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The Associated Graduate Students in English (AGSE) at CSUN will hold its annual graduate student conference on Saturday, April 28th, 2007 in Jerome Richfield Hall Room 319.  This year's conference title is "Red Light Literature: Confronting Taboos.”  We are looking for papers that explore the theme of taboos and their incarnations and transformations including, but not limited to: dissections, deconstructions, blurrings, violations, regulations, disruptions, and/or transgressions. Papers may or may not consider taboos in terms of genre, culture, gender, geography, sexuality, disability, race, class, religion and/or politics. Creative writing, Literature, and Rhetoric & Composition submissions related to this theme are all welcome.
 
You may also submit papers individually or as a panel. Please send your drafts or abstracts to csunagse@yahoo.com by March 28th.

The conference will go from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Each presenter will have approximately 10 minutes of speaking time, so please plan your submissions and proposals accordingly. The full conference registration fee is $20.00, and includes a copy of the published proceedings for presenters, a continental breakfast, and a delicious lunch.
 
Admission is $5.00 for those who wish to attend the keynote address only.

Our keynote address this year will be on “Taboos & Bad EYEgiene: Recent, Startling, Developments in the Semi[-er]otic History of the Latina/or Body” and will be presented by William “Memo” Nericcio, Professor of Latin American Studies, Chicana/o Studies and Literature at San Diego State University and Chair-elect of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.  Nericcio is the Chicano/Tejano author of the new book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America and will be reading from the book and signing copies after the event.

 

Please feel free to contact cynthia.glucksman@csun.edu or esabaiz@csun.edu with any questions. You can also visit us at http://www.csun.edu/~agse/ for information and updates.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you at the conference.