"Common Ground," Graduate conference at University of Idaho, March 29th 2014, Deadline Feb. 21st 2014

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University of Idaho English Graduate Students
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The Graduate Students in the Department of English at the University of Idaho invite submissions for a conference focusing on issues relating to interdisciplinary literary scholarship. We invite a wide interpretation of the theme. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 29th, 2014, and will feature a keynote address called "Numbers and Nerves: The Story of an Interdisciplinary Collaboration" presented by Scott Slovic, Professor of Literature and Environment (University of Idaho) and Paul Slovic, Professor of Psychology (University of Oregon). There will be a reception and registration on Friday evening. Conference participants are also invited to attend an interdisciplinary panel on the afternoon of Thursday, March 27th, titled "Scholarly Writing and Personal Voice," featuring eminent scholars in diverse disciplines from the University of Idaho and Washington State University and including special guest William Cronon (Environmental Historian from the University of Wisconsin).

Recently, literary scholarship seems to move in tangential directions, away from origins in critical theory and into other fields, particularly as our academic community continues to grow. But instead of focusing on the separation of literature from criticism, we at the University of Idaho are curious about where scholars find common ground, where criticism interacts with and welcomes input from other fields. For example, how do other fields in the humanities (communication, history, philosophy, religious studies, etc.) influence our scholarship? Can we and/or how have we expanded our work into the natural and social sciences? We believe interdisciplinary scholarship has gained a strong foothold in our work, and we would like to expand the ledge of discussion. The graduate students of University of Idaho therefore welcome submissions that grapple with these questions, and others, so that we may extend our hands and bring our scholarship to common ground.

The conference welcomes interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary papers or panels, comparative analyses of literary and cultural texts, and innovative methodologies. We encourage submissions from a wide array of perspectives.

Please email your proposal, including a 250-word abstract (with title), contact information, and mention of any audiovisual needs, to Jake Schwaller or Adam Benson, University of Idaho, uigec2014@gmail.com by Friday, February 21st, 2014.