Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power October 24-25, 2014

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English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University
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The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our eleventh annual conference in Macomb, IL on October 24– October 25, 2014.

Though we are particularly interested in papers about place, privilege and/or power, any topics within English Studies will be welcomed. The EGO/STD conference intends to explore all areas within English Studies, including but not limited to writing studies, pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, film studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. We welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage graduate and undergraduate scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in place, privilege and power to submit proposals.

Dr. Julie Rak, professor of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta, will be our keynote speaker. Her work has been published numerous journals including Prose Studies, Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and International Journal of Canadian Studies. Her talk will focus on her current book project, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing and Film . The talk will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6-9 PM in Morgan Hall.

Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:
Literature of Place
Rhetoric of Power
The State of the major
Agrarian Literature
Higher Education
Capitalism and Consumerism
Tradition and Custom
Language, Rhetoric, and Power
Race and Power
New Media

Please send 250-word abstracts (and any questions) to ego@wiu.edu by September 5, 2014.
We also welcome submissions by post: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.
For further information, please visit our website: www. wiu.edu/cas/english_and_journalism/ego/