Fifth Annual Post45 Graduate Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
November 20, 2019
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Updated Deadline: 11/20/19

Fifth Annual Post45 Graduate Symposium

February 28-29, 2020

New Brunswick, NJ 

Co-Hosted by Rutgers and Princeton University

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Walkowitz

Additional Faculty Participation by Kinohi Nishikawa, Sarah Chihaya, Josh Kotin, Jeffrey Lawrence, Kristin Grogan, Paul Nadal, Christina León and others to be announced. 

Post45 seeks graduate-level works-in-progress related to post-1945 literature and culture. We particularly welcome submissions that expand our conception of post-1945 literature’s histories, boundaries, and future trajectories, or place it in a comparative, transnational, or hemispheric frame.

Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to articles or dissertation chapter drafts. All works-in-progress will be pre-circulated; this will allow participants to consider papers carefully and to generate thoughtful critical feedback—a benefit often absent in traditional conference formats. Papers for the sixteen participants will be shared securely, three weeks in advance of the symposium, giving each participant ample time to read. During the symposium, each paper will receive 35–45 minutes of discussion.

Post45 is a collective of scholars working on American literature and culture since 1945. The group was founded in 2006 and has met annually since to discuss diverse new work in the field. The Post45 Graduate Symposium meets annually to discuss works in progress. Now in its fifth year, it has convened in the past at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, Yale University, UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and UNC Chapel Hill.                                                                                               

Submissions: Those interested should submit 250- to 300-word abstracts through the following Google Form  ( by November 10th.

Note: the form will collect your name, academic affiliation, a brief academic biography, paper title, and an arbitrary four-digit code of your choosing (e.g., 6459). To facilitate the blind submission process, it will also require you to upload your abstract, titled only with same four-digit code. This abstract should not include your name or your institution’s name.

Partial travel stipends will be available to participants.