Elsewhere: Wandering In and Out of the Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
New Voices Graduate Conference
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J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Although this quotation has experienced its fair share of "inspirational quote" status by both Tolkien and Coachella fans alike, there remains a question of what "wandering" and "being elsewhere" means for the academic community. The 2018 New Voices Graduate Conference invites submissions that consider concepts of elsewhere. How do the terms interdisciplinary, difference, and othering delineate the elsewhere of cultural studies? What do authors and texts stand to gain wandering outside canonical forms? We also invite papers that explore the elsewheres of canonical texts, as well as papers that illuminate uncanonized and/or forgotten works. This year’s conference will be held February 1-3, 2018, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, and creative writing. Although priority will be given to proposals that address the conference theme, submissions involving a broad range of interests and concerns within the humanities are also welcome. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to: ● Physical spaces ● Elsewhere as a pedagogical device

● Diaspora studies ● Indigenous studies ● Global perspectives ● Feminism, the body, and elsewhere ● Elsewhere in film, music, poetry, fiction, literary study, or rhetoric and composition ● Elsewhere in linguistics ● Elsewhere in disability studies ● Elsewhere as exile ● Environmental studies ● Elsewhere in digital spaces ● Historical interpretations of elsewhere, othering, and the canon ● Elsewhere in the discipline and the academy


Proposal Submissions close October 15, 2017. Submit an abstract of 200-300 words along with contact information to the New Voices Planning Committee via our online form at http://sites.gsu.edu/new-voices/forms/.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance via email by November 15, 2017.