[UPDATE] FINAL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1--CFP: Access: Redefining Disability and Mobility Studies (March 20-21, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA)

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Duquesne University English Graduate Organization

CFP: Access: Redefining Disability and Mobility Studies (March 20-21, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA)

Deadline Extended for Abstracts. FINAL DEADLINE: February 1 by midnight

Inspired by our era of globalization and instantaneous communication, the Duquesne University English Department Graduate Student Conference seeks to begin a dialogue around conceptions of access, broadly defined. As the rise of Poststructuralism, Disability Studies and Mobility Studies has provided theoretical and linguistic frameworks for defining, explaining, and challenging traditional notions of access, we invite literary, historical, and cultural considerations of access: Historically, who has had access? How do texts navigate the political, economic, social, etc. constraints on access? How does asking this question raise awareness of contentious literary spaces? How do texts engage economic, social, cultural, psychological, legal, political, and medical discourses to complicate questions of access? How has the language of access been used to disenfranchise and marginalize groups and to conceal contentious places in literature and culture? How can reconsiderations of access contribute to these groups' re-enfranchisement through literary and cultural presence? We invite submissions for panels, papers, and alternative presentations exploring these theoretical models of access, mobility, and disability.

Possible topics for presentation include, but are not limited to:
-Movement in and out of Texts
-Economic Mobility (including the impact of Pre-and Early Capitalist Markets)
-Performing Movement
- Virtual Movement: Film and Video Games
- Nation and the Other
- Medicine/Science and Access
- Performance and Disability
- Gendered Bodies and Spaces
- Poetics of Disability
-Narrative and Disability
-Book History and Print Culture
- Access in the Classroom

We invite proposals for traditional individual papers as well as assembled panels of three presenters. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes to allow time for a question and answer period. Additionally, we welcome proposals for roundtables and alternative presentation formats, including larger panels of brief presentations, poster presentations, and works of creative nonfiction. Send proposal abstracts of 250-300 words , along with a short (50-100 word) biographical statement, to accessMarch2015@gmail.com by midnight on February 1, 2015.

Panel proposals must include a title, rationale for the panel and the contribution of each paper to this rationale, individual paper abstracts (250-300 words), and short profiles for each presenter, including institutional affiliation.

If you have any questions prior to submitting your proposal, please contact conference co-coordinators, Josie Rush and Shannon Richter, at accessMarch2015@gmail.com.