SMU Graduate Student Conference, "Self(ie)-Representation," March 22, 2014

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Southern Methodist University Graduate Student Conference


The "selfie," with its many outlets and ironic iterations, has provoked critical and popular conversation celebrating the form as empowering or decrying it as narcissistic. But, though the "selfie" is relatively recent, the act of self-representation is of course very old. Autobiographies, diaries, fictional selves, privately-printed collections of poetry, obsessive editorial practices, commissioned portraits, fashionable clothing, elaborate grave markers, carefully-crafted public personae: life is the accumulation of selfies. This graduate conference seeks papers that explore such modes of self-representation and the discourses surrounding them.

We welcome proposals from a range of disciplines: literature, history, art history, gender studies, media studies, sociology, philosophy, theology, etc. Possible approaches include:
Gender and performance
New media
Social media
Coterie publishing / manuscript circulation
Authenticity and mediation
Technologies of representation
Material culture
Networks and distribution
Anonymity / non-representation
Pedagogy / pedagogical personae
Irony, satire, (self-)parody

Keynote Speaker: Linda Hughes is the Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University. She is co-editor of A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi and is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry as well as numerous articles on Victorian publications, women writers, and media history.

Conference Date: March 22, 2014, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Submission Information:
Proposals due: February 7, 2014
Please submit to:

For individual paper proposals, please submit the following as a Word document or PDF with your name in the title:
1) Name and contact information (including email address)
2) An abstract (250-300 words)
3) How your proposal fits among other disciplines (1-2 sentences)

We will notify participants by February 17.

This conference is generously supported by the English Department at Southern Methodist University. There is no registration fee for presenters or attendees.