SEGue: Symposium for English Graduate Students

SEGue: Symposium for English Graduate Students


SEGUE—A Symposium for English Graduate Students: “Genres and Boundaries”
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the College at Brockport

SEGUE is a regional symposium for Master’s students, students beginning Doctoral programs, and their peers in English and closely related fields. The purpose of SEGUE is to showcase the best work of these graduate students; to convene students and faculty in a collegial setting; and to prepare Master’s students for their next segue, be that into further study or a profession. SEGUE welcomes all students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the public to join the audience.

The 4th Annual SEGUE will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the College at Brockport. This year’s theme is “Genres and Boundaries,” which will guide the symposium’s consideration of a number of questions. What are the boundaries of the creative and critical work that we do? Of the institutions and categories within which we work? What boundaries within our work and practice are asserted by genre and generic expectations? While presentations are certainly not restricted to the symposium’s theme, we do invite contributions that might consider some aspect of “Genres and Boundaries,” including:

  • The features and history of literary and cultural genres (including but not limited to: the novel, the Gothic, poetic genres, sentimental fiction, sci-fi and speculative fiction, fantasy, children’s and young adult literature, comic books and graphic novels, emergent forms of short fiction, non-fiction genres, crime, horror, the Bildungsroman, the epic, drama, film genres, television)
  • How genres change, clash, and hybridize
  • Creative writing and process in literary genres; or, how genres put boundaries on writing
  • Creative writing in emergent genres
  • Boundaries of humans, bodies and subjects: queer, feminist, race, gender, and disability theories and readings
  • The boundaries of “literature” and literary genres
  • Literary periods as boundaries
  • Gendered genres; genre and race
  • Writing in and beyond national boundaries
  • Expanding the boundaries of academia

We invite submissions in the following formats:

  • Individual research presentations on topics in literary and cultural criticism, theory, or history (15-20 minutes)
  • Individual original creative works in any genre (8-10 minutes)
  • Panels or roundtables on topics in literary and cultural criticism, theory or history (75 minute sessions)
  • Collaborative sessions on creative process and experimentation (75 minute sessions)

Please submit proposals of up to 300 words (for individual presentations) or 500 words (for panels or roundtables) to this website by November 17, 2018. Proposals should include:

  • presenters’ name
  • institutional affiliation
  • contact information including e-mail address.
  • for panel or roundtable proposals, please include the names and e-mail addresses of all participants.

If you have questions about the submissions process or the symposium, please contact Cherise Oakley .

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