TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference

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University of Cincinnati Composition Program

The University of Cincinnati Composition Program invites proposals for the sixth annual graduate student conference to be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Our conference title this year is TRANS Writ Large: Writing Difference.

A trans perspective sees beyond the conventional, to articulate—and even inhabit—difference. From this angle of vision, difference is not a barrier, but a resource. Trans work encourages suppleness, avoiding binaries, expanding understanding of the human experience, playing with fixity and subverting it. To become something new, even if only partially and temporarily. And writing is a vehicle for acts of becoming and unbecoming.

Writing can be fluid across language, discourse, distance, time, theory, genre and experience. Trans writing, we posit, privileges multiplicity, purposeful perversity, and employing agentive language choices to construct new possibilities. We are interested in the potentials of the prefix. We look to explore the potential of trans work in studies of identity, culture, writing, teaching, and reading. We invite you to join us.

Here are a few questions to inspire your own thinking:
• Transnational, transatlantic: How does theory travel? What does this mean for feminism and other social justice movements today?
• Transgenre: How does fiction enable us to live within the life of another? Who gets to write from whose perspective? Does it matter?
• Transgender, transsexual: What kind of new possibilities or spaces can be created through negotiation? In what ways do discreet categories limit or challenge the possible negotiations?
• Translingual: How does the idea of English(es) complicate understandings of English itself?
• Transdisciplinary: How do disciplines talk to each other? What work falls in between? How can that space be negotiated? What kinds of problems require a transdisciplinary approach? What is the difference between transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and what can that distinction do for us?
• Translation: How does a translator rearticulate an original work? What sort of invisible choices mark the work of translation?
• How can trans work problematize academic discourse?
• How can trans work be brought into the classroom?

To work across difference and genre ourselves, we invite alternative approaches to the traditional conference paper, including sessions that showcase film, live performance, audience participation, and multimodal presentations. There is no fee to attend or present at the TRANS Writ Large conference.