[UPDATE] Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (Apr 19-20, 2013)

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Binghamton University - English Department

**Deadline extended to March 11, 2013**

Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (4th Annual)

Conference Theme: "Historicizing Difference in Globalized Subjectivities"

Dates: April 19th & 20th, 2013

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Keynote Speaker: Branka Arsic, Columbia University

Roundtable Discussion:
Branka Arsic, Columbia University
Praseeda Gopinath, Binghamton University
William V. Spanos, Binghamton University
Susan Strehle, Binghamton University
William Haver, Binghamton University

"Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders" is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference dedicated to exploring the changing contours of American Studies. This year's focus, "Historicizing Difference in Global Subjectivities," examines the historical, temporal, and geopolitical foundations of identity and subject formation and the locations of their contestation. We aim to look beyond simple formulations of difference and identity by exploring the transnational and expanding the range of narratives used to describe the emergence of difference. We are interested in the ways in which the concept of "difference" is constructed, packaged, dispersed, and consumed within a wide variety of discursive structures, and how it contributes to the construction of subjectivities in the age of globalization: How is our perception of subjectivity shaped by processes of globalization? We invite submissions that engage questions of subjectivity within global contexts and strive to acknowledge the interplay between culture, location, geopolitics, and individual histories.

Potential Topics Include:
The Formation of Identity
Global Diasporas
Limits of Subjectivity
Differentiating Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Identity
The Globalization of Sexuality/Gender Norms
Queering Subjectivity
Post-Colonial and Anti-Colonial Subjectivities
Border Politics and Trans-Border Identities
The (De)Construction of National Identities
War, Stability, and the (Im)possibility of Subjectivity
The Policing of Global Subjectivity
Technology and the Production of Global Community

To submit a paper or panel for review, please email shiftingborders@gmail.com with your name, school, and a 300-word abstract.

Submission deadline: March 11, 2013

Please visit "Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders" on Facebook for further details, including brief bios of our keynote and roundtable speakers.