Human Terrains: Identity, Geography, Politics

April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2015

Keynote speech by Jasbir Puar

Master class by Marlon Ross

Taxonomy and tribe; gender and globe; state, sex, and system. We’re categorization machines: it would sound like a weak generalization if it weren’t such a persistent impulse. We survey exteriors and interiors. We reform law and language in a quest to codify identity. The more terrain we successfully chart, the wider, deeper, more tortuous we find the human landscape. How manifold are the ways we can map our worlds?

The University of Virginia Department of English is seeking graduate student conference papers dealing broadly with the human and the geopolitical. We welcome papers that work with texts and media from any historical period, particularly those that investigate questions of global and local identities, transnational networks, and geographic spaces physical and imagined. We invite our presenters to explore subjects such as:

Submit 250-300 word abstracts to gesaconference2015@gmail.com by January 15, 2015. Please include a brief academic biography, including your name, email address, and academic affiliation. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length (about 8-10 double-spaced pages).

Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), and the forthcoming monograph Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity (Duke University Press, 2014) which takes up questions of disability in the context of theories of bodily assemblages that trouble intersectional identity frames. Her research interests span critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, feminist globalization studies, immigration and diasporas, queer studies, sexualities studies.

Master class presenter Marlon Ross is a professor in the University of Virginia department of English. He is the author of Manning the Race (New York University Press, 2004) and The Contours of Masculine Desire (Oxford University Press, 1989).