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English MA Student and Alumni Symposium Call for Papers: CHANGE

English MA Student and Alumni Symposium Call for Papers: CHANGE

Saturday March 26, 2016

CHANGE was ahead – now CHANGE is here!

Announcing open registration to submit potential works for presentation at the exciting second annual English MA Student and Alumni Symposium at TCNJ, focused on the theme of Change, to be held on Saturday March 26, 2016. The success of last year’s Poetic Justice Symposium, the program’s first venture into hosting such an event, has inspired much of the preparations for this year’s symposium. For more information on the accomplishments and wonderful work presented at last year’s scholarly symposium, and to learn more about the Department’s vision for the continued support of student scholarship here at TCNJ, visit

The principal aim of this event, sponsored by the Department of English, the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program is to engender a community of research and pedagogical exchange in language and literature. For this year’s theme, in tandem with the yearly campus theme sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council (CICPC) and as announced at last year’s Poetic Justice event, the Symposium will invite current MA students and alumni to submit 300-word abstracts for 15-20 minute presentations on the topic of Change.

***Deadline for abstract submission will be Thursday October 15, 2015***

Potential presentations may include any of the following lines of inquiry:

  • The Bildungsroman and other coming-of-age conventions
  • Translation and linguistic variation
  • Genre bending: Changes in form and genre delineation
  • Trans-formation: transsexuality and transgendered identity
  • Nostalgia: posts and pasts
  • Close readings of poetry about change (including original works)
  • Feminist theory in transition
  • Changing representations of peace and non-violence
  • Monstrous change: literary mutants, miscreants and “monsters”
  • Social media and its impact on the field of literary studies
  • Ecocriticism: evolving relationships between nature and humanity
  • Conversion narratives
  • Changing categories of race and ethnicity
  • The transformative power of education
  • Representations of change in young adult literature
  • Colonialism and changing maps of empire
  • Shakespearean and other literary adaptations

To register to attend and for more information about this year’s presentations, please visit

***Deadline for attendance registration: Tuesday March 1, 2016***

Please email all inquiries to