Wed, October 31 2012 (all day event)
Bondage and Liberation
SAGES First Annual Interdisciplinary Student Conference
The University of Akron
February 27, 2013
The Society of Akron Graduate English Scholars is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming conference on February 27, 2013. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Bondage and Liberation.” This interdisciplinary conference is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and will be hosted in conjunction with SAGES by The English Department at The University of Akron.
In the novel, aptly titled Of Human Bondage, William Somerset Maugham wrote that there were “two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action,” yet it is rare for any of us to attain these things without finding ourselves bound by external forces. We are bound by laws, politics, finances, social status and other societal structures that are necessary for our communities to survive. We are also bound by our emotions, by our religious beliefs, and by our self-defined moral values—the kinds of bonds that engender participation or resistance in each of us.
What compels us to create bonds with one another? Are we creatures of habit, bound by fate and destiny, or are we meant to test our limits and break ourselves free from those bonds? If freedom is a right, in what ways are we constrained by economic, biological, environmental, cultural, and political forces, and when does liberation become a necessity? Who draws the line? Our conference aims to address these issues and many more by exploring varying degrees of bondage.
Possible sub-themes may include but are not limited to:
- Addiction and Obsession
- Revolution and Resistance
- Economic Inequality and Instability
- Identity Politics
- Gender, Sex and Sexuality
- Subversion and Submission
- Debt and Liability
- Despair and Forgiveness
- Property and Possession
- Outlaws and Oddities
- Disease and Decay
- Alternative/Dual(Duel) Identities Courtship and Social Theory
- Positions of Power
- Reliance and Technology
- Crisis and Rehabilitation
- Supply and Demand
- Parasites and Viruses
We seek submissions from across all disciplines. Submit individual abstracts (no more than 400 words) directly to SAGES by October 31, 2012 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Those abstracts selected will be organized into specific panels to be presented at the conference on February 27, 2013.
Creative Writing and Visual Media Presentation Submissions
All Creative writing manuscripts need to be submitted in their entirety. Presentation proposals (no more than 400 words) and creative writing manuscripts are to be submitted directly to SAGES via email (email@example.com) by November 16, 2012. If you are unsure whether or not your project would fit our conference, send inquiries to James Bigley (firstname.lastname@example.org), Secretary of SAGES.
Annual Student Awards reception
When: Wednesday, April 29 2015 03:30 PM - 17:00 PM
Honors & Prizes
The University of Akron's Department of English