English and Journalism

Conference Theme: War and Peace: Violence, Justice, Representation. 

Student Perspectives

Western Courier 

For a story about the keynote address, please check out Why War Movies Matter from Dezyre Stewart of the Western Courier.  EGO faculty advisor Chris Morrow and treasurer Beth Clothier are quoted within!

English Graduate Students

For more photos from the conference, please check out the EGO Facebook page's Conference photo album.

English 180 Students

The following are reflections on the keynote address by former Co-President John DeGregorio's English 180 students:

I honestly went to the speech expecting to be completely bored like I am at most school events that I’ve been to. However, the speech given by Dr. Stacey Peebles was a refreshing change. The subject of her speech was one I found to be most interesting for the majority of her speech. It was interesting to hear about the different war films that have been made over the years. It seems that there have been a lot which was weird to me because they are not advertised as much as other films are. It made me wonder if the majority of war films go straight to DVD instead of being shown in the theaters. I also enjoyed the part in her speech where she introduced the poet Bryan Turner to us. I am a big fan of poetry so hearing a war veteran’s poem about his experience really caught my interest. I think it was a good way to connect the audience to soldiers and their experiences. The part of her speech where I became a little less interested is when she began to speak about “digital verite” in full depth. After she told us what it was and gave a few examples it just became boring for me. She focused on the technique for a while and it just failed to grab my attention the way the previous subjects did. Other than that I found the event to be educational but not too boring and I liked the fact that she was willing to answer any questions audience members had.

--Breanna N. Clark, Journalism

I thought it was very interesting how she spoke of digital vérité and of all the movies. She definitely knew what she was talking about with this stuff. With some of the topics she talked about I was somewhat confused at times. She used bigger words that were unfamiliar to me. But what I did understand, I thought was interesting. I haven’t seen any of those movies but after listening to her talk about them, I really want to watch a few of them over break. It was harsh when she showed the picture of Gilligan and the picture of the person with the leash. I didn’t realize things like that happened over there. She talked like she knew exactly what was going on and the harshness of everything happening. If things like that really happen, what is the world coming to? If it’s like that now, just think of the future and how terrible it possibly can get. I know that I will not be joining the military ever, but I know people that have and it worries me that things like that could happen to them. It would be devastating to ever see any of those pictures in real life. She put everything in a perspective that everyone could think about on a certain level. I did enjoy listening to her speak on all of the views of war in the movies. I’m very glad I went to the speech.

 --Hannah L. Becker, Music Therapy

 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

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 ego@wiu.edu 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.