CFP: [Religion] Call for Papers: âRising Tides: Major and Minor Trends in English Studiesâ

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Call for Papers: “Rising Tides: Major and Minor Trends in English Studies”
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate English Association Conference
April 17 & 18, 2008 (The conference is on April 18, but we plan to host a
social event the night before.)

“Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and again different
waters flow.”

Over 2500 years have passed, but Heraclitos’ wisdom remains salient. None
would deny that there are dominant movements and perspectives; yet, every
scholar must admit that the topography of the discipline is in continual
flux. Each year generates a new approach and a new trend â€" a new branch
from the old.

With this in mind, the UNCW Graduate English Association plans to hold its
fourth annual conference. We are interested in the current flow of ideas
that are being generated below the surface and those that incorporate the
canonized trends. We are inviting abstract submissions to our conference,
which will be held on April 18, 2009, and entitled “Rising Tides: Major and
Minor Trends in English Studies.” We welcome papers from all fields of
English studies: literature, literary theory, rhetoric, composition,
linguistics, creative writing, science writing, and professional writing.
Papers can follow different aspects of a major or minor trend: how a trend
(or counter-trend) arose, what a trend consists of, what influences a trend
is having/has had.
        Abstract submissions of 300 words or fewer are due by March 15, 2009.
Please email abstracts as an attached Word document to or
submit abstracts online at Also,
please refer to the GEA website for the most current conference
information: Any questions can be e-mailed to
Karlie Herndon ( or Thomas Polk ( All
participants’ abstracts and selected papers will be included in our
informal publication.*

* The informal publication, called Speculations, will consist of
participants’ abstracts and a limited number of papers (8-10 of what we
perceive to be best and most representative of the papers at the
conference) to be published on the GEA website. Although each individual
retains the copyright to his or her abstract and paper, the institution of
UNCW does not maintain copyright; therefore, participants are allowed to
seek publication of their papers elsewhere. For more information, please

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