Southwest English Symposium “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters”

Country: USA

City: Tempe

Abstr. due: 15.12.2018

Dates: 01.03.19 — 02.03.19

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Graduate Scholars of English Association at Arizona State University


The Southwest English Symposium (SWES) is a regional humanities conference held annually at Arizona State University. The conference provides graduate and advanced undergraduate students with an opportunity to present original scholarship before an interdisciplinary audience. We encourage proposals from a diverse range of disciplines within the humanities and other disciplines.

The theme for the 24th Southwest English Symposium is “Borders and Cross-Cultural Encounters.” We cordially invite everyone to submit proposals. The symposium is an ideal venue for presenting seminar papers and current research projects. Possible topics might include:

  • Immigration, migration, and diaspora
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Genre, narrative theory, and their nuances and flexibility
  • Analog and digital borders
  • Science and the Humanities
  • International capitalism, nationalism, and nativism
  • Cosmopolitanism, transatlantic studies, and expatriation
  • Tourism and the travel memoir 
  • Translation and adaptation studies
  • National borders and map-making
  • Life, death, and the afterlife
  • Animal Studies 
  • Posthumanism

Though this is an “English” conference, our theme and interest in interdisciplinary work means we will be considering abstracts from and dealing with topics related to:

  • Film & Media Studies
  • Rhetoric, Composition, Technical Writing, Communications, Journalism
  • Religious Studies, History, Geography
  • Anthropology, Folklore Studies
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Fine and Performative Art

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