2014 Southern Illinois University AEGIS Graduate Conference - March 29, 2014

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Trials, Transgressions, and Taboos

"Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing. Taboos after all are only hangovers, the product of diseased minds, you might say, of fearsome people who hadn't the courage to live and who under the guise of morality and religion have imposed these things upon us." – Henry Miller

The eighth annual AEGIS (Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students) graduate conference invites paper proposals on interdisciplinary topics treating trials, transgressions, and taboos in literature, cinema, the writing process, and popular culture and art.

The act of creating a taboo creates an invisible line across which members of a group dare not cross. Yet lines are crossed and taboos are broken. This moment of transgression often results in a great shift; trial precedes or follows the broken taboo. Works of literature, philosophy, and sociology often concern themselves with just these crucial moments. From Dorothea's rejection of the codicil in Middlemarch, to the father and the son fighting back against the abyss in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, to Freud's Totem and Taboo, we are fascinated by moments of transgression and their many repercussions. The goal of this conference is to explore these moments by explicating the meanings of taboo, transgression, and trial as they appear in culture.

This conference will take place on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

Please send paper abstracts of 250-500 words, along with a brief bio of approximately 100 words, to Ellen Campbell (siucaegis@gmail.com) as an attached .doc, .docx, or .pdf file by December 20th, 2013.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
- Trauma Studies - Torture and Violence
- Disability Studies - The Gothic
- Post-colonial Theory - Gender and Identity Studies
- Queer Studies - Psychoanalysis
- Crime Novels and Mysteries - Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Economic Divisions - Object Theory