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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Annual Conference

“Cultural Carolina” – Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference

Languages, Literatures and Cultures Graduate Student Association (LLCGSA) Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina 

Otherwise Human
February 29th, 2020
Call for Papers – Deadline: December 20, 2019

 This conference encourages participants to think about the question of humanity and its others. We invite all graduate students to submit abstract for presentation from the greatest range of perspectives possible and across disciplines such as literature, linguistics, languages, history, music, women’s & gender studies, cultural studies, sociology, biology, psychology, philosophy, etc.

Papers might consider:

  • How has literature and philosophy addressed the relation between humans and animals?
  • Human representations in sci-fi, horror, dystopian novels and movies in relation to other species
  • The role of sex, gender, race, class, religion, disability, ethnicity, nationality, culture, etc. in the attempts of defining the human. And how are these attempts questioned and criticized?
  • The challenges of human enhancement and technology's influence on the concept of the human. Literature's, film's etc. response to these challenges (e.g. in the idea of cyborg).
  • Literature’s, philosophy’s attempts to think the human in the Anthropocene. How are humanistic concepts questioned and critically assessed?

Please send a 250-word abstract (as a PDF or Word document attached) by December 20, 2019 to For panels, please submit a 250-word abstract for the panel and an abstract for each paper in the panel. Papers will be accepted in English only. In the body of your email, please include the following:

            Full name, academic title, affiliation, email, and keywords

In the body of your email, please include the following: 

  • Full name
  • Academic title
  • University affiliation
  • Email
  • Keywords

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