*LAST CALL* "You Are Here" 2020: ID Conference on Place, Space, & Embodiment

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
"You Are Here": Creighton University's Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space & Embodiment




MARCH 20TH-21ST,2020





Keynote Speakers:

Karen Tei Yamashita is a Professor of Literature, Creative Writing, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Tropic of Orange, I Hotel, and, Letters to Memory.

Manu Samriti Chander is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century, and is currently working on The Collected Works of Egbert Martin, for which he received a Fulbright grant. 


At the root of every critical discussion are questions of space, place, and location. Place holds a particular importance in understanding society and the social relations within it. Interrogating the importance of this “ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification” (Massey 1994) that is the ‘spatial,’ “You Are Here” is a conference dedicated to exploring the implications of space and place on the people within them.

“You Are Here” welcomes papers, proposed panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and other session formats from students and scholars at all stages of their careers and in various disciplines. These include but are certainly not limited to: literature, rhetorical criticism, pedagogical studies, medical humanities, sociology, anthropology, theology, history, law, political science, and fine arts.

We encourage all papers on space, place, and /or embodiment, but particularly welcome proposals concerning:

  • Medical Humanities
  • Creative Writing & Imaginative Expression
  • Pedagogical Spaces
  • Liminal Spaces: Borders and Borderlands
  • Displacement, Dislocation, & Migration
  • Queer & Feminist Theory
  • Human Geographies: Urban Spaces, Migration and Demographic Shifts
  • The Politicization of Place and Policing of Communities
  • Mapping Food Webs: Ethics of Production & Consumption
  • Environmental Thresholds & Epochs: Climate Change and the Anthropocene
  • Interior Geographies: Considering the Theological and Philosophical
  • Digital Embodiments and Cyber-Sexualities
  • Intersections of Science & Space

Format: Individual papers or presentations of 20-minute duration, complete panels, or group presentations should be submitted by conference deadline. Submissions for special workshops and non-traditional presentations related to space, place, and embodiment are welcome.

Individual proposals of 300 words and a brief biographical note should be submitted by February 15th, 2020 to youarehereconference@gmail.com. For panels and group presentations, please submit a 500 word abstract as well as a brief bio for each participant. Please include any AV/tech needs in your proposal.

Our organizing team consists of Creighton University Graduate Students Maranda Loughlin, Natalie Torrez, Joanna Conings, Anas Althuwaini, and Ryan Webber and Faculty Members Dr. Surbhi Malik, Dr. Matthew Reznicek, Dr. Trey Moody, Dr. Faith Kurtyka, and Dr. Lydia Cooper.

Email any questions or inquiries to youarehereconference@gmail.com or to matthewreznicek@creighton.edu. Check us out on social media or on our webpage:

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