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Creighton University Department of English


March 11-13, 2016 at Creighton University


At the root of every critical discussion, from politics to religion to student affairs, is a discussion of space, place, and location — where am I? Where can I go? Who else is here? Who cares?

Place holds a particular importance in understanding society and the social relations within it. With questions on the importance of this "ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification" (Massey 1994) that is the 'spatial,' "You Are Here," is a conference dedicated to exploring the questions and implications of space and place.

"You Are Here" welcomes papers, proposed panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and other session formats from graduate students and early-career scholars. As this conference seeks to cultivate understanding of the importance of space and place, we seek panels that unite scholars of various disciplines. These include but are certainly not limited to: English philology, rhetorical criticism, pedagogical studies, medical anthropology, sociology, American studies, cultural studies, theology, history, et al.

Within these (and other) disciplines, we encourage all papers on space, place and/or embodiment, but particularly welcome proposals concerning:

Spatial theory
Embodied education
Borders, Boundaries, and Limits
Dislocations and Breaking Boundaries
Liminality, Marginality, and Migration
Ethnographic analysis of space
Citizenship/the politicization of place
Social Networks and discussions of digital space
Format: Individual or group academic papers of 20 minute duration will be organized by theme into panels. Submissions for special workshops related to space, place, and embodiment, especially as relevant to the graduate student and/or early career scholar, are welcome.

Proposals of 300 words and a brief biographical note should be submitted by January 15, 2016 to Westin Miller and Tierney Powell, Conference Directors (youarehereconference@gmail.com). Please include any AV/tech needs in your proposal. As mentioned, we encourage proposals from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and will consider proposals of any format for 20-minute presentations.

Please contact Westin Miller and Tierney Powell (youarehereconference@gmail.com) with questions and concerns regarding submission deadlines, requirements, and expectations. We try to be accommodating to scholar inquiry, so we encourage correspondence!