4th annual University of Louisville Graduate Conference in Humanities

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PhD in Humanities and Association of Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville
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The PhD in Humanities and the Association of Humanities Academics at the University of Louisville announce the 4th annual University of Louisville Graduate Conference in Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2013. The theme for this year's conference is "Global Humanities."

Keynote speakers are Qwo-Li Driskill, co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies; Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature (2011) and Peter Van Buren, a former employee of the U.S. Foreign Service and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (2011).

We invite both critical and creative submissions that exhibit a multi- or inter-disciplinary approach to examining issues central to the study of the Humanities on a global level. We are particularly interested in discussions that address the political, social, and institutional significance of global culture beyond (and in between) the traditional disciplinary boundaries, as well as those that fortify existing connections within and across them. The conference is open to both graduate students and professionals, and in addition to individual paper submissions, panel proposals (of up to four 10-15 minute presentations) are highly encouraged.

Submissions may address (but are not limited to) the following themes, concepts and topics:
• Cultural geographies and topographies
• Postcolonial identities and the arts
• Literary cartography
• Cosmopolitanism and nationalism
• Global feminist activism
• Linguistic mapping and lexical ex/change
• Liminality and border studies
• Indigenous studies
• Regional subcultures
• Ecocriticism, ecopoetics, and globalization
• Global social networks and communications
• Migration and diaspora
• Cultural ownership, dissemination, and misappropriation
• New media, television, and radio
• Politics of sustenance
• Labor movements in the global south
• Cultural and political responses to AIDS/HIV
• Transnational identities
• Fashion, identity, and performance
• Alternative travel narrative
• Marginalized peoples, diaspora, and refuge

Presenters should submit abstracts of 300 words by December 15, 2012 to ahalouisville@gmail.com. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing address, and paper title in your email, and please attach an abstract with title only for blind review. For panel proposals please submit all of the requested information and paper abstracts for each individual presenter as well as a 200-300 word panel abstract outlining the theme of your panel.

Notification of acceptance will be issued no later than February 1, 2013. The cost for registration is $30.00. Late registration ($40.00) begins March 15th and will be accepted through March 22, 2013.