"Revisions and Amendments," Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference, Feb. 22, 2014. Proposals due Dec. 15, 2013

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Revisions and Amendments
The 3rd Annual English Graduate Student Association Conference
Georgetown University
February 22, 2014

Keynote address by Kathryn Temple, JD, PhD

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2013

Through retellings, interpretations, and adaptations, narratives are constantly revised and amended. This conference will explore how revisions and amendments alter our understanding of stories, concepts, beliefs, and truths.

How are stories retold by different authors or adapted to different genres? How do textual and paratextual changes amend our understanding of a text? What is at stake in our editorial or narrative decisions? How do our attempts at mediation or restoration alter our subjects? How do revisionary histories reflect or change ideology? How do new laws, discoveries, or inventions change how we interact with each other and the world, and how do they revise our conception of self or past?

Topics may include:

-Commodity culture(s)
-Critical race studies
-Culture of academia/pedagogy
-Disability studies
-Ethics of representation
-Feminist studies
-Film studies
-Hierarchies of power
-Historical periodization
-Human rights
-Law and Literature
-Questions of canonization
-Queer theory

We invite abstracts from across the humanities; graduate students and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Presentations will be organized into panels, with fifteen minutes devoted to each speaker; a Q&A session will follow each panel.

Please submit a 300-word abstract along with your name, the title of your presentation, and your institutional affiliation by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2013. Please submit proposals and/or questions to Kate Zavack (kz86@georgetown.edu). Notification for accepted proposals will be sent to presenters in early January.