[UPDATE] Call for Proposals - Due December 14, 2015

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The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)



KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)

University of Wisconsin โ€“ Milwaukee
February 19โ€“20, 2015
Deadline: December 7, 2015

"Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it." โ€• Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

What is meant when we consider something to be in process?

The process suggests movement along a sequence of conditions: it is the fermentation of an ancient ale, linguistic migrations, the grind to level 90, interactive fictions, the nodes of grassroots journalism, rotted infrastructures, the recovery of New Orleans. To exist within process is to be undetermined. If the anticipated ends are repeatedly achieved, however, a process becomes convention over time. In other words, whether perceived as a dynamic undulation and recombination of qualities or a persistent practice, the process are those conditions that constitute becoming.

When we recognize that something is in process, how do we negotiate the currents of its past, immediate, and potential states? When we speak of the process in scholarship, we are discerning what Bryant refers to as the "entanglements" of its components and how they influence one another (Democracy of Objects, 32). As the academy increasingly resembles the experimental sandbox, we find ourselves with opportunities to jump in, get dirty, and extract these relationships.

This year's Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will host a series of events that will help us pause, extract, and dissect the "entanglements" that comprise the uncertain terrain of the Process, focusing on the various processes that move, compose, and become the world in an effort to open new opportunities to reveal new perspectives. MIGC invites submissions across disciplines, fields, and media that engage with the concept of being In Process. As a consideration that spans the academy and our communities, we request proposals that highlight work that, from a critical standpoint, focuses upon a specific process or set of processes distinct to one's scholarly pursuits. Proposals may also focus on particular elements such as figures, formulas, structures, or objects that factor prominently within a process.

In its eleventh incarnation, MIGC is dedicated to the graduate student as inhabiting a state of becoming. Having achieved so much yet still uncertain, MIGC celebrates the academic in process by providing a welcoming and inclusive environment which fosters robust discussion and debate.

Please submit an abstract or project description of no longer than 300 words no later than Monday, December 7, 2015, to our submission portal at http://themigc.com.

In addition to conference paper proposals, we welcome posters, demonstrations, interactive games, apps, digital and other artifacts, tools, projects, or websites that address the theme of being In Process. We hope that a wide range of graduate students working in the biological and environmental sciences, digital humanities, architecture, urban planning, mathematics, the arts, performance, the digital humanities, etc., whose work may not be suited to a conference paper but who would like to participate in mediums appropriate to their respective fields will also submit to this CFP.

We seek those working in, but not limited to, the following fields of study:

Biological Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Political Science
Public Health
Utopian Studies
Urban Planning
Queer Theory
Affect Studies
Disability Studies
Critical Race Theory
Game Studies
Digital Humanities
Literary Studies
Film Studies
Performance Studies
Information Sciences
Art History
Media Studies
Peace Studies
Systems Analysis

There are many ways to participate, and you may submit for more than one category. Please indicate in your abstract the nature of your submission by choosing one of the following categories:
A 12-minute conference paper
Participation in a round of informal five-minute lightning talks, ideal for works in progress, and for folks who don't want to present a formal full length paper.
A graduate student-led workshop or roundtable
Proposals for our Digital Humanities Lab, including digital tools, artifacts, interactive projects that are not suited to the conference paper format
A scientific research poster

** For performance, dance, film, poetry or other creative writing, music, or art installations, please see our separate "Call for Creative Submissions."