[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC 1 - SouthWest English Symposium, Arizona State University

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Graduate Scholars of English Association, Arizona State University
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18th Southwest English Symposium:
-isms, -ologies, and -istics: Conversations Across the Discipline

February 15-16, 2013
Arizona State University

Please see: http://english.clas.asu.edu/swes2013 and submit form.

Given the multifaceted nature of English departments, the aim of this conference is to explore a cross-disciplinary conversation about ideologies and ideas. Because disciplines are largely characterized by their theoretical movements or opposition to such movements, submissions to this conference are encouraged to focus on suffixes. For instance, how do suffixes play a role in specific fields of study? How might -isms, -ologies, and -istics reinforce the sometimes disparate conversations among or within disciplines? How can they build connections between disciplines?

Papers may address applications of suffixes to a specific theory or mode of thought, or may take on a cross-disciplinary angle. Of particular interest are presentations that encourage audience participation and discussion, and contribute closely to the conference theme and to questions concerning aspects of the following:

Possible Topics:
aesthetics, classism, cross-culturalism, deconstructionism, ecocriticism, epistemology, feminism, film criticism, heuristics, historicism, humanism, humanistics, ideology, linguistics, literary criticism, Marxism, materialism, Medievalism, methodology, Modernism, ontology, pedagogies, phenomenology, plagiarism, postcolonialism, posthumanism, postmodernism, postpositivism, racism, realism, rhetorics, Romanticism, sexism, technology, theology

This conference welcomes 250-500 word abstracts for sessions, panels, and/or roundtable proposals from graduate students, postgraduates and early career scholars. Because the theme of the conference is inclusive and interdisciplinary, it provides focus for a dialogue while encouraging the creative connections across several areas of graduate student scholarship. Creative pieces will be accepted if they are accompanied by an explanation of how the work contributes to the conference theme.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012