabled, and so on. How do we think about bodies and their position in relation to their context? This context, much like the definition of body, is fluid and subject to interpretation. Although bodies hold an interesting place within modernism, the modern context can be adapted to be early modern, postmodern, or the "modern" that best relates to the time period you're interested in. In addition to papers about bodies, we are accepting papers that deal with our constantly evolving relationship to Modernism, modernity, and what we consider the body of Modernist texts.
Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and should include the title for your paper. Papers may be either full-length for a 15 minute presentation or thought papers for a 5-10 minute presentation. Feel free to propose panels of full-length papers, thought papers, or some combination of both. Include with your submission a brief biographical sketch. Please submit abstracts and CVs to Lindsey Grubbs at by February 15.
If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodation or transportation, please email David Bray at We may have funds to significantly defray these costs. Contact David for information. Disability accommodations are available upon request.