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Spaces and Silences The 2nd Annual Georgetown University English Graduate Student Association Conference

Georgetown University February 9, 2013
Deadline for Proposals: November 30, 20112

We invite you to join us as we explore the possibilities located within the spaces and silences of cultural production. Spaces and silences appear as gaps in traditional canons, voices that are not disseminated, or groups who simply choose not to speak or be present. Formally, spaces and silences may manifest as poetic pauses, textual gaps, or even missing words.

How else might we explore the cultural work of spaces and silences? How does absence assert its presence? What productive conversations can form around or within gaps? Can silence work to assert agency?

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, George Washington English Professor Robert McRuer. We look forward to discussion that engages students from all humanities disciplines, and we encourage proposals that investigate topics from philosophical, historical, art historical, theological, literary, and/or women’s and gender studies perspectives. Themes and questions we may consider:

-Commodity culture(s)
-Critical race studies
-Culture of academia/pedagogy
-Disability studies
-Ethics of representation
-Feminist studies
-Film studies
-Hierarchies of power
-Historical periodization
-Human rights
-Questions of canonization
-Queer theory

You will have 15 minutes to present your project. Speakers will be organized in panels, with question-and-answer sessions following each panel. This is an all-day event; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Proposals (200-400 words) should be e-mailed to Annalisa Adams ( no later than 12 midnight on November 30, 2012. Please e-mail proposals as Word documents or PDFs.