The GW English Graduate Student Association Symposium 2017:
Tracing Power & Community in Cultural Memory
Friday, February 24, 2017
219 Gelman Library
(2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Keynote Speaker: Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University
The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at George Washington University is excited to announce our 2017 symposium, (re)collections: Tracing Power and Community in Cultural Memory. (Re)collections hopes to explore the ways in which representation, community, and power collide. That is, how do societies represent themselves within their literature, art, and pop culture? How to they represent subaltern or minority groups, such as colonized, disabled, poor, racialized, or LGBTQ+ subjects? Where are the spaces where these non-dominant groups find ways to represent themselves?
The keynote address, “Infamous Bodies: Saartjie Baartman and Corrective Histories of Race,”
will be delivered by Georgetown’s Samantha Pinto.
(re)collections will engage with the following subgenres:
Critical race theory and representations of the Other
Representations of disability
Gender and surveillance
Representations of historical figures or celebrities
Cultural memory and historical events
Digital Humanities and archives
Fame and popular imagination
Theories or depictions of the masses, multitude, crowds, etc
Panelists will present papers that explore examples of a dominant culture’s suppression, representation, or celebration of non-dominant cultures. Inversely, they may also look at how outsiders within various communities position themselves within a larger – and potentially more powerful – group.
Presentations will further examine questions about time & history:
What are the historical events, movements, and figures that get remembered and celebrated?
What gets changed, condemned, or left out of literary and historical recollections?
What are the forms of expression that are best suited for recollecting past events or people?
Can theory of novels, poetry, or film help inform this question?
Finally, “collection” can also refer to an archive or canon. How does canon formation or exclusion of certain works from a canon or collection, impact literary criticism or historical debates? What role do the digital humanities or social media play within this dynamic?
(re)collections is free and open to the public.
All are invited to attend!
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Snacks and refreshments will be invited, and the full schedule is forthcoming.