Forms of Justice: Reflections on Writing, Creativity, and Social Change

deadline for submissions: 
February 18, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
St. John’s University English Graduate Conference


***Deadline Extended***

Forms of Justice: Reflections on Writing, Creativity, and Social Change

St. John’s University English Graduate Conference

Date: April 6, 2019

The Department of English at St. John’s University invites papers that consider justice across literary, writing, media, and performance studies.  We welcome work from graduate students that critically engages justice in a myriad of ways, including analyses of individual or collective texts as well as theoretical and pedagogical approaches to questions of creativity and social change.  Submissions may explore racial, sexual, transnational, socioeconomic, and environmental struggles and reforms.  Topics may include:

  • Literature as Social Change
  • Writing and Ethics
  • Creativity and Political Agency
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Gender and Sexual Politics
  • Race, Bias, and Resistance
  • Relations of Power
  • Digital Activism
  • Bodies, Borders, and Incarceration
  • Justice Across Histories

These are just some of the many possibilities for submissions.  Papers on all genres, periods, and methodologies are welcome, including creative work.

Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Matthew, editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure, will share her work on sugar, gender, and British abolitionist literature.  Dr. Matthew is an associate professor in the English Department at Montclair State University.

Submit 300-word abstracts for 15-minute papers to the conference committee at by February 18, 2019.  Please remember to include your contact information and affiliation with your titled submission.