Literature in a Time of Crisis

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The Fourth Annual Queens College English Graduate Conference CFP



Conference Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2017


The fourth annual Queens College English Graduate Conference comes at a post-election moment when much of the nation is concerned about maintaining and preserving hard-won rights in a changing political environment. Many groups within our society and across the globe feel under siege, dismayed and alarmed by proposed restrictions based on gender, race, and religion. As it often is in times of crisis, literature becomes a place where we seek to examine and understand seemingly abhorrent ideologies. For this conference, we are interested in looking at the roles that creative expression play in periods of social, political, environmental, and economic upheaval. How have writers in other historical moments confronted similar feelings of unease? What are the genres and forms that best help us cope during times of crisis? What can we learn from difficult texts that take on challenges in literature and culture? We want to engage in a conversation not only about how texts and readers respond to pervasive, often oppressive beliefs, but the process of resisting those beliefs and struggling against powerful new cultural norms.

The QC English Graduate Conference is a chance for CUNY graduate students to share their research interests with the larger CUNY community. Submissions must be critical or theoretical works about literature and/or culture and can be portions of larger works or works-in-progress.

Possible submission topics include but are not limited to:

Genres for Troubled Times

·      Apocalyptic narratives

·      Protest literature

·      Science Fiction/ Fantasy

·      Children’s/ YA Literature

·      Comics and Graphic Novels

Sizes, Scales, and Magnitudes

·      Planetary

·      Global and Transnational

·      Colonial and Post-Colonial

·      National

·      Regional

·      Personal

Varieties of Crisis

·      Financial and Economic

·      War and Genocide

·      The Body in Crisis

·      Politics and the Demos

·      Crisis of Faith and Belief

·      Emotional Challenges

Crisis Management

·      Utopian Writing

·      Aesthetic Remedies

·      New Social Imaginaries

·      Redistributing the Sensible

·      Belonging and Sociality

·      Coalitions and Intersections.



The Fourth Annual Queens College English Graduate Conference CFP

To Submit a Proposal

Please send proposals of 250 words max to QCEnglishMAconference@gmail.com by Monday, February 20, 2017. Proposals should be pasted in the body of the email. Please include your full name and the name of your program and school.

All Queens College MA, MFA and MS Ed students are welcome to submit, as well as master’s students from other CUNY schools. If you have any questions, please email











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