Bridges and Borders: Laboring for Community
A Graduate Student Virtual Conference presented by the Department of English Colloquia in Collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages
a mode of self-care grows into collective care.
So, we ask: What are the ways to incite, develop, respond, produce, care, or labor for community? What are the effects/affects of essential labor in a continual state of emergency? How does labor shape our understanding of gender, sexuality, race, and nation? What additional, unspoken labor is asked of international students, instructors, and faculty members? How do language learners labor to gain access to a community? How do we attend to contemporary and historical representations of collective resistance? Or simply, what does it mean to "just do the work”?
For this year’s conference, we seek papers from graduate students around the world that address these issues from across disciplines, time periods, and programs.
We welcome proposals that consider the following keywords and concepts:
- Institutional power and transformation
- Student labor and pedagogical labor
- Coalition and community
- Relationality, power, and opacity
- Forms of resistance and solidarity
- Emotional labor and invisible labor
- Cultures of ‘Hustle’
- Precarity of creative labor
- Migration and mobility
- Language as labor
- The cultural politics of unfeeling
- Right to speak/right to be silent
- Racial capitalism
- Gendered labor
- Representing labor in literature, film, and art
Research Presentation: Participants present research from coursework, dissertation, or extracurricular projects. Works in progress welcome!
Project Showcase: Participants display, read, or otherwise showcase something they have created (e.g., a poem, a creative work, a website, a document design project).
Special Topics Roundtable: Participants engage in a casual cross-disciplinary discussion about a special topic in the field. This conversation across disciplines and institutions is perfect for anyone seeking a low-labor option for engaging with the conference.
Keynote Speaker: Xine Yao
Dr. Xine Yao is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 as well as co-director of the queer studies network qUCL at University College London. Their first book is Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America which has won Duke University Press’s Scholars of Color First Book Award as well as honourable mention for the Arthur Miller First Book Prize from the British Association of American Studies. Other accolades include the American Studies Association’s Yasuo Sakakibara Essay Prize. She is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and the co-host of PhDivas Podcast.