College of Arts and Sciences

Call for Papers

Macomb, IL, November 9-10, 2012.

full name / name of organization:

English Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University

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War and Peace: Violence, Justice, Representation

The English Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University invites submissions for our ninth annual conference. We are interested in how the humanities, social sciences, and sciences navigate and interpret the spaces of war and peace. We seek papers and panels that address any aspect of war or peace.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Interpreting peace
  • Interpreting war
  • Possibilities and practices of peace
  • Media representations of war and peace
  • Religion, war, and peace
  • The literature of war
  • The literature of peace
  • Social justice movements
  • War, peace, and the environment
  • “War” as metaphor, e.g. “War on Drugs,” “War on Poverty.”
  • The economics of war and peace
  • War and science
  • Science and peace
  • Geographies of war or peace
  • Philosophies of war or peace
  • War, peace and national identities
  • Gender and sexuality in war and peace
  • Trauma studies
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Postcolonialism
  • Imperialism

The EGO conference intends to explore all areas of English Studies and the Arts and Sciences. Furthermore, we welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in war and peace to submit proposals.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Stacey Peebles, assistant professor of English, at Centre College. Dr. Peebles’s research focuses on representations of war and violence, and she has published numerous articles on a diverse array of artists, including: Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, Terrence Malick, and Michael Herr. Her most recent book, Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq, was published by Cornell University Press in 2011 and concentrates on the portrayals of American soldiers, in both the Gulf and Iraq Wars, across narrative mediums. Dr. Peebles will speak on Friday, November 9th, and the conference will be held on Saturday, November 10th.

Please send 250-word abstracts to by October 5th 2012.

We also welcome submissions by post: English Graduate Organization, Department of English & Journalism, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455-1390.

This event will be co-sponsored by EGO, the College of Arts and Sciences, University Theme Committee, and the Provost's Office. All events are free and open to the public.