Thinking Its Presence 2017 Conference on Race, Creative Writing, and Art
Abstr. due: 01.05.2017
Dates: 19.10.17 — 21.10.17
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: The University of Arizona Poetry Center
We welcome writers, poets, artists, performers, and scholars to propose papers, panels, performances, and readings on issues of race in contemporary prose, poetry, and art. We invite all work that engages race, creative writing, and scholarship in contemporary literature, but we are particularly interested in proposals that honor the legacy of the work of poets, playwrights, artists, performers, and scholars like Monica Hand, Michael S. Harper, Fred Ho, Eduardo Chirinos, John Trudell, James Allen McPherson, Gloria Naylor, and José Esteban Muñoz and other stellar innovators in the arts appropriate to your interests. We are also interested in proposals that address the following:
The idea of “adequately imagining” [race and culture] and theories and work inspired by keynotes, features, and tributes
The topic of race within MFA, PhD, and Academia in general, and institutions/memberships like AWP, MLA, ACLA, CAA, NAISA, NEA, AHA, and CCCC among others (to recognize the interdisciplinarity of pedagogy, rigor, scholarship, and practice across the disciplines and to welcome collaboration among the arts and humanities (for artists, historians, and scholars alike)
Race and pedagogy
The role of “creating” and “imagining” in contemporary scholarship
The relationship among aesthetics, politics, and representation in minority literatures and broader creative practices
Whiteness and literary authority
Intersections between creative, autobiographical, and theoretical work in minority literary traditions
Writing, performing, teaching
Accepted panels and readings will be incorporated and celebrated with receptions and Q&A events. While funding is limited, small honorariums for additional readings will be considered.
Valid email address and biography for all event participants
Complete event description (500 word count) including a title. Type of event must be clearly stated. All events can have up to five participants. Please include a moderator and up to four participants for panels and talks.
Complete event statement of merit (500 word count).
Confirmation that each proposed presenter is willing to participate in the event. (Registration is $30 for students; University of Arizona students, faculty, and alumni may attend for free; $60 for general registration).
Readings can showcase poets and writers, presses, organizations, plays, text-oriented performers, and other innovative presentations adhering to conference themes (3-5 readers per event).