CFP: Writing in a Post-Cultural America (grad) (2/19/06; 4/7/06-4/8/06)

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Tim Lockridge
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With Pen in Hand: Writing in a Post-Cultural America

General Call for Papers

The English Department of Virginia Tech welcomes the submission of
abstracts from all disciplines on all topics addressing writing,
literature, and culture for the annual graduate student conference,
With Pen in Hand, taking place April 7th and 8th, 2006. This year's
topic is "Writing in a Post-Cultural America."

To welcome a newly developed MFA program to Virginia Tech, this
year's conference will include panels regarding creative writing—both
the practice and the theory. We welcome submissions of poetry, short
stories, and essays concerning the theoretical side of creative writing.

The sub-title for this year's conference comes from keynote speaker
Dr. Christopher Clausen's theories of post-culturalism. Post-
culturalism is a theory suggesting that the focus on individualism
and our absorption into new mediums, such as the Internet and
television, has resulted in different socialization than the
traditional, anthropological concept of "culture" produced.

Recent panels have included:
Cultural Studies
Gender Studies
Critical Theory
Professional and Technical Writing
Rhetoric and Composition
All periods and genres of literature (including Medieval,
Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th century, Children's Literature)

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by February 19th,
Block hotel reservations have been made and we will help with other
accommodations (such as technical equipment).

Send your submissions to:
Timothy Lockridge
440 Shanks Hall
Mailbox 144

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