CALL FOR PAPERS
“Reading the Landscape”
The Second Annual City College of New York Graduate Literature Conference
Conference Date: May 17, 2019
Submission Deadline: April 5, 2019
Landscapes inspire contemplation. Some consider landscapes to be natural while others see them as something created by effacing people and their work. Much literature centers on relationships between people and landscapes and how these relationships are shaped by economic forces.
“Landscape” can be interpreted in many ways; not only a barren windswept heath but also a towering city skyline could be considered a landscape, for example. To further extend the concept, we might talk of the media, literary, academic, or political landscapes. Regardless of how we define the term, this conference seeks to explore how we imagine ourselves as part of the contexts we inhabit. Among other questions, we want to ask how we view landscapes, how we create them, and how they shape us. Participants should consider how attention to landscape informs our understandings of literature and culture.
Submissions can be either critical or creative works. Portions of larger works and works-in-progress are welcome. Possible submission fields of study include but are not limited to:
- american studies
- animal studies
- comparative literature
- cultural studies
- ecocriticism and environmental humanities
- feminist and women’s studies
- marxist literary theory
- pedagogical studies
- postcolonial and decolonial studies
- psychoanalytic criticism
- queer theory
- race and ethnic studies
- travel writing
- urban studies
- visual culture
Please send proposals of 250 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, 2019. Proposals should be pasted in the body of the email. Please include your full name and the name of your institution and program.