Resistance and Persistence: Possibilities of (Re)emergence

deadline for submissions: 
February 21, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English at Binghamton University

11th Annual Graduate English Conference at Binghamton University

Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders 

Call For Papers 

*STAB2021 will be held on a virtual platform



                                                  Resistance and Persistence: Possibilities of (Re)emergence


Date of Conference: April 24, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Manu Karuka


In light of the recent civil uprising against police brutality accompanied by the Covid-19 pandemic on the global scale, we bear witness to the intersections of political and ecological emergencies that tacitly or explicitly demarcate hardening boundaries across race, class, gender, ability, and citizenship. These heightened moments of crises unequivocally expose imbalanced access to health care and racialized as well as gendered capitalistic extractivism as embedded in modern history and its production of  the“human.” Confronting the silencing, oppressing, and exploiting global regimes of capitalistic expansion, there is also a restless history of resistances that enacts itself in moments of protests, activist artworks, daily acts of expression, and especially, in persistent communities forming under duress. For this year’s conference, Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders invites voices that engage in tandem people with the planet,  resistance with persistence, and survival with revolt. We ask: How do we understand the immediate and long moments of duress and its connection to systematic violence? How may we theorize the intimacies between policies and ecologies of discourse? In what ways may form provide bases or modes of resistance to normalized ways of Death? How may we theorize the intimacies between policies and ecologies of discourse? Which traditions or archives can be excavated so as to combat institutional assaults on academic freedom? How, as humanities scholars, can we speak to resistance as a historical imperative? Prospective participants should submit their proposal of 300- words to no later than February 21, 2021. With the proposal, include a separate page with presenters’ bios, department affiliations, and technical requirements, if any. Questions or concerns should be directed to  Chenrui Zhao at


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Anthropocene and Capitalocene
  • Biomedicalization and Technoscience
  • Community Forming under Duress
  • Decolonial studies
  • Racial Capitalism
  • Social/Political Activism
  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • Modern Incarceration system 
  • subaltern studies/revolt/history,
  • aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics, 
  • Information activism