Call for Papers: Deadline Feb. 17, 2012

2012 UTSA English Graduate Symposium Celebrating Women’s History Month:

“Transformations: Gender and Engendering Change”

       Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Institute/Consortium for Social Transformation and
the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio
March 31, 2012 at The University of Texas San Antonio in San Antonio, TX
Opening Panel Discussion including Dr. Antonia Castañada and Dr. Norma Cantú
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2012
“I believe by changing ourselves we change the world.”
– This Bridge We Call Home

This symposium offers an opportunity to share academic and activist projects committed to the examination of systems of oppression in the interest of transformation. The symposium anticipates a specific focus on the intersections of  gender, race, sexuality and class that contribute to oppression, but can also be the key to liberatory methodologies and theories in academic departments, literary studies, and pedagogy. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together graduate and undergraduate students, scholars, writers, artists and performers. Guiding research questions for the symposium might be: What were our thoughts, ideas, technologies, fears, passions ten years ago? Thirty years ago? In the past millennia? And what about the future?

We invite papers that engage concepts of the corporeal, the self, community, the academy, and activism. Papers may challenge, complicate, critique, or expand current conceptualizations of gender and transformation in all disciplines, including, but not limited to, gender, literary, cultural, queer, feminist, environmental, American, political,subaltern, bicultural, language, and popular cultural studies. We also encourage topics that propose new and imaginative approaches to discourse analysis, methodology, and pedagogy. Visual arts and rhetoric proposals are highly encouraged; the symposium will feature an exhibition of artistic responses such as paintings, drawings, and sculptures related to our theme. We also invite creative writing proposals that bridge disciplines and explore questions of  transformation, revolution, liberation, and imagination.

Some possible topics include but are not limited to:
– Narratives of Transformation/Transformative Narratives
– Feminisms/Women’s Studies/Gender Studies
– Queer Studies and Theory
– Transgender Studies
– Third Space Feminisms
– Linguistics/Language/Translation Studies
– Body Politics
– Racial and Cultural Representations
– Critical Race Theory
– Identity Formation/Representation
– Popular Culture/Film/Performance Studies
– Autobiography Studies
– Transnational Discourses of Race/Nation
– Globalism and Colonialism
– Concepts of communities/nations/space
– Alternative literacies
– Pedagogies in the grade school, university, and/or feminist classroom
– Discourses of development, progress, and difference
– Transformative Art/Transformative Music
– Spirituality

Please submit 250-word individual abstracts or panel proposals (panel proposals should be comprised of a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole and titles for each paper) to by February 17, 2011. Paste your proposal into the body of the email message and include any technology requests. Please also include your contact information.

The conference registration fee is $10.00 to be paid upon sign-in on the day of the conference. Please plan to pay by cash or check only, as we cannot accept credit cards. We apologize for any inconvenience might cause.

Email Subject: Abstract for Transformations
Deadline: February 17, 2012


About SFA English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is a student-led, professional, and social organization of graduate students in the English department. EGSA organizes activities such as: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; and getting graduate students together for informal social events.

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