Please read the following message from the EGSA VP for Academic Enrichment:
I hope you had a relaxing break. I'm writing to let you know that the deadline for the call for papers to the EGSA conference "Bodies in Space" has been extended until Monday, January 23 at midnight. This is a great opportunity to test conference papers out [for instance, in a happy accident, the UMD graduate conference is also focused on bodies this year] in a relaxed environment and a chance to share your work with your classmates, (plus a nice line on your cv for those of us who think about such things). I highly encourage you to submit an abstract to support our second annual conference.
Here's the CFP again:
Call for Papers: Bodies in Space: Emerging Scholarship in Literary and Cultural Studies
[The Panopticon] is a type of location of bodies in space, of distribution of individuals in relation to one another, of hierarchal organization, of disposition of centres and channels of power, of definition of the instruments and modes of power ... – Michel Foucault
The English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the call for papers for oursecond annual graduate student symposium Bodies in Space: Emerging Scholarship in Literary andCultural Studies to be held Friday, February 10, 2012.
Foucault’s reading of the production of docile bodies notwithstanding, the aim of this conferenceis not to consider the ways that the multiplicity of concentrations in the fields of Literature andCultural Studies stand in relation to each other, but instead consider how they stand in relationwith each other (and the ways that these relationships are always promiscuous and overlapping).Thus, rather than an image of a body pinned to a specific space, the title alludes to the many waysthat bodies and spatiality might be productively considered in literary criticism. More generally, wemean to provide a frame large enough to encompass all of the interesting work going on in the GWEnglish department. In this symposium, we hope to foster conversation between presenters andparticipants across concentrations and even disciplines through the intersections of currentgraduate student work. We welcome any and all submissions and encourage submissions frompreviously written course work or works in progress, including dissertation chapters andconference papers.
Abstracts should be submitted, along with your contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on Monday, January 23, 2012. Submissions must be 250 words or less and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Please include 2-3 keywords at the bottom of your submission and include the words “Conference Submission” in the subject line of your email. Conference presentations will be approximately 15 minutes, and panels will be organized after submissions have been accepted.
We also welcome any volunteers who would like to be involved in the organizational / logisticalside of the symposium, be it chairing a panel or assisting with lunch.