Sometimes the big brains in the academy decide to do things that seem to relate to us. Nothing has ever struck me as more "us" than this:
Subject: Graduate Student Conference: Submit a paper
From: Kathleen Wider
Date: Dec 3, 2007 10:51 am
I thought some of you might be interested in considering submitting a paper to
the following conference. The due date for abstracts of papers is January 11,
2008. Something to work on during that empty holiday time!!
The Department of Languages and Literature, University of Utah, presents
Confutati - Graduate Student Symposium
February 21-23, 2008
Vox Populi / Vox Poetica
Abstracts due January 11, 2008
Vox populi/vox poetica. The voice of the people, the voice of the poet.
In a rapidly globalizing world, more and more voices circulate and are
heard. In an increasingly digital universe, voices intersect and diverge
in new ways; are disembodied, break down. In the academy, scholars
explore and celebrate the extraordinary range of "vox" speaking through
literature and through culture today. Traditionally marginalized, the
popular voice joins the poet's voice in our seminars and in our
research. Graduate students, marginal voices in the profession, are
uniquely poised to interrogate the complex 21st-century relationship
between the popular and the poetic.
Our 4th annual graduate symposium asks the questions: In what ways has
the popular been identified with the marginal, both historically and
presently, poetically and culturally? In what ways has the popular
become integral to the current mission of the Humanities? How can we, as
graduate students of Comparative Studies, take advantage of the current
atmosphere of disciplinary flux in the academy to redraw the frontiers
(national, cultural, theoretical, aesthetic) of the popular and the poetic?
Keynote address by Michael Palencia-Roth, Trowbridge Scholar in Literary
Studies and Emeritus Professor of Comparative and World Literature at
University of Illinois (Urbana).
Participants may submit their papers for consideration in the refereed
graduate journal, Utah Foreign Language Review
We invite submissions on, but not limited to:
o The role of the Graduate Student: Virtues and vices of working in the
margins in academe
o Aesthetics in/of the vox populi vs. the vox poetica
o Vox populi as a revolutionary voice
o Vox poetica as inherently exclusionary and/or its ability/inability to
embody the vox populi.
o Economically marginalized voices
o Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and their affects on voice across media
o De-centering and fluidity of critical voices
o Constructions of critical voices
o 'The Critic' throughout history, both as character and/or as author
o Re-engaging with forgotten voices
o Pop Culture (of any form or media)
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org