Transforming Access: A Graduate Student Conference

full name / name of organization: 
University of Cincinnati Composition Program
contact email: 
transformaccess2014@gmail.com

The University of Cincinnati Composition Program invites proposals for the fifth annual graduate student conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Our emphasis this year is the transformation of access: providing a place for questions, insights, concerns, and critique in order to broaden the definition and extend the conversation.

Access can be intangible, invisible, assumed, privileged. Access is what we take for granted until we don’t have it or can’t get it. Access is in relationship to food, water, wages, transportation, representation, art, technology, justice, privacy, education, technology, medicine, nature, housing, and travel. Transforming access is relevant across the academy, in the academy’s role in the world, and beyond.

In the spirit of access, we encourage researchers from all academic disciplines to submit proposals (individual and panel submissions) that address the theme of transforming access. The following questions are of particular interest to us, but we look forward to additional insights.

What are the politics of access to education, medicine, law, physical spaces, or human rights?
How might access be used to transform our understanding of nations and borders?
What does access mean in a global context?
How does technology transform access?
What issues of access arise in climate studies?
What is the role of access in the creation and distribution of art?
How is access altering our narratives of identity and community?

We invite alternative approaches to the traditional conference paper, including sessions that showcase film, live performance, audience participation, and multimodal presentations. There is no fee to attend or present at the Transforming Access conference.

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2014

For more information and to send proposals, questions, or comments, visit the conference website at http://transformingaccessuc.wordpress.com or write to us at: transformaccess2014@gmail.com.

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