Politics and Sensation: Texts and Subtexts

The University of St. Thomas English graduate program will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Date & Time:

Friday, April 21, 2017
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Anderson Student Center (ASC), Woulfe Alumni Hall South
Graduate Student Presentations in ASC 202 and 341

This call for papers is now closed. A full schedule and program will be available on this webpage when it becomes available.

The University of St. Thomas English Graduate Program will host an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 21, 2017. While presentations on any topic will be considered, the graduate program particularly welcomes proposals for papers exploring the conference theme, which may include:

  • Identity and Archetypes: examining political identity and archetypes (and their subversions) in literature, including domestic/sentimental fiction, gothic literature, sensation fiction, post-colonial literature, afro-futurism, westerns, satire or post-apocalypic fictions.
  • Bodies, Sentiments, Sensations: significations of body and bodies, bodily sensations, embodied and disembodied feelings and modds, representations of the part and the whole, order and disorder, fitness and "deformity," beauty and monstrosity.
  • Self-fashioning and Networking: exploring various representations of the self, the body, ideology, and identity politics and how they become unstable.
  • Frontiers, Borders, Fringes: political uses of place, space, geography and travel.
  • Beyond Borders and Global Networks: transnational or global interdisciplinary political exchanges imagined in texts and between writers, artists, viewers or readers.
  • Encountering Bizarre Politics: magical realism, gothicism, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, fan fiction, graphic novels or science/fantasy fiction.
  • Digital Dialogues: the politics of twitterature, hypertexts, blogs, memes and alternative media.
  • Rhetoric and Speech(lessness): analysis of news media/journalism, social media, political discourse or fake news.
  • Sensational Consumption: celebrity culture, romance, social media, gossip, scandal and conspiracies.
  • Context, Subtext and Intertextuality: the politics of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.

We welcome all critical approaches, methods and/or theoretical lenses - and discussion of all forms of media (literary, visual, cultural/political, journalistic and digital).

Proposals for whole panels (three presenters) or round-tables (four or five presenters) are welcome.

We are also seeking proposals for poster presentations that assert arguments about literary, visual or cultural texts. Contact the conference organizer for samples and for details on submission format.

Finally, we invite proposals for a round-table titled "I read the most amazing book recently!" Participants will share literary texts, critical studies or theoretical works that took them to the edge and beyond - texts that truly transformed their thinking.

All events are free and open to the public and handicap accessible. For accessibilty requests contact: (651) 962-6315.

Building location and parking: stthomas.edu/campusmaps.