2016 John R. Milton Writers' Conference

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
University of South Dakota
contact email: 

CALLS FOR PAPERS AND CREATIVE PRESENTATIONS

JOHN R. MILTON WRITERS' CONFERENCE:

POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBILITIES / IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES:

GEOGRAPHIC, AESTHETIC, GENDERED, RACIAL, AND HISTORICAL FRONTIERS

OCTOBER 27-29, 2016

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA

 

CFP: Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers (7/15/16; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, October 27-29, 2016) 

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers' Conference, held October 27-29, 2016, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. 

This year’s conference theme is Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers. In addition to presentations of writers reading their creative work, we are seeking panel proposals, roundtable proposals, scholarly papers, and criti-creative presentations related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers. Possible topics or approaches might include, but are in no way limited to, Possible Impossibilities / Impossible Possibilities: Geographic, Aesthetic, Gendered, Racial, and Historical Frontiers with respect to: 

  • Western American literature, history, and culture;
  • post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
  • aesthetic frontiers and innovative literature(s);
  • environmental issues and ecocriticism;
  • the American West as myth and fantasy space;
  • discourses of difference/otherness, including multiculturalism, race, ethnicity, and ability;
  • gender, and/or queerness;
  • Manifest Destiny;
  • the role of virtual culture, cyberspace as “new frontier,” and simulacra; and
  • popular culture (including, but not limited to film, television, graphic novels, and science fiction).

For critical work, please submit a 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, by July 15, 2016. Panel proposals should include individual paper abstracts and biographical notes for all of the participating panelists, in addition to a 250-word justification for the panel.  Roundtable proposals should include a 250-word justification for the roundtable session, along with biographical notes for the participating round table session members. 

For creative submissions, please submit 5-8 sample pages of poetry, or no more than 10 sample pages of creative prose writing, along with a short biographical note, by July 15, 2016.  While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to region or landscape are always welcome, all types of creative work on any theme and in any style will be gladly considered for readings at the conference's creative writing panels. 

All submissions should be sent to Lee Ann Roripaugh at Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu 

For additional questions or information, please e-mail: Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu