Border Crossings: Interplay within English Studies
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
February 21-22, 2003
Sponsored by: The Graduate English Society, Texas Tech University
Chair: Russell Willerton (Russell.email@example.com)
Texas Tech University
Department of English, Box 43091
Lubbock, Texas 79409-3091
The 8th Annual Graduate English Society Conference will be held
February 21-22, 2003 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The theme of this year's conference, "Border Crossings: Interplay Within English Studies," reminds us that our many fields of interest within English studies provide numerous opportunities for exploration through interplay and interactions.
The area of Popular Culture obviously comprises a vast array of topics, media, and concerns. For proposals in this area, we would like to see studies that take the idea of Border Crossings, this year's conference theme, as a broad thematic concern. Such studies could consider and perhaps emphasize the dynamics at the borders between different and often highly divergent elements that converge into cultural tendencies, movements, traditions, revolutions, etc. As these borders or boundaries are examined, approaches can be made toward how the dynamics of interaction between different elements of culture shape and are shaped by different perspectives of culture.
Some possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
the interaction of theory with popular culture, particularly those theories dealing with borders and margins, such as postcolonialism, gender theories, literary chaos theory, and social theory
the development of artistic movements or genres in various media
interactions involving diverse elements of culture (such as TV, literature, film, theater, music, toys, comic books, food, sports) and broader cultural conceptions
the evolution and impact of icon figures in any area of popular culture
the interaction between religion, mythology, or folklore and popular culture
the interaction of comedy and culture, through various media including film, theater, literature, television, or stand-up performance
cultural conceptions and relevancy of special days or events, whether they are designated as special for social, political, historical, or traditional reasons
interactions between popular culture at large and elements of computer culture, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and/or electronic communication
We would like to emphasize that these are just some possible areas of discussion, and that even the Border Crossings theme is open to interpretation. We welcome and will appreciate any proposals discussing the dynamics of interaction between any element(s) involved in the development of culture. Specific panels will be arranged based upon the proposals that we receive.
Please send 250 word proposals for this area to Dean Bowers at the e-mail address below. Please include all of the information specified below with the proposal.
Procedures and Deadlines
Deadline for proposals: November 18, 2002
Proposal information must include your name, e-mail address, mailing
address, telephone number, institutional affiliation, area of study for your presentation (e.g., British Literature), technology requests (not guaranteed), presentation title, and 250-word abstract. If you would like your home web page or a web page having to do with your presentation linked to your name on the conference web site, include the URL.
Participants are limited to two presentations (including panels).
The conference keynote speech will be delivered in the evening of
Friday, February 21, 2003, by Dr. N. Katherine Hayles of UCLA, author of _Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science_ and _How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics_, as well as many articles and essays on modern literary theory and the forthcoming book _Writing Machines_. Dr. Hayles will be available to meet with students throughout the day on Saturday, February 22, 2003.
Last year, the GES conference welcomed students from throughout the
United States, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. This year we hope to increase the camaraderie and discussions among students. We will set up a "roommate network" to help students reduce their lodging expenses, if they are interested. The conference will take place in Texas Tech's brand new English-Philosophy classroom and office complex, a spacious, state-of-the-art educational facility.
Acceptance notices will be e-mailed by November 25th.
You must reply via e-mail by December 3rd to confirm your attendance.
Conference packets will be mailed in early December, and the
registration deadline is February 1st.
Accepted and confirmed presenters are invited to submit their papers
for publication in the conference proceedings.
Instructions and a style guide for the conference proceedings will be
published on the conference website.
Proceedings preferred format: e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf
Proceedings deadline: February 1, 2003
If you have questions about the conference or your proposal, please
contact Russell Willerton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Tech University English Dept.
Phone: (806) 742-2501
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