Agora: Texas A&M University-Commerce Graduate Student Conference [Film Studies] April 12-13, 2012

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English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD)
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The film studies section is accepting paper and panel proposals that explore film as representative of social and/or historical contexts, especially relating to the various ways in which film can serve as a marketplace of ideas in our culture. Possible topics of relevance include (but are not limited to):

• What do film adaptations say about our ideas and values at a given period of time?
• In what ways do cult films (and the cults surrounding them) function as an exchange of ideas?
• How has film as a narrative medium, as well as a representation of culture, served to influence history?
• How has economy altered the way that movies are made as well as marketed?
• What sort of cultural implications do these alterations have?
• How does film censorship alter exchanges of ideas?

We also welcome any proposals for other topics of interest from all areas of film study.
Jay Telotte is our keynote speaker. He is the Interim Chair, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Communication and Culture. He is also a co-editor of the film journal, Post Script, in addition to having numerous publications on film, television and literary studies.

General Call for Conference Papers:

Keynote Speakers
Roberta Seelinger Trites, Jay Telotte, Sara Cushing Weigle

The Agora as constructed by the early Greeks was a public assembly space—the town square where merchants and philosophers met to exchange goods and ideas. Today, the Agora has evolved from the city square and market place as the convergence of many public interests to a virtual space in which different cognitive, epistemological, communicative stances meet together and compare, contrast, and argue on processes of knowledge and science. It is in that same spirit that the English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) of Texas A&M University-Commerce provides the Agora as a market place of ideas. Submissions are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

For the first time, in order to meet specific interests of research and reflection, the EGAD conference will be organized in four sections that correspond to the four "souls" of our graduate program at both the master's and doctoral levels:

• Literature
• Film studies
• Branches of Linguistics
• Rhetoric and Composition Studies

See below for specific calls for each section listed above.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted to no later than January 31, 2012.

• Within the body of the email please include:
• name
• affiliation
• email address
• title of paper
• a brief biographical statement
• preferred section: film studies, literature, linguistics, rhetoric/composition
• Please attach the abstract submission as either a .doc or .rtf file
• Abstracts should be between 250-500 words
• If you are making a creative writing submission, please indicate this within the abstract describing the work

Please list any audio and visual equipment necessary for your presentation. Please note that laptops will not be provided.

Conference Fee
$35 early registration (ends January 31st)
$50 late registration (after January 31st)

Checks can be made payable to: EGAD
Department of Literature and Languages
P. O. Box 3011
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011