Arts and Letters: University of South Florida Spring Conference: April 17th and 18th, 2014

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English Graduate Student Association

The USF English Graduate Student Association's spring conference—April 17th-18th, 2014—will focus on intersections across artistry in world literatures, specifically how authors integrate different forms of artistry into literary production. Intersections, places through which differences meet and manifest, function as an important theme in the writings of marginalized men and women, especially those of color, as they seek to carve out space for self-expression through the humanities. As such, we welcome presenters who intend to explore how these intersections manifest across literature, women's and gender studies, cultural studies, rhetoric, the sciences, communication, and other fields. This conference will feature undergraduate and graduate panels, single presentations, artistic renderings, spoken word, and multimedia projections.

Themes: The conference will cover these themes, which are not exhaustive: Ethnic histories; cultural explorations; memories and resistance; underrepresented voices; intersections across artistry; digital artistry/digital rhetoric/digital media; music across literature; genre-crossing; technological engagement through the arts; cinematic versus literary renderings; contemporary re-readings of classic literature; neo-narratives of classic texts; and intersections across race, sex, class, gender, and sexuality

Proposals: Please send proposals of 250-300 words by February 15, 2014 to the Arts and Letters coordinators: Rondrea Mathis at and Tangela Serls at Suggestions for panels are welcomed; however, each proposal will be individually evaluated on its own merits, and we cannot guarantee that a panel will be accepted in its entirety. All proposals will receive a decision on acceptance by February 28, 2014. Presentation length should be 15-20 minutes.

In your email submission, please include the presenter's name, institution of affiliation, email address, phone number, and any audio-visual requirements for the presentation. Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself.

Panel proposals should be submitted to the same email address by February 15th and should include the following: panel title, organizer/moderator's name and contact information, names and contact information for panelists, a short description of the panel topic and abstracts of the panel's presenters.

Panels: We are planning for four different types of panels
• Intersectional panels (presenters will combine at least two types of art in their presentations)
• Formally academic panels (traditional essay readings)
• Artistic demonstrations (readings, poems, paintings, recipes)
• Short films (15-20 minute recreations/representations of literature)

CFP: Acceptance of abstracts will be completed by February 28, 2014.

The registration fee for presenters is $25.