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21st Annual Tufts University English Graduate Organization Conference
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Keynote Address: Professor Franco Moretti, Stanford University
Economy can imply plenitude or lack, wisdom or deprivation. Forms impose limits and shape
possibilities, provide models and restrict meanings. Lately, the word "economy" has been
synonymous with collapse and structural failure. As the world reevaluates the mechanisms
of capitalism, we want to take this opportunity to reevaluate our systems of intellectual
trade, to interrogate how our ideas are formed and how they function.

We seek to explore the connections between form, value, economy and meaning, to examine
their origin and evolution. What forms of investigation add value to our research? How
can humanistic and scientific inquiries inform each other? As we imagine the future of
form, we are challenged to investigate the role of inherited systems. When evaluating the
costs of this inheritance, we must ask, who pays and who profits? Can forms anticipate
successes and failures? Are damaged systems worth saving? What does our investment in
form buy us?

We encourage abstracts that explore the theme of Economy of Form from a wide range of
fields and disciplines. Topics may include but certainly are not limited to:

Bad Form
Formal Schemes—deception, hoaxes, plagiarism Politics of Form
Free form
The Literary Marketplace
Visual and Performing Arts
Parody and Pastiche
Utopian Communities
Wanting and Owning
Process—drafts, plans, practice
Adaptation and Translation
Reparative Criticism
Bodies and Systems The Sublime
Building and Deconstructing

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Franco Moretti, who teaches
English and Comparative Literature at Stanford. Professor Moretti researches literature
from a global perspective and his work challenges scholars to question accepted
disciplinary approaches to literary study. He has given the Gauss seminars at Princeton,
the Beckman lectures at Berkeley, and the Carpenter lectures at Chicago, and he
contributes regularly to the New Left Review. Some of his most notable publications
include Signs Taken for Wonders (1983), The Way of the World (1987), Modern Epic (1995),
Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900 (1998), and Graphs, Maps, Trees (2005).

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract, including your name, email address and affiliation
by JULY 19, 2009. Please direct abstracts to:

Nicole Flynn
TEGO Conference
Department of English
East Hall 210
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

For further information, please contact Nicole Flynn at the above email address or Erin
Kappeler at erin.kappeler@tufts.edu.

Sponsored By:
Tufts English Graduate Organization
Tufts University English Department