Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium - DANGEROUS SPACES - 3/13/2015

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The 12th Annual Miami University
Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Dangerous Spaces

"Places are fragmentary and inward-turning histories, pasts that others are not allowed to read, accumulated times that can be unfolded but like stories held in reserve, remaining in an enigmatic state, symbolizations encysted in the pain or pleasure of he body. 'I feel good here': the well-being under-expressed in the language it appears in like a fleeting glimmer is a spatial practice." --Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

The humanities is currently experiencing a "spatial turn." Key to this critical movement is the destabilization of hegemonic conceptions of place, space, and the movement of bodies within them. The spatial turn asks us to consider the geographic, the geopolitical, and the infrastructural and also to expand our thinking to address broader questions of digital space and ideological ordering. In a time of anthropogenic climate change, fraught international relations, and the increasing regulation of digital venues, these questions become urgent -- perhaps even dangerous.

From the ecological and environmental destruction of events like Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown to the economic decline that has characterized the past decade, it is clear that subjects around the globe find themselves living (or attempting to live) in literal and figurative spaces that are unwelcoming and potentially untenable. The 12th Annual MEGAA Symposium invites proposals for papers and panels by graduate students from all disciplines that investigate "dangerous spaces" -- any aspect of our complicated and conflicted spatial existence. Possible lines of inquiry could include (but are not limited to) the following:

Gentrification/urban renewal
The Anthropocene
Race and place
Digital/multimodal spaces
Universal design and accessibility
Vandalism and hacking
Gendered venues
(Dis)Ordered space
Border/boundary crossings
Queer spaces
Transnational, international, and global networks
(Inter)disciplinary locations/pedagogies
Political revolution/reform
Cultural cartographies

Featured Speakers:
To be announced--stay tuned for updates!

Submitting Proposals:
Please send proposals of no more than 500 words for individual and panel presentations to the MEGAA Symposium Committee at Submitters should also include all relevant contact information, such as email and institutional affiliation. The deadline for submissions is: February 1, 2015, 2014: 11:59 p.m. EST.

Official acceptances will be emailed to participants by February 14, 2015

*If submitting visual artwork or a poster, you must be present with your work and be prepared to give a short introduction and answer questions at the end of the session.