Concepts of Identity

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Saint Bonaventure University English Department
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On November 15-16, the English Department at St. Bonaventure University will hold a graduate conference concerned with concepts of identity. The various understandings of identity held by critics, theorists, readers, and writers are embedded in the history of literature and guide its trajectory. Concepts of identity also impact the ways individuals think about selfhood and inform scholarship on critical thinking, composition, and rhetoric. This conference seeks to draw upon a wealth of perspectives from graduate students engaged in the humanities — especially English language and literature and Composition/Rhetoric. We will also consider exceptional submissions from undergraduates as well as students working outside of the aforementioned areas.
Some possible topics include: 
- cultural, national, and community identity
- linguistic identity
- privacy and digital identity
- identity and composition
- identity and memory
- posthuman identity
- postcolonial identity
- the construction and loss of identity
- identity and race, class, gender and sexuality
We also welcome papers that take up questions of identity in other ways.
Please submit an abstract to by October 1 for consideration. Priority will be given to proposals submitted before September 17. Presentations should be fifteen minutes long. We will notify participants of our final decisions by October 20th.