Keynote Speaker: Professor Holly Dugan, George Washington University
The English Graduate Student Union of West Virginia University is pleased to announce our annual interdisciplinary conference, taking place on Saturday, March 11th at the WVU Downtown Campus in Morgantown, West Virginia. The theme this year will be exploring the subject of frontiers and the myriad complications they entail.
Presenters should feel free to explore the idea of frontiers in some of its broadest terms. Guiding questions include: what are the implications of imagined borders within the frontier narratives of 19th century America? How do literary borders situate, sustain, and undermine the British empire during the same period–and where do we find additional historic, scientific, and cultural parallels? How does the rise of post-apocalyptic fiction in popular culture speak to the constant search for new frontiers? How does the proposed Anthropocene epoch affect the drawing back or expansion of sensual or ecological frontiers?
Creative writing panels in prose and poetry are also encouraged.
Submission Deadline: January 13th, 2017.