We are issuing a Call for Submissions for scholarly and creative submissions for a National Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “The End?” to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington from March 25th-27th, 2010. We are especially interested in creative submissions!
We are looking for graduate student writers to give readings of their work that engage with the conference theme either thematically or formally (or both). Readings that challenge notions of endings, structure, or traditional formal boundaries, are all welcome, along with work that engages with the conference theme within the piece itself, through narrative or language. This conference hopes to examine how endings and limits are depicted, along with how we surpass (or are constrained by) them as writers.
Other topics might include, but are not limited to:
Endings as beginnings / beginnings as endings
The end of genre, crossing genre
The apocalypse and apocalyptic literature
The end of the human
Violence, death, grief, trauma
Moments of crisis
The ends of the earth
Fringe, margins, outlines
The future of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.
We encourage proposals for individual projects as well as panel proposals organized by topic/theme/form. Again, we are committed to involving as much creative work as possible in the conference and representing a wide variety of writers.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words describing your work and its relation to the conference theme, as well as five representative pages of creative work and as a short description of yourself, by January 15th, 2010 to:
iugradconference(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @).
Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Department of English