College of Arts and Sciences


Seventh-Annual English Graduate Organization Conference 
October 22-23, 2010, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Keynote speaker: Dr. Amy Earhart, Texas A&M University

Contemporary society is pervaded by the culture of computing, and digitization continues to create new processes and patterns.  In My Mother Was a Computer, Katherine Hayles remarks,

As the worldview of code assumes comparable importance to the worldviews of speech and writing, the problematics of interaction between them grow more complex and entangled.

Given the increasing complexity of these worldviews, how do traditional forms adapt to new information ecosystems?  Do humanities disciplines sufficiently address the problems of intermediation (interaction between worldviews of code, speech and writing)?  How are the areas of research, teaching and writing affected by digitization?

WIU’s English Graduate Organization invites 200-300 word abstracts for papers, or complete panels, on any aspect of humanities in the digital age, broadly defined to encompass the common ground between information technology and issues in humanities research, writing and teaching. We welcome submissions for twenty-minute presentations, or complete panels, in any area of the humanities, particularly interdisciplinary work.

Possible subjects for proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Information technology and text analysis, language processing, language learning 
  • Libraries, archives, delivery, management, preservation of humanities digital resources
  • Computer-based research and computing applications in all areas of literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship
  • Use of computation in the arts, architecture, music, film and theatre
  • Electronic literature
  • Composition and the writing process; alternative rhetorics
  • Cultural impact of new media
  • The role of digital humanities in academic curricula
  • Online pedagogy
  • Digital humanities and diversity

Please send abstracts to Christine Jach by October 1, 2010. There is a registration fee of $20 or $25 on the day of the conference. We welcome submissions by postal mail as well: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.


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