(CFP) Post45 Graduate Student Conference

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February 5, 2015 to February 6, 2015
United States
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Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Intellectual History, Literature

Post45 Graduate Student Conference

February 5 & 6, 2016 -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keynote Speech by Danielle Christmas

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English Department seeks graduate-level works-in-progress in post-1945 American literature and culture. Works-in-progress may range from conference papers to article or dissertation chapter drafts.

Perhaps most distinctive about the Post45 conference method is its commitment to examine pre-circulated work. Reading works in progress before convening allows conference participants time to consider papers carefully and to generate thoughtful critical feedback, a benefit often absent in traditional conference formats. Papers for the sixteen to eighteen participants will be securely pre-circulated over the winter break, giving each participant ample time to read. During the conference, each paper will receive 35-45 minutes of discussion.

Those interested should submit 250-300 word abstracts to gradpost45@gmail.com by November 25th. In the body of your email, please include your name, academic affiliation, a brief academic biography, and an arbitrary four-digit code of your choosing (e.g., 4032). Please attach your abstract as a word document, including only the same four-digit code, and not your name, at the top.

Post45 is a collective of scholars working on American literature and culture after 1945. The group was founded in 2006 and has since met annually to discuss diverse new work in the field. See the Post45 website for recent articles, past conference details, and information about the Stanford University Press book series. 

Danielle Christmas is professor in English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her critical interests include African American literature and Jewish American literature, as well as Holocaust literature and slavery studies. Her current manuscript, “Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor and Social Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction,” concerns how representations of Holocaust and slavery perpetrators contribute to American socioeconomic discourse.

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