[UPDATE] Uni. Tennessee NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference, DEADLINE EXTENDED JAN 15, 2012

full name / name of organization: 
University of Tennessee English Department Graduate Students, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, March 8- Saturday, March 10, 2012
Web: http://web.utk.edu/~nexus/wip/cfp.php
Plenary Speakers: Adam Banks (University of Kentucky), Barclay Barrios (Florida Atlantic University), and Nancy Paterson (Ontario College of Art and Design)
Recent conversations concerning immigration, health care, and gay rights have illustrated the sensitivity of voiced perspectives in society. While the topics of debate are not new, the modes in which people participate in them seem to have changed considerably with advances in information technology. Advances in the speed with which people can communicate, increases in access to computers and the Internet, and the rise of social media have all contributed to the idea that we are living in a brave new media world of democratized information, communication, and social action. For instance, emerging conversations on iPads, Wikileaks, and social networking sites for political reform have also been shaping our society.
This conference seeks to explore the relationship between voice and technology and in particular how individual identities are developed through the use of technology or in light of technological developments.
As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from all relevant fields and disciplines. Abstracts (250-300 words) are invited on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
• Identity representations
• Technology and Law—Ethical issues about using technology
• The construction and relationship between speaker and audience
• The limits of technology
• Organizing group voices
• Technology in the future or the past
• Pedagogy—voices and technology in the classroom
• Creative submissions
• Voices for change—social movements, social justice, etc.
• Interdisciplinary studies—crossing race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and other categories
• Using technology in academic research
Individual papers or panel proposals will be considered. This interdisciplinary conference allows for many more spaces for discussion than described. Please consider submitting proposals which many not fit neatly into the ones listed above.
Please submit abstracts to Katie Burnett (kburnet1@utk.edu) or Bushra Malaibari (bmalaiba@utk.edu), or Dennis McGlothin (dmmcgloth@utk.edu) by January 15th, 2012