Cultural Currency & Literary Exchange: Cultivating Texts as Commodity

Dates: November 6th and 7th, 2008
Location: 215 Dauer Hall, University of Florida
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2008.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Susan Rosenbaum
Friday, November 7th, 7:30pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

The University of Florida English Graduate Organization invites submissions related to literature, culture, and commodity for an interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Florida, November 6-7, 2008. With the emergence and increasing availability of various forms of media and multiple literacies, the nature of texts, authors, and readers and the relationships among them are being questioned and challenged. A wide variety of scholarship has engaged in analyzing the literary marketplace, the influences of commercial culture, and the commodification of both texts and authors. This conference will explore the shifts and transformations that result from placing items of “literary” analysis into a broader context of circulation, popularity, and marketing.

We welcome both critical and creative abstracts that explore any issue that addresses literature and commodity. We encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) critical theory, cultural studies, postcolonial and critical race theory, literary studies, digital and virtual studies, media studies, philosophy, critical pedagogy, historical perspectives and contexts, queer theory, and gender studies.

EGO Officers and Conference Coordinators:
Megan Leroy <megleroy@ufl.edu>
Lisa Dusenberry <ldusenbe@ufl.edu>
Katharine Westaway <katharinewestaway@gmail.com>
Michele Lee <mcl8455@ufl.edu>

EGO webmaster:
Lisa Dusenberry <ldusenbe@ufl.edu>