Call for Proposals

Southeastern Liberal Arts Research Conference (SELARC) 2018

The English Graduate Association at Auburn University

The English Graduate Association at Auburn University invites proposals from graduate, undergraduate, and professional scholars on all topics related to “Representation and Embodiment: Studies in Culture, Power, and Citizenship.” The purpose of this year’s SELARC conference, scheduled for April 13, 2018, is to explore the intersections between issues of power, representation, and identity across the disciplines.

Although primarily a showcase for graduate research, proposals will be considered from scholars at every level from any field, including, but not limited to, literature, creative writing, technical and professional communication, rhetoric, composition, philosophy, history, art, mathematics, and social and physical sciences. SELARC is a welcoming environment to share scholarship as well as meet and work with rising and established scholars across the disciplines.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. James Smethurst of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Smethurst specializes in African American literature and culture and is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. His research is especially interested in black cultural and political radicalism. His books include The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance, The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946. His work has appeared in numerous edited collections, as well as in Modernism/Modernity, American Literary History, and African American Review, among others.

The Program Committee will accept proposals for individual papers, posters, and presentations (20 minutes) as well as panels with two or three papers/presentations (60 minutes). Proposals for individual papers/posters/presentations should include a paper title, 250-word abstract, as well as specify any audio visual or other requirements. Proposals for panels should include a 350-word abstract explaining the purpose of the panel, as well as identifying the individual speakers and their papers, and specify any audio visual or other requirements.

UPDATE: The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 30, 2018.