Call for Papers

Madison Graduate Conference on English Language and Literature

Organized by the English Graduate Student Association (EDGSA) at
University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 17-18, 2017
Madison, WI

(Re)Vision: Past, Present, Future
With Keynote Speaker Dr. Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia

We invite submissions for papers, posters, and creative works that address the theme of revision to consider disciplinary boundaries and methodologies, writing practices and pedagogy, and textual temporalities. We furthermore encourage scholarship that engages with vision and visuality, including work on bodies, the senses, visual cultures, and the formation of identity. Through the course of this conference, we hope to foster conversations about how we see (and re-see) our work and our world.

Papers, posters, or creative works in any area of English studies are welcome; those on the following topics are particularly encouraged:

  • Temporality (historicism, presentism, and futurity)
  • Materiality, media, visuality, and visual cultures
  • Senses, the body, and identity
  • Perspective and point of view
  • Discipline, methodology, public humanities, and pedagogy
  • Genre, audience, and writing practices

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words through this form ( by Sunday, December 18, 2016. Three papers may be submitted together as a panel proposal; please submit each abstract separately and indicate that they are part of a panel proposal. Questions may be directed to

The conference will begin with a keynote and reception on the evening of Friday, February 17, 2017. Saturday, February 18 will feature concurrent paper panels, a poster session, and a plenary talk by an advanced UW-Madison dissertator.

This event is co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Madison, the Wisconsin Experience Grant, Medieval Studies, the Department of English, and the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment. The EDGSA is an independent registered student organization.