UPDATE: Passing and Questions of Legitimacy (grad) (12/15/05; 2/17/06-2/18/06)

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Joshua Lea Brazee
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Passing and Questions of Legitimacy
February 17th and 18th, 2006
Graduate Student Conference
The University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

The deadline for submissions has been extended until the 15th of December 2005. Decisions on acceptance will be made by the first of January 2006.

We would also like to announce that Pamela Caughie, the author of Passing and Pedagogy, published by the University of Illinois Press, will be our keynote speaker.

A website is now available that currently includes the CFP and will also include updated information, registration fees, hotel and other conference information as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates. Further, the website has the date wrong. The conference will take place on February 17th and 18th.

We have been approached with the possibility of publishing our proceedings and will be submitting a proposal. Please check the website for updates about this as well.

Call for Papers and Panels:
Passing and Questions of Legitimacy

As graduate students, we all encounter many forms of passing. We worry whether we passed that class or that assignment; we wonder whether or not our papers pass for publication or will pass for a conference. We attempt to pass ourselves off as people who are knowledgeable; we sometimes even pass as professors. In our scholarly work we ask whether or not a text passes in a literary genre, period, canon, or, if it passes as belonging to a certain "author." We also ask about the construction and presentation of selfhood in literary texts and how characters pass as being white, black, Latino/Latina, middle-class, male, female, straight, gay, bisexual, and even transgendered.

What is seemingly obvious in all of these—and many more—articulations of passing is that there is a notion, possibly Platonic, of what it means to be authentically something. What, then, is passing? Why do we pass? How do we pass? Is there anything like authenticity? If so, what does it mean for our various pursuits? If not, what does it imply about our sense of self, our standards, and the very ways in which we mediate and negotiate the world?

This conference seeks papers and panels in varied and diverse topics ranging from, but not limited to:

-Issues of Multiple Editions (e.g. Authoritative/ Pirated Editions)
-Identity Construction

We are looking for submissions from graduate students and advanced undergraduate students.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts, or panel proposals to English Grad Conference Committee (eng-grad-conf_at_utulsa.edu) by December 15th, 2005.

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