CFP: Representations of Indigenous Identity: Constructions of Authenticity (10/1/06; 11/10/06-11/06)

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Call for Papers: Third Annual English Graduate Organization Conference:
"Representations of Indigenous Identity: Constructions of Authenticity"

November 10-11, 2006, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Loudon, Eastern Illinois University.

The English Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University invites
submissions for our third annual conference, "Representations of Indigenous
Identity." This year, the conference addresses global culture. We seek to
recover some of what is lost when we focus on a single language and dominant
culture, and to recall one of the primary goals of a liberal arts education:
engaging a diversity of languages, cultures, and peoples. We seek papers and
panels that address a wide variety of representations of indigenous identity,
especially those dealing with questions of authenticity. This year's theme
allows a wide array of possible topics for scholarship:

* Indigenous literatures, traditional canonicity and ethnocentricity
* Representations of indigenous cultures in popular culture and media
* Questions of citizenship, immigration, and border construction
* Issues of nativity, residency, and authenticity
* Scientific representations of culture and ethnicity
* Diversity, identity and authenticity in liberal arts education
* Native languages and individual identities
* Xenophobia and issues of the "other," including the "melting pot"
* Counter-cultural mobilizations of native authenticity and identity
* Indigenous peoples, pedagogy and the development of literacy
* Actualization of personal identity and authenticity, including gender identities
* Museums and the objectification of indigenous cultures
* Authenticity, nostalgia, and identity

The EGO conference is intended to explore all areas of English studies,
including pedagogy, cultural studies, literary studies, and critical theory. We
welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage scholars
from all areas of the humanities. Please send 500 word abstracts to
by October 1, 2007. We welcome submissions by postal mail as well: English
Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle,
Macomb IL 61455-1390.

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