Call for Special Sessions - (dis)junctions 2014

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UCR (dis)junctions 2014

We are happy to begin accepting proposals for special sessions at this year's 21st annual (dis)junctions conference, on April 11-12, 2014. (dis)junctions is the interdisciplinary conference hosted by the English graduate students at UC Riverside, and is designed as a friendly forum for graduate students of all levels to introduce their latest work. Annually, we bring together graduate student scholars from across disciplines, schools, states, and countries---last year we had 29 panels, with 97 presenters from 3 countries and 20 different stats. The theme of this year's conference, "Irreverent Readings," is geared specifically toward innovative projects working with materials, methodologies, and ideas which are not necessarily canonical, mainstream, popular, or even all that respected. We invite your radical ideas, subversive arguments, contrary views, renegade theories, and irreverent readings. This year, the (dis)junctions will host 2 keynote speakers: Virginia Jackson, UCI Chair of Rhetoric, from the Univeristy of California, Irvine; and Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

(dis)junctions 2014 will be a place to try out the new, to resist the powerful, to generate the future of scholarship. Students working in underrepresented areas or with non-canonical texts are especially encouraged to apply. Don't stand on the shoulders of giants; tip those giants over and see what they were standing on. Eat your (theoretical) parents! While a broad array of time periods, approaches and subjects are represented at our conference, we have a particular strength in book history, archive, manuscript, and material culture studies, as well as science fiction and technoculture studies.

We welcome special sessions from a wide array of fields, approaches, and disciplines, but encourage CFPs to engage with the conference theme in some way. To allow scholars engagement in their field of interest, panel proposers are not restricted to moderate their panel, if they would instead like to participate (though, moderating is also an option). More information is available at at To submit a call for papers, please send a 250-500 page proposal via the submission form at no later than November 30th, 2013.