CALL FOR PAPERS: "Haunted Heritage: Confronting a Culture of Specters"

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Rutgers University, Camden / English Graduate Student Association

 The EGSA is pleased to release the call for papers for our fifth annual graduate conference to be held on Saturday, April 14th 2018. This year's conference theme is "Haunted Heritage: Confronting a Culture of Specters."

Haunted Heritage: Confronting a Culture of Specters

Rutgers University, Camden Graduate Conference

We inhabit a haunted culture, surrounded by specters of every sort. From digital culture, the political mainstreaming of ideas once thought past, to the domination of popular culture by zombies, apocalypses, and nostalgia, our cultural moment is consumed by spectral presences.   Everywhere we turn, there is a haunting to comprehend and confront. Even language, our primary mode for understanding all of these various specters, is haunted.

Understanding our cultural hauntings, and our haunted selves, empowers us to begin the struggle of overcoming, living with, or even appreciating the specters surrounding us. This conference explores the past, present, and future of our cultural situation and the ways we learn to live with the knowledge of an other-worldly, forgotten, or translucent presence. We seek papers and presentations that explore presences felt but invisible, otherworldly, esoteric, uncanny, monstrous, and/or mysterious.




The English Graduate Student Association, is pleased to invite papers from graduate, and exceptional undergraduate, students within literary studies, literary theory or philosophy, digital studies, film studies, game studies, creative writing, literacy studies, linguistics, rhetoric & composition, and childhood studies for our fifth annual conference on April 14, 2018. 

Papers and presentations might include (but are not limited to):

  • Histories, of any kind
  • Identity 
  • Materialisms
  • Digital Content and Spaces
  • Exile and Migration
  • Colonialism
  • Post/Trans-Humanism, Animal Studies
  • Modernity and Post-Modernity
  • Mysticisms, Religion 
  • Hauntologies
  • Affect
  • Popular Culture


Keynote Speaker: TBD

Submission Deadline: Proposals should be submitted to by February 15th, 2018. 

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a 350 word abstract proposing an 8-12 page paper. Abstracts should be added to the email submission as an attachment with no identifying information present. In the body of the email, please include your name, affiliated institution, area of study, and contact information. 

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