College of Arts and Sciences

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power

October 24-25, 2014

English Graduate Organization & Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University


The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University is currently seeking both individual papers and panel proposals from graduate and undergraduate students for our eleventh annual conference in Macomb, IL on October 24– October 25, 2014.

Though we are particularly interested in papers about place, privilege and/or power, any topics within English Studies will be welcomed. The EGO/STD conference intends to explore all areas within English Studies, including but not limited to writing studies, pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, film studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. We welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and encourage graduate and undergraduate scholars from all areas of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences who have an interest in place, privilege and power to submit proposals.

Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Literature of Place
  • Rhetoric of Power
  • The State of the major
  • Sustainability
  • Agrarian Literature
  • Privilege
  • Higher Education
  • Colonialism
  • Capitalism and Consumerism
  • Displacement
  • Class
  • Tradition and Custom
  • Language, Rhetoric, and Power
  • Race and Power
  • Home
  • New Media
  • Positionality
  • Marginalization

Please send 250-word abstracts (and any questions) to by September 30, 2014.

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Julie Rak, professor of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta, will be our keynote speaker. Her work has been published numerous journals including Prose Studies, Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and International Journal of Canadian Studies. Her talk will focus on her current book project, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing and Film.

UPDATE:  The talk will now take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the early afternoon, specific time and location TBD.  

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been set aside at both the Comfort Inn and the University Union Hotel. The Comfort Inn is located on Route 67 and the Union Hotel is located on campus. The University Union Hotel is recommended for those traveling
to Macomb without a car so that you can walk rather than drive to the conference.

Comfort Inn:

A block of rooms with two double beds has been set aside at the Comfort Inn for the conference at a reduced rate of
$57 per night. When reserving your room, inform them that you are with EGO/STD.

Comfort Inn
1646 N Lafayette St
Macomb, IL, US, 61455
(309) 837-2220

University Union Hotel:

A block of rooms with two double beds has also been set aside at the University Union Hotel for the conference at
a rate of $65 per night. The Presidential Suite is also available at a rate of $125 per night When reserving your room, inform them that you have the confirmation code: 141024003.

University Union Hotel
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL, US, 61455
(309) 298-1941

Campus Map and Directions to Campus:

Directions to Western Illinois University can be found here

Articles About This Conference:

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