UARK GSE Spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Conference: Extended Call for Papers

Michel La Crue

The English Graduate Student Organization has extended the deadline to submit a proposal to its Spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Conference to February 20. The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, and is open to graduate and undergraduate students. .

See the CFP conference below for our theme. Please submit presentation proposals to this Microsoft form by Sunday, February 20.

Aberrations, deviations and mutations

“Reality is infinitely diverse, compared even to the subtlest conclusions of abstract thought, and does not allow for sharp and radical distinctions. Reality resists classification.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“(N) Not everything fits easily into our classification systems. The world might be, it turns out, too complicated for us to know about.” —Helene Macdonald

In this current moment that resists classification, the GSE 2022 conference is interested in talking about things that refuse to be classified, things that mutate excessively or deviate from the norm, topics that have been categorized as transgressive. We welcome presentation proposals that address the conference theme from a variety of disciplines, including (as a start, but not limited to):

  • Changing the understanding of key concepts in various disciplines

  • Adaptive tendencies in communication or teaching/education

  • Monstrous environments (and monstrous effects on environments)

  • Humanity as contrast with monstrosity

  • Representations of gender as deviant or dangerous

  • Explorations of historical and/or representative representations of race as monstrous (i.e. Get Out (2017)

  • Representations of monstrosity or mutations in literature, art, theater and other media

  • Fictional, artistic, theatrical and/or creative non-fiction performances that explore monstrosity and/or adaptation

The conference also welcomes presentation topics from all disciplines that may “deviate” from the 2022 theme.

Due to concerns for the health of all attendees, the 2022 conference will be held virtually.

Questions can be directed to Michel LaCrue (she/her), [email protected]

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