Human Terrains: Identity, Geography, Politics

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University of Virginia Graduate English Student Association

Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We're categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren't such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?

The University of Virginia Department of English is seeking graduate student conference papers dealing broadly with the human and the geopolitical. We welcome papers that work with texts and media from any historical period, particularly those that investigate questions of global and local identities, transnational networks, and geographic spaces physical and imagined. We invite our presenters to explore subjects such as:

- Globalization, imperialism, and border-crossing from and through all historic periods
- Ethnicity and nationality as well as sexuality. gender and disability studies
- Spaces: public, private, physical, mental, real, virtual, and hybrid
- Technologies of mapping, digital or historical
- The body, the human, and the post-human

Submit 250-300 word abstracts to by January 15, 2015. Please include a brief academic biography, including your name, email address, and academic affiliation. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (about 8-10 double-spaced pages).

Keynote speech by Jasbir Puar
Master class by Marlon Ross