UVa GradCon 2022: Networks

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Graduate English Students Association, University of Vriginia
contact email: 

We are delighted to extend the following updated invitation!

From April 7-9, 2022 the Graduate English Students Association at the University of Virginia will present its annual conference, titled and themed Networks. Our conference committee seeks papers by graduate students, as well as scholars, teachers, researchers, artists, and community leaders, institutionally affiliated or otherwise, on the topic of “networks.” 

 Can the “individual” be reconciled with the “collective”? Can “binaries” be reconciled with “systems”? How can methodologies of citation, quotation, and publication honor the complex relationships among the people and texts behind knowledge production? How does the higher education classroom function as a node in the university or broader community (and which pedagogies capitalize on or trouble this framework)? 

While the awareness of networks, of wide-ranging connections—human and otherwise—has entered popular conversation in a new way over the past two years, artists, scholars, activists and others have long devoted themselves to illuminating and studying them. From contemporary artist Trevor Paglen’s 2015 photography of undersea cables to the open-access Slave Voyages Database sitenetworks—nodes and connecting pathways, the global and the local, the theoretical and the material—continue to inspire, unsettle, and connect our ways of thinking and being. We encourage you to share your studies, your stories, your poetry, and your projects with us as we gather in spring 2022. 

More information may be found in our CFP, linked here, as well as on our website

Although we belong to UVa’s Department of English, the interests of Networks extend well beyond departmental walls and disciplinary and institutional borders. In our view, contributions from history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, media studies, communications, cinema and film studies, art history, and many other disciplinary fields will generate a richer and more robust shared conversation about the notion of “networks” and its multivalent significances. Please see also our Community Engagement Statement of Interest for more details on our commitment to a broad definition of collaborative scholarship. 

We look forward to corresponding, and to reading your submissions, which should be uploaded to our  Google Form by December 15, 2021. Please direct any queries to the conference co-chairs, Tarushi Sonthalia (ts3ud@virginia.edu) and Annyston Pennington (ahp9pn@virginia.edu). Please also feel free to forward this email to whatever listservs and organizations you may consider relevant.