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Return, Revival, Revolution (Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference)

Tufts University, Medford, MA
Event: Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference
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Event Date: 2019-10-04 Abstract Due: 2019-08-15



Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

Tufts University

October 4, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Rifkin, University of North Carolina, Greensboro



Return conditions much of academic life and study. We reread books, rewrite and revise our papers, and return to sit at a desk day after day. The past several years of television have been marked by remakes and revivals of old shows, from Gilmore Girls to She’s Gotta Have It to Queer Eye. Tracing ancestry has moved from the pages of the archive to prevalent DNA tests for humans and pets alike. What makes us go back? Do we have to go back?


We are interested in work that thinks about what it means to repeat—to reread a text, to relive an experience, to reimagine a future—and what the limits of that repetition are. What revives and what can’t return? What kind of persistent attachments—or detachments—condition the work of humanities scholarship? Who speaks from the archive? How might these returns inspire or arrest revolution?



To dig into these topics, we invite paper submissions from across the humanities that consider what it means to repeat, to interrupt, to cycle. We are particularly interested in papers that span a broad range of disciplines, time periods, and critical approaches to the idea of return and its limits. Possible explorations might include:


Restoration and the archive / Palimpsests / Metabolism and digestion / Cycles and dialectics / Genealogy and ancestry kits / Rereading / Interruption and mansplaining / Hauntings and traumas / Redundancy / Academic trends / Migration and diaspora / Amnesia / Reruns and comebacks / Affect theory / Rumination and meditation / Rewriting and revision / Sentimentality / Genre theory / Temporality




Please send proposals to tuftsgradhumanitiesconference@gmail.com by August 15, 2019. Include a title, brief abstract of 300 words or less, and a short biography including your university and department affiliation. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.



Rebecca Aberle