CFP: Another Way In: The Unseen Influences that Change our Worlds (grad) (1/12/07; 3/31/07)

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Catherine Michna
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Another Way In: the unseen influences that change our worlds.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Yawkey Center, Boston College

Boston College's graduate community will host a biannual literary
conference in Spring 2007. This conference builds upon our traditional
Colloquium sessions by expanding outward to take advantage of the rich
individual and institutional scholarship in the Northeastern U.S. We
are looking for papers that touch upon our conference topic, a closer
look at unseen influences whose movements across time, space, or
community bring change. From viruses, carriers, and contaminants to
inspiration and sublimation, these are the intangible forces we invite
or dread. We invite you to interpret the topic broadly, but some
topics might include:

Disease and images of the body
The humoral body
Disease as narrative
Infection and corruption
Invisible contagions: disease, fear, propaganda, desire
Political, narrative, or aesthetic whispers
Unintended references, allusions, connections
Slippage, error, mistake
Silences that produce change
The invisible in art, public space, or politics
Spaces of inspiration or corruption
Unusual muses
Visitors, guests, outsiders
Orphans and adoptions
Interdisciplinary borrowing
Voices rising from the clamor

In addition to traditional panels, conference organizers plan to
include one or two panels that address issues pertinent to graduate
student life and to the liminal position of graduate students between
the communities in which they live and the academies in which they
work. We invite graduate students who have an interest in issues like
student unionization, affordable housing, literacy advocacy, or other
topics of concern to submit panel topic proposals. Traditional paper
presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length. Please
send abstracts or panel topic proposals to by Friday,
January 12, 2007. For more information, e-mail us at the same web
address or check our website at

There will be no fees for conference participants or attendees.
However, we anticipate that we will be able to offer a limited number
of scholarships to defray travel expenses, etc… Please see our website
for information about applying.

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