Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World Literatures graduate specialization in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, hosts distinguished E3W graduates and honors their recently published books. The symposium is convened each year in the spring semester and includes a roundtable discussion with the featured alumni on their books, a keynote address from these alumni on their new work in progress, and panel discussions by current graduate students on topics raised by the books. In addition, events are held before the conference to circulate ideas about the visiting scholars' work.
For the 13th Annual Sequels Symposium we are excited to announce that E3W alums Eve Dunbar and Kenneth Kidd will be the keynote speakers. The symposium will take place on April 10-11, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin.
Crossing genres and borders, Eve Dunbar and Kenneth Kidd both engage with the ways that literary imaginations inform twentieth century American culture. They approach their subjects from an interdisciplinary standpoint, with a focus on mutual exchanges between literature and the scientific discourses of anthropology (Dunbar) and psychology (Kidd). Dunbar’s work in Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers Between the Nation and the World (2012) is a “study in representations of belonging” which traces black authors’ uses of ethnographic and anthropological tropes to imagine the United States as “a third narrative space...the region.” Kidd examines the relationship between children's literature and psychoanalysis in Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Literature (2011), and he borrows from J. M. Barrie's description of Peter Pan to describe his subject as "neither children's literature nor psychoanalysis but rather their interactions and odd offspring...the 'Betwixt-n-Between.'" Together, the marginalized genres, the scientific discourses, and the regions Betwixt-n-Between explored by our speakers inspire the Thirteenth Annual E3W Sequels Symposium call for papers.
UT Austin's Ethnic and Third World (E3W) Literatures Interest Group calls for papers in honor of the work of distinguished alumni Eve Dunbar, Vassar College, and Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida. We invite proposals for 20-minute-papers that analytically engage with topics related but not limited to:
- Marginal Literature, Marginal Genres, Representations of Belonging
- Children’s and Young Adult Literature
- Ethnic Regionalisms
- Third Spaces, Borderlands, Transitional Zones
- Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy
- Imagination, Imaginary Regions, Imagined Communities
- Black Nationalism, Internationalism, Diaspora
- LGBTQ and the Family, Childhood Studies
- Scientific Perspectives: Anthropology, Ethnography, Ecology
- Cultural Translation, Cultural Performance
- Psychology, Psychoanalysis
- American and Transatlantic Literature
- Copy and paste your abstract of 150-250 words into an email (no attachments).
- Include a brief biographical statement (max 150 words) and your complete contact information.
- Please put Abstract 13th Annual Sequels Symposium in the header of your email.
- Send it to SequelsE3W@gmail.com
- Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, March 7, 2014.
Department Chair, Dr. Liz Cullingford, delivers the opening remarks for Sequels 2011.