Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: UCSD Department of Literature's First Annual Graduate Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of California San Diego
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Call for Papers

Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery:  

UCSD Department of Literature's First Annual Graduate Conference

April 5-6, 2019


UC San Diego’s Department of Literature is excited to announce our first annual graduate conference. This year’s theme, “Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery,” embraces the complexities of the prefix “post-” in “post-apocalypse.” We are happy to confirm Dr. Shelley Streeby as our keynote speaker; her work on science fiction, climate change, and activism along with her experience in Literature, Ethnic Studies, and the Critical Gender Studies Program will especially enrich our interdisciplinary discussion!


We invite submissions for individual work, panels, and roundtables that engage with our theme; rather than focusing on the end of the world, we want to explore the imagined futures after the Apocalypse or apocalyptic scenarios.


Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:


-Return: the restoration of order; the return to normalcy; the turning and returning of the Rota Fortunae; the religious and moral/ethical (re)constructions of the return; movement; migration


-Resistance: dissent; cybernetic revolt; La Resistance; fighters; revolution; environmental resistance; communities that are minimally impacted by apocalyptic events


-Resilience: elasticity; adaptability; resilient bodies; survivors; (self-)preservation; memory; psychological resilience; ecological resilience; sustainability; trauma


-Recovery: remaking; establishing the new; recovering what has been lost; re/discovery; excavation; natural recovery


Conference date: April 5-6, 2019

Location: UC San Diego

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short, 100-word biography to Abstracts must include full name, contact information, and institutional affiliation.  

 We also welcome creative work and panel or roundtable proposals. For creative work, please submit 8-10 pages of poetry or prose and a short biography. For panel or roundtable proposals, we encourage creative and/or critical work. Please include individual presenters' abstracts, individual biographies, and a 250-word abstract explaining the purpose of the session.  Please contact for any inquiries or additional information.