Revolution! A Regional Graduate Student Literature Conference. April 2, 2011

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Christina Hauck, Department of English, Kansas State University
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At our inaugural Kansas State University Regional Graduate Student Conference in Literature, we will explore the ways in which revolutions of all kind have affected (and continue to affect) our discipline. Revolution! is inspired by Jasbir Puar's groundbreaking work, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which critiques contemporary configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity. Using Puar's work as a touchstone for revolutionary readings, our conference will examine representations of revolution in its various forms—cultural, political, textual, and theoretical—in British and American literature composed during any period. We seek submissions that engage a diverse range of texts--poetry, novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies, and graphic novels, as well as revolutionary media, including film, photography, and hypertext.

Who may participate: graduate students in English or other disciplines whose work includes a substantial literature component and who are enrolled at any college or university in Kansas or the the greater midwest.

Two ways to participate

Present a Paper

Suggested Topics
War and Literature
Technological Revolutions & Literature
Revolutions in Literary Representations
Revolutions in Literary Criticism
Revolutionary Texts
Revolutionary Desires & Sex/uality
Theaters of Revolution
Revolutionary Utopias
Revolution and Children
Revolution and Rights
Revolutionary Rhetoric
Revolutionary Aesthetics

Students wishing to present a paper should submit a 250 word abstract, including the title of the proposed paper, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number.

Join a Seminar: Participants write brief "position papers" (4-5 pages) that are read and circulated prior to the conference. Because their size is limited to 10 participants, seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek financial support from their institutions as they educate themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. Seminars are two hours in length.

Topics & Leaders
Early Modern Sexualities
Dr. Jennifer Airey, Tulsa University

Literary Problems & Media Shifts
Dr. Alexander Bain, OU (Norman)

Queer Reading
Dr. Elisa Glick, MU (Columbia)

The Harlem Renaissance
Dr. Maureen Honey, UN (Lincoln)

Revolutionary Children's Literature
Dr.Philip Nel, KSU (Manhattan)

Students wishing to join a seminar should send an e-mail indicating first and second topic choices. Seminars will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the seminars visit:

FINANCIAL AID: We are happy to be able to offer small travel stipends to graduate student participants. These will typically range from $30 - $50 per person. If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, all you need to do is email a request to Please include the name of the city you will be traveling from and the mileage from there to Manhattan.


EXTENDED DEADLINE to submit an abstract / request seminar enrollment: December 10, 2010

Notification will occur on or before December 21, 2010

Conference fee of $20 will be due January 15. Travel stipends will be issued during or shortly after the conference.