College of Arts and Sciences

“Economy: Moral Challenges and Opportunities”: A Conference on Language and Literature (abstracts accepted through 9/23/16)

Friday, September 30, 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016

English Graduate Organization & Sigma Tau Delta, Western Illinois University

Email: ego@wiu.edu

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta ( ΣΤΔ ) chapter of Western Illinois University call for  paper or panel proposals from graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty for our thirteenth annual conference in Macomb, IL on Friday, September 30, 2016 and Saturday, October 1, 2016.
 
Literary critics have long used the concept of economy in a multitude of ways to understand literary texts, from internal economies of forms and genres to the profound effects of economic structures that produce and constrain knowledge and literacy. From the production and distribution of writing to the funding of universities, economics is often the determining factor in what is written,  what is read, and how it is all interpreted. Critical movements including Marxism and new historicism are steeped in economic understandings of literature and writing practices, while deconstructionists, gender and sexuality theorists, critical race theorists, and postcolonial critics all speak of both global economics and specific symbolic economies of meaning. Writing studies  is also steeped in questions of economics that define the possibilities for literacy and social justice and that undergird all pedagogies.
 
Scholars of literature and writing studies are hardly dispassionate or uninterested ethical actors. At the heart of humanism are serious moral and ethical aspirations, but these are always defined and constrained in the last analysis by economics. From the history of colonialism to contemporary debates about the value of a humanities degree, meaning and money are always deeply intertwined.
 
Dr. Jennifer Ruth will deliver the keynote address “Citizenship in the Age of Financialization: From Hannah Arendt to George Saunders to Gary Shteyngart" on Friday, Sept. 30th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in 109 Morgan Hall.
 
This year, we invite proposals for papers or for complete panels that address literature, writing, ethics, and economy.
 
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
—Literature and Economics
—Writing and Economics  
—Literary Criticism and Economics
—Literary Forms, Genres, and Economics
—Literary Celebrity and Economics
—Canons and Economics
—Shakespeare and Economics
—Symbolic Economies
—Postcolonial Economies
—Literature, Writing, and Sustainability
—Economics and Pedagogies, Radical and Otherwise
—English Studies and the Economics of the Contemporary University
—Creative Writing with a focus on Economy or Economics
 
Please send 250-word abstracts or inquires to ego@wiu.edu by September 9th, 2016. Abstracts will be accepted until September 23, 2016.

English Graduate Organization / Sigma Tau Delta Conference
Department of English
124 Simpkins Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
309-298-1103

Submission Directions for Graduate Conference Paper Awards: Graduate students are eligible to apply for prizes for the best three papers (critical or creative) presented at the conference. To apply, interested graduate students must send their complete work, as it will be presented, as a Microsoft Word attachment to ego@wiu.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Winners, who will be announced at the end of the conference, must attend and present their papers at the EGO/STD Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Submission Directions for Sigma Tau Delta Undergraduate Conference Paper Awards: Undergraduate members of Midwestern chapters of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society are eligible to apply for respective prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for the best three papers (critical or creative) presented at the third annual STD/EGO Regional Conference at Western Illinois University. To apply, students must send their complete work, as it will be presented, of no more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Midwestern Regent Dr. Tim Helwig at TW-Helwig@wiu.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Winners, who will be announced at the end of the conference, must attend and present their papers at the regional conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Sigma Tau Delta Regional Networking and Workshop: The conference will include regional networking and a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. Midwestern Student Representative Haley Helgesen and Midwestern Associate Student Representative Shelly Romero will host a roundtable entitled, “Maximizing Your Convention Experience,” and will offer advice and answer questions related to presenting analytical papers and creative writing at the international convention to be held in Louisville, KY, in March 2017.

Hotel Rooms: Conference attendees are encouraged to make reservations at the Quality Inn (1646 N. Lafayette Street, Macomb, IL 61455). To make a reservation, please call the hotel at 309-837-2220.

Campus Map and Directions to Campus: Directions to Western Illinois University can be found here.  

Articles About This Conference

from The Mirror and the Lamp

Presenting at the EGO Conference by Emily Bryce Swain

Pictures

2016 ego conference