The 2006 University of Virginia Graduate English Conference | March 31 - April 1, 2006

3.5.06 Please note submissions for the 2006 conference are now closed. Archived CFP below.

The Graduate English Students' Association in the University of Virginia's Department of English would like to invite submissions to our annual conference, to be held from March 31st to April 1st, 2006.

This conference invites papers that examine literary studies and its relationship to 'the world' and multiple acts of 'worlding.' All texts represent a world, in the strict sense of aesthetic mimesis. Some papers might address this first sense of worlding: how literary texts reflect their world of production and reception, and in doing so bring worlds into being, be they aesthetic, textual, historical, economic, political, cultural, or psychological. What then is the relationship between the 'world' projected in the text and that which it inhabits? In what ways does a text reconstitute or reconfigure its world of production, reception, and imagined possibility?

But we are especially concerned with recent crosscurrents in literary studies - including changes in postcolonial, transnational, transatlantic, cross-cultural, and globalization studies. How have new developments in these fields changed the terms, debates, analyses, and objects of Anglophone (or other) literatures from all periods and cultural traditions? How do textual worldings redefine notions of identity, subjectivity, belonging (local, regional, national, global) and literary history itself? How do we respond to the 'globalizing' of literary studies? And given this new direction, what risks and possibilities are at stake?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

We are also pleased to announce our two distinguished keynote speakers, who will be addressing these and other questions: Kwame Anthony Appiah (Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Univerity) and Wai Chee Dimock (Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University).

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (or panel proposals of no more than 700 words, including descriptions of individual papers), making note of planned A/V needs, to uvagesaconf2006 at gmail dot com no later than March 5th, 2006. (No attachments, please.) Please address any other inquiries to the same address.