Call for Papers

   Exploring the Public/Private Binary

Call For Papers – “Exploring the Public/Private Binary”
NC State English Graduate Conference
Conference Dates: Feb 22-23, 2013
Abstracts Due: November 15, 2012
contact email:

The Association of English Graduate Students at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for our fourth annual graduate student conference in the humanities, which will be held February 22-23, 2013 at Tompkins Hall in Raleigh, NC.
With the current election season in full force, debates over social, economic, and political issues seem to increasingly reflect a tension between the public/private binary, and the ongoing conflict that results when the personal becomes political. Scholars are encouraged to explore how their own research and interests in English & Humanities makes a significant contribution to our understanding of this binary, be it in its current iteration, the historical development, or a diachronic snapshot of another cultural moment.
We welcome submissions that re-frame existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of the debate over public and private, as well as those that make strides to understanding how our research might provide insight into our own current moment.
Broad topics might include:
- The function of literature & film in developing the public/private distinction - The changing boundaries of public vs. private in digital spaces
-The ways that language shapes our understanding of public and private
-Literary and historical insight into the development of or conflicts over public vs. private
-Explorations of the implications of this debate for specific populations (gender, race, class, etc) & identity politics in general
We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities: English studies, literature, linguistics, film studies, creative writing, scientific/technical writing, rhetoric, composition, communication, cultural studies, and others.
Email your submissions to no later than November 15, 2012. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words. Include your name, institution, and course of study in the body of your email. Please remove all identifying markers on the abstract itself. We will send confirmations upon the receipt of your proposal.