[UPDATE] "Voyages" Conference - Spring 2015

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Associated Graduate Students of English, CSUN

1. a long journey involving travel by sea or in space.
Synonyms: trip, expedition, excursion, tour

There is no mistaking the physical exploration entailed in this simple definition of a voyage, and yet the word's Latin origin, viaticum, or "provisions for a journey," calls to mind far more than embarkment alone. The origin of the word itself invites us to consider the predicate needs at our own or others' starting point(s): How will we prepare ourselves? What will allow us, inspire us, or force us to leave our present situation in pursuit of something beyond our realm of experience?

Further, as we consider moving into new spaces and new experiences, we begin to see that voyages can be physical, intellectual, or emotional; they are about process and change, and they challenge us to endure sacrifice and hardship. Whether they are narrative journeys, creative personal expressions, or critical explorations of history, pedagogy, race, gender, class, or (dis)ability, voyages require courage and open-mindedness as they land us in unusual places and connect us to new (or more complex) relationships.

The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) at California State University, Northridge is now accepting proposals for our annual Spring Conference, "Voyages." We are thus interested in critical papers/panels and creative pieces that explore the process of change and potential conflict inherent in physical, intellectual, and/or emotional voyages.

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
  • American Indian 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. Viet Thanh Nyugen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002). A professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, Dr. Nyugen traverses genres and takes a voyage of his own, with his new fictional novel, The Sympathizer. Considered a "black comedy, historical novel, and literary thriller," Dr. Nyugen's novel draws from historical events and follows a fictional spy as he looks into the Vietnamese effort to win a lost war.

Abstract Submission Deadline -- EXTENDED: Friday, January 9, 2015

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

Conference date and place: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at California State University, Northridge.