UPDATE: Stony Brook University 2014 Graduate Conference: “Bonds”

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Stony Brook University / English Department
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sbuenglishgradcon@gmail.com

We invite paper proposals for our 26th-annual graduate conference, organized by Stony Brook University’s Graduate English Society. The conference will be held at Stony Brook Manhattan on 1 March 2014.

This year’s theme, “bonds,” speaks to a number of important issues in our lives as both students and citizens. Bonds may refer to issues of togetherness, or the forging of bonds (marriage, nationalism, and community); separation, or the breaking of bonds (racism, sexism, hierarchies, economies of violence); economics (bonds in the financial sense, as well as larger concerns of economic critique, investment, and debt in literature and other media); adaptation (the bonds connecting literary, screen, and stage works); as well as our sense of responsibility and community within the profession as aspiring scholars and educators. We invite abstracts for papers exploring what holds us together, what breaks us apart, and/or the relative cost of such bonds.

Inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches are welcome. Individual proposals should be around 250-300 words and sent to sbuenglishgradcon@gmail.com by 10 January 2014. The submission of entire 3-paper panels is also encouraged; these proposals should include an abstract for each paper and a 250-300-word description of the panel’s objective. All proposals should include full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Acceptances will be sent out around 15 January.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Eleanor Courtemanche, Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Courtemanche’s research concerns Victorian literature and culture; histories of economics, technology, and design; narrative theory; popular culture; urbanism and steampunk. Her first book, The ‘Invisible Hand’ and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy, and the Genre of Realism, was published by Palgrave in 2011.

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