Tuesday, October 23, 2012

University of Houston Graduate Student Conference

The University of Houston Graduate English Society is hosting our 3rd annual Graduate Student Conference.  We want to develop this into an annual event to promote academic discussion and a sense of community between graduate students in the coastal plains region.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your graduate students to participate in a professional, regional, low cost conference and to build those relationships that are so important for all scholars.  The conference web address is http://www.coastalplainsconference.org
Sincerely, the UH Graduate English Society

Join us for our 3rd Annual Conference
Friday and Saturday April 5-6, 2013
at the University of Houston

With Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Rebecca Moore Howard
from Syracuse University
Dr. Natalie Houston
from the University of Houston

"Without Contraries is no progression" - William Blake

Social and cultural evolution depends on revolution. Society stagnates and decays when people stop reevaluating laws, traditions, and expectations. Sometimes, not just to progress but to survive, we must revolt.

The Coastal Plains Graduate Conference on Language and Literature welcomes papers, panels, presentations, and workshops in areas of literature, composition, rhetoric, pedagogy, folklore, film studies, humanities, etc. We are seeking work that enters the discussion of current scholarship and offers an original angle, approach, or application to literary/rhetorical theory.

Please send your 200-300 word proposal to houstonlit@gmail.com by January 14, 2013. Include your name, university affiliation, type of
presentation, and tech equipment needs.

For more information, the website is: http://www.coastalplainsconference.org

Possible topics might include:
● Creation of / birth of new literary periods
● The Revolt of the Other: Analysis of literary characters participating in/creating their own
revolutions, internal or external
● Texts that act as revolutionary acts in themselves
● Protest rhetorics,or the rhetoric of backlash movements against change / revolution
● Critical pedagogy and criticisms thereof
● Revolutionary ideas in pedagogy
● Literary responses to revolutions: historical, ideological, social
● Adaptation and/or translation (could be framed as critically reading or writing back)
● Internal revolutions-within characters or authors
● Cultural revolutions including but not limited to issues of: race, gender, class, sexuality
religious, and political

Graduate English Society
University of Houston

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