Virginia Humanities Conference: The Unbearable Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2017
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Virginia Humanities Conference: The Unbearable Humanities
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Dates: April 7-8, 2017

Location: Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

Keynote Speakers: Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman, authors of Sex, or the Unbearabe (Duke UP, 2013)

Deadline: January 15, 2017

The 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference at Shenandoah University invites proposals for papers, panel sessions, and performances that investigate any aspect of unbearableness within the humanities. This conference seeks to explore the concept of the unbearable—that which cannot be endured or tolerated—with scholars, activists, and students from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions. VHC 2017 will examine how and what kinds of knowledge the humanities produce that existing structures cannot bear; how and why approaches to this unbearableness that are grounded in the humanities are met with resistance; and, finally, how we in the humanities value, make use of, and respond to contemporary, and sometimes unbearable, issues.

Please submit 250-word abstracts to Individual, panel, and roundtable proposals are welcome. Undergraduate students are invited to present their research via interactive poster sessions or individual papers with the support of a faculty member. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2017. Conference will be held April 7-8, 2017, on Shenandoah University’s main campus in Winchester, VA.

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