CFP:Weaving Worlds: Interconnecting Literature, Culture and Community (11/15/08, 12/15/08; 2/18-20/09)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Weaving Worlds: Interconnecting Literature, Culture and Community 19th Annual Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association Mardi Gras Conference
February 18-20, 2009
Panel Proposal Deadline: 15 November 2008
Paper Proposal Deadline: 15 December 2008

Call for panels and papers:
We are seeking proposals for panels and papers that address connections as well as gaps between literature, culture and community. During this conference we will explore the many ways in which fragmentations and interconnections occur at the centers, boundaries and outsides of texts, identities, and groups.
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
– The role of literature in representing and in sustaining communities (particularly oral literature and folklore)
– Literary communities throughout the ages and their places in the larger society and literary history
– After fragmentations, omissions and interruptions in texts, we are interested in the shattered pieces that we are left with, or in some cases, the pieces we are left without. Is there a way to recover from this state of fragmentation?
– How do authors deal with fragments in identities, histories, and communities in literature, especially in postcolonial literature?
– In what ways does literature interconnect fragmentations, and in what ways does literature make obvious fragmentations?
– How to patterns of inheritance affect the states of literature, culture or communities?

This year’s conference will, once again, feature the Jim Springer Borck Essay Prize. The EGSA will
award $50.00 to the author of the winning essay and make a donation of $100.00 in the author’s name to the American Diabetes Association. Details concerning the award and eligibility will be available at the conference website.

The 19th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference will take place in Baton Rouge, LA, right in the swing of Mardi Gras season. Those interested are invited to submit an abstract of 250 words (no later than December 15th, 2008), to the following email address:
Attn: Zayne Turner & Fulya Holtze,
EGSA Mardi Gras Conference Co-Chairs
(website update forthcoming)