UAH English Graduate Student Conference

Boundary, Abyss, Horizon: Rethinking "Frontier" in Literature and Culture

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2020

“Frontiers” denote unknown spaces and landscapes where intellectual, cultural, historical, social events, and advancements take place or are imagined taking place, especially at the expense of others. As a signifier, then, “frontier” subsumes concepts of boundary and border pertaining to political incursion or displacement. It gestures towards the interplay of what is known and what could be known, while begging us to consider the processes--forceful acquisition or cultural advancement— that afford us such knowledge. Our conference seeks papers that parse the many literary and linguistic uses of “frontier"-- whether as landscape or theoretic concept, as intellectual borderland or political abyss. We welcome scholars in literature and writing studies and we, further, invite representations of frontiers in original creative writing works. We invite panelists to Huntsville, Alabama, a city that instantiates the complexities of “frontier,” sitting on the Drane Route of The Trail of Tears and known as the “Rocket City” as the home of NASA and its advancements in space exploration and technology. 

Send 250-word abstracts via email to Joseph Taylor (wjt0003@uah.edu) by February 15, 2020.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Heather Houser (University of Texas at Austin),Dr. Heather Houser (University of Texas at Austin), author of Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data (Columbia UP 2020) and Ecosickness in Contemporary Fiction (Columbia UP, 2014)


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