[UPDATE] "Intersections" Conference - Spring 2014

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Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUN

AGSE Spring 2014 Conference CFP

"I, like other queer people, am two in one body, both male and female. I am the embodiment of the hieros gamos: the coming together of opposite qualities within" - Gloria AnzaldĂșa

The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) at California State University, Northridge is now accepting proposals for our annual spring conference. We are interested in critical papers/panels and creative pieces that investigate intersections.

Both similar to but also quite distinct from the border and the crossroad, the intersection is a powerful and provocative space for theoretical queries and figurative imaginings. The body is a locus where varying identities or ideologies intersect. Texts may serve as intersections for seemingly disparate genres. Geographical intersections are paradoxical spaces that embody the characteristics of different cultures that are both distinct yet united. What can we gain from a greater understanding of these locus points? What are the implications of these meetings? What might we discover about power relations, identities, and ideologies? Explorations may include but are not limited to: bodies as sites of intersection, geographical intersections, liminality, interstitial texts/genres, cultural/racial/ethnic intersections, intersections of social injustice, historical periods/events that mark times of intersection, intersections of political policies and ideologies, transitions and hybridity, intersections of classes.

We welcome graduate and undergraduate papers/panel proposals and creative works from a range of disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Literature
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Pedagogy
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Queer Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Chicano Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Art History
  • Film and Screen Studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Popular Culture

Our conference is proud to feature keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Allen Boone, Professor of English, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and author of The Homoerotics of Orientalism (2014) and Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism (1998).

Proposals for individual papers and creative works should be a maximum of 250 words. Panel proposals should be no more than 500 words. Please email submissions as Word (.doc or .docx) attachments to agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com

Abstract submission deadline: January 13, 2014

Conference date and place: March 8, 2014 at California State University, Northridge.