The Politics of Consumption: (Re)presenting and (Trans)forming Identities, February 19-20, 2010

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Arizona State University’s Southwest English Graduate Symposium
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Arizona State University's Southwest English Graduate Symposium (SWEGS) announces a call for papers for the Spring 2010 conference entitled "The Politics of Consumption: (Re)presenting and (Trans)forming Identities" on February 19-20, 2010.

With the theme "The Politics of Consumption: (Re)presenting and (Trans)forming Identities" this year's Symposium aims to provide the opportunity for students across multiple disciplines to explore this broad theme in terms of politics, food, economics, identity construction, power dynamics, material culture, language, popular culture, art, education, media, technology and any other applications imaginable.

We invite you to submit papers that critically examine consumption as a transformative or representative force. How do power and desire play into types of consumption in culture? How does consumption affect the representation of consuming populations? How are individual and communal identities formulated in terms of consumption? How does consumption transform identities, language, culture and power dynamics in societies?

Interdisciplinary and creative papers are encouraged in fields that include literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, theater studies, communication, language studies, English education, women and gender studies, film, visual studies, history, psychology, philosophy, religion, social sciences, media studies, and popular culture.

Paper abstracts should be no more than 350 words and submitted by October 31, 2009.  Please include home and office numbers, complete mailing address, e-mail address, professional affiliation, and AV requirements with your submission.
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