[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE: "Isms" Conference: March 22, Abstract Deadline Jan 13th

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Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi

Isms: An Exploration into the Invisible Barriers of Classification

A conference hosted by Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi Chapter and sponsored by the CSUN English Department and the Distinguished Speaker Award.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at California State University, Northridge

Beliefs, ideologies, labels, titles: these are just a sample of the systems within which we operate in on an ever day basis: the isms. Sometimes they cause conflict; other times they unite. But what really are these systems?

We are interested in work that investigates the various isms of the past, present, and future, in order to examine how the ism functions. How are they created and propagated? Do they isolate peoples or unite them, stigmatize or revolutionize? Should the isms be cultivated or avoided, continually added to or subtracted from? And can examining these systems help us re-imagine what power can/should be, or will we merely be reconstructing a new form of power?

We invite graduate and undergraduate works, both creative and scholarly, across most genres that explore, scrutinize, dismember, defend, upend, or create the isms that affect us in seen and unseen ways ever day.

Keynote Speaker: Dodie Bellamy – author of Academonia and The Buddhist. She has taught at Antioch University, San Francisco State University, and California College of the Arts.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:
- Blended and Multi-Genres: Hybridity, Liminality, Interstitiality
- Slipstream, Speculative, Surrealist Narratives
- Creative Non-Fiction
- Poetry, Poetics, Lyric Essays
- Globalization
- World Literatures, Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies
- Popular Culture, Film Studies, New Media
- Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies
- Pedagogy, Narratology, Rhetoric and Composition
- Unlikely juxtapositions in Literature, Film, Art, etc
- Gender, Race, Class, and Politics
- Linguisitics
- Identity, Identities, Identification(s)

Please submit your abstract of 250-350 words to sigmataudeltaiotachi@gmail.com by January 13, 2013. Include your name and contact information with your abstract/proposal.