[UPDATE] Hybridity: Intersections of History, Identity, and Technology CFPs deadline January 8, 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric @ University of Alaska Anchorage
contact email: 

Organized by Department of English graduate students at UAA, the 15th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition/rhetoric, linguistics, history, and other related fields. This year's conference explores hybridity constructed within overlapping intersections of history, identity and technology. We draw its meaning from Homi Bhabha's discussion of the forms, entities, or
identities that emerge within the intersecting spaces of established cultural and national boundaries. In The Location of Culture, Bhahba examines "the non-synchronous temporality of global and national cultures [that] opens up a cultural space - a third space - where the negotiation of incommensurable differences creates a tension peculiar to borderline existences." In light of the current interest in borderline experiences and blended identities, we are pleased to host a conference dedicated to hybrid forms, technological influences, and emerging cultural spaces in contemporary studies. The following represents, but is not limited to, possible presentation topics:

• Postcolonial Cultures and Collisions
• Mixed Genres, Blended Origins
• Borders, Boundaries, and Ecotones
• Hybridity as Monstrosity
• Mutants, Clones, and Cyborgs
• Historical Narratives & National Myths
• Interdicisplinarity and Collaboration
• Socialization, Self, and Cyberspace
• Multiple and Mass Literacies
• Gender Gaps and Queer Theory
• Technologies of Hybridity, Identity, & History
• Third Space, Otherness, and Alienation

Individual paper proposals: Please send an abstract (500 words max.) describing the paper's thesis. All paper proposals must also include the title of the paper; presenter's name and institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and email address.

Panel proposals: In addition to providing detailed contact information for each panel member, please send an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the panel's rationale and describing each paper.

We ask that you submit proposals to pacrim2010@gmail.com no later than January 8, 2010. The conference will be February 26-27, 2010 at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

Please direct questions and concerns to:
Heather Caldwell and Monika Kurber, Conference Directors
Department of English, ADM 101D, University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99508
(907) 786-4826