Representing the Misrepresented: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Misinformation, Unreliability, and Marginalization

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
February 26, 2016 to February 27, 2016
Location: 
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Graduate Studies, Anthropology, Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies

IUP EGO 2016 Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference CFP


Representing the Misrepresented: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Misinformation, Unreliability, and Marginalization


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sophia McClennen, Associate Director for the School of International Affairs and Professor of Comparative Literature and International Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University

Both our intellectual and personal lives have been characterized by misrepresentation, misnomers, or assumptions represented as facts. Despite this abundance, humanity has also strived to clarify, correct, or explore these misrepresentations when possible. From omissions of violent acts as part of the historical record to visual representations meant to justify oppression, research has the ability to counteract misrepresentation to bring about equality and justice.

The English Graduate Organization of Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites presentations for their 2016 Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on February 27, 2016. We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, poster presentations, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of misrepresentation. We are interested in proposals that explore historical, racial, sexual, environmental, and socio-economic misrepresentation in multiple fields, the changes that clarification or correction has brought to different fields of study, among other topics. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Literature, Composition, Criminology, Anthropology, Art, Communication, Education, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Media, and Sciences.


Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

* The evolving character of the University

 

* Academic freedom

 

* Subjectivity vs. objectivity

* Reconciling past misrepresentations

* Adaptations

 

* Interventions in portrayals of gender as a binary

 

* Pedagogical approaches to misrepresentation
 

* Pivotal shifts in problem solving

* Observations of historical binaries

* Ethnic minorities portrayed by cultural majorities

* Misleading tropes in popular culture

* Information as a commodity

* Misreadings of past cultural works

* Translation problems

* Cross currents within and between disciplines

* Global vs Glocal influences

* Philosophical approaches to truth/truths

* Structures of power and the flow of information



Any proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop should include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief individual abstracts. Please also indicate clearly if you need audiovisual equipment.


Please send an abstract of 250 words or less to EGOconference2016@gmail.com by January 15th, 2016.


Graduate Students are invited to submit papers for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania English Graduate Organization’s annual Graduate Student Awards. 1st place will receive a $100 gift card, 2nd place will receive a $50 gift card, and 3rd place receive a $25 gift card.  Each winner will have her or his paper published in Voices, the official publication of the English Graduate Organization. Students must present their paper at the conference to be eligible to win a graduate student award. To be considered for the award, send complete paper and paper abstract to the English Graduate Organization via email by January 15th, 2016. Papers should be 8-10 pages in length.

Contact Info: 

Please send an abstract of 250 words or less to EGOconference2016@gmail.com by January 15th, 2016.