SCSU Literature and Social Justice Symposium

The Southern CT State University (New Haven, CT) English Graduate
Program is pleased to announce its second annual Literature and Social
Justice Graduate Symposium on Saturday, April 18, 2020 (9:30-4:00
PM). This spring’s symposium will explore the intersection of literature,
social justice, and the public humanities in the 21st century through a
a mix of graduate panels, roundtables, and open forum discussions, with
keynote talks by Dr. William H. Foster (Looking for a Face Like Mine,
2005) and Dr. Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon (The Black Circuit: Race, Performance, and Spectatorship in Black Popular Theatre, 2020). They invite paper proposals from graduate students working in any area of literary scholarship, writing and rhetoric, or English education.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • labor, inequality
  • class, race
  • poverty
  • ecology
  • the natural world
  • animals and the non-human
  • sex and gender
  • migration
  • global conflict
  • urban studies
  • place and literature
  • political aesthetics
  • ethics
  • digital environments
  • social justice pedagogy

Please send a title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and a copy of your paper (7 pages min.) to Dr. Joel Dodson, English Graduate Coordinator at by March 14, 2020. Papers selected for presentation should be 15 minutes in length, though the original paper submitted with your abstract may be longer. They welcome inquiries regarding papers or proposed topics at the address above. Panelists will be notified in the third week of March, and registration will begin April 1.


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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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