Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film

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Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M San Antonio

Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film
November 6, 2015
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224

Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 14, 2015

The English Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is pleased to announce the inaugural graduate and undergraduate English conference. The conference theme is "Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film." This conference will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on November 6, 2015.

In her 2001 essay "Let Us Be the Healing of the Wound," Gloria Anzaldua discusses the importance of fragmentation to the construction of identity. She states that fragmentation becomes the "symbol for reconstruction and reframing, one that allows for putting the pieces together in a new way." Through fragmentation we are able to better understand how our identities are socially situated and how to begin re/constructing identity. In doing so, we also move toward an understanding of the fluid and multifaceted quintessence of identity.

In the spirit of dynamic and multifaceted constructions of identity, we welcome papers in all areas of popular fiction and film, including those works that are not considered to be formal works of literature or film and do not fall within canonical confines. These works include (but are certainly not limited to) graphic novels, young adult fiction, B-movies, sci-fi, and historical fiction. Our intention is to challenge ways of thinking about identity and how identity is shaped.

We are looking for individual graduate and undergraduate papers exploring issues such as how identity is constructed or deconstructed, and how identity can be performative. Paper topics can include, but are not limited to:
Gender Constructions
Memory and Trauma
Visual studies and Music

Presentations should be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. Please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words to

Please include the following on your abstract:
-Your Name
-Your School Affiliation
-Phone number
-Valid e-mail address

Abstract submission deadline: September 14, 2015

You will be notified via email if your abstract has been accepted. Notifications will be sent out October 5-7, 2015.

Registration Fee: $10 for students and alumni of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, $15 for students outside of A&M-SA.