Urban Experience: An Interdisciplinary Conference

The University of St. Thomas English and Art History graduate programs will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Date & Time:

Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


McNeely Hall (MCH) 100
Graduate Student Presentations in breakout rooms to be announced

Call for Papers

 Urban Experience:
An Interdisciplinary Conference

The University of St. Thomas Art History and English Graduate Programs will host an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 24, 2020. While papers addressing any aspect of literature, film, art history, architecture, museum studies, new media, and cultural studies will be considered, the graduate programs particularly welcome proposals for papers exploring the conference theme aross all time periods, media, and geographical regions. We are also seeking creative writers to read original work related to the conference theme during a lunchtime reading performance.

Urban Experience is central to many works of art, literature, and museums as sites of political and cultural struggle, both affirming and challenging the status quo. The aim of this conference is to explore this theme in an interdisciplinary way, engaging a wide variety of approaches, traditions, innovations, and points of view, in texts from any historical moment.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Writing/Viewing Urban Experience: Human rights; immigration; housing; museums; memorials; gentrification; neighborhoods; politics; crime; education; activism; redistricting; planning; urban sprawl; transportation; migration; immigration; translation; progress; labor.
  • Literature, Art, and Urban Environments: Sustainability; climate change; waterways; urban wildlife; native species; parks; deconstruction and reconstruction of the environment.
  • Urban Identities in Literature and Art: Gender; sexuality; race; abilities; ethnicity; intersectionality; safe spaces; Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements; class division; poverty; prostitution; human trafficking; homelessness.  
  • Urban Literacy/Art/Cultural Histories: Local; national; international; anthropocentric; dystopic; utopic.
  • Technology, Visuality, and Textuality in the Urban Environment: Artificial intelligence; artificial reality; solar energy; contagion; social networking; traffic.
  • Creative Reactions to the City: Street art; performance art; installations; built environment; public art; creative writing; music; architecture; landscape art; urban gothic.

We encourage analyses of artistic, literary, architectural, historical, cultural, cinematic, digital, and/or other textualities. Proposals for whole panels (three presenters) or roundtables (four or more presenters) are welcome in addition to individual papers. We also welcome creative writing samples from writers who would like to read their work during the conference.

For consideration, please submit a 400-word abstract for individual papers, panels, or roundtables, or a 5-10 page creative writing sample, to citiesconference2020@gmail.com by March 1, 2020.

Event Image Credit:
Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887-1986
City Night, 1926
Oil on canvas
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of funds from the Regis Corportation, Mr. and Mrs. W. John Driscoll, the Beim Foundation, the Larsen Fund, and by public subscription, 80.28
©Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art

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

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