Update: Deadline Extended for Hurricane Irma - Transformations: Canonical, Critical, and Creative

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Florida English Graduate Organization
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Transformations: Canonical, Critical, and Creative

Keynote Speaker:

Lisabeth Buchelt, Associate Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Dates Oct. 19-21 at The University of Florida


The idea of transformation seems particularly relevant in the current social and academic climate. As we look to transform the literary “canon” and employ new theoretical lenses, it is important to reflect on the implications of these changes for the future of scholarship. Our conference takes up the concept of transformations in multiple contexts, including-but not limited to-intertextual and intratextual, the Bildungsroman,  the transformative nature of academia and scholarship, the ways in which language can transform a text, or even literal transformations within fantastical narratives.


This interdisciplinary conference welcomes individual and panel submissions from varying fields, including, but not limited to: literary studies, film and media studies, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, narratology, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical theory, comics and visual rhetoric, and philosophy.


Possible presentation topics include, but are certainly not limited to transformations of:


- Historical fiction/historiography

- Literary criticism

- Genre fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Chick Lit, Detective Fiction, etc.)

- Narrative and poetry

- Race and ethnicity

- Gender and sexuality

- Film, television, and digital media

- Science and technology

- Disability studies



Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words for a 20-minute presentation to ufl.ego@gmail.com by September 15th. Along with your submission, please include your contact information, university affiliation (if applicable), and 3-5 keywords that describe your presentation topic. For panel proposals, please submit panelist abstracts along with a panel rationale and description. Lastly, please indicate any audio/visual requirements you may have. Authors of accepted papers will be notified the week of September 20th.


For questions concerning the conference, please contact the English Graduate Organization at ufl.ego@gmail.com.