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The Department of English at CSU Los Angeles has announced that
the CSU Graduate Student Conference, Significations, will
take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008. 

The keynote speaker for the
conference will be Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Professor
English at the University of California, Santa Barbara,
whose research focuses on Asian-American and
post-colonial cultural productions and ethnic and
feminist writing. Professor Lim will give a midday
keynote address.

The conference will be held from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Throughout the day, CSU
graduate students will be presenting papers on a wide
variety of subjects in the fields of literary and
cultural studies. The cost of attendance is $35 and
includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a copy of the
proceedings.  Extra copies of the proceedings are
available for $12 each.

Significations 2008

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registration form for CSULA students

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registration form for non-CSULA students

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formatted version of the conference schedule

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Call for Papers
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call for papers

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for a copy of the flyer announcing the conference

About the Speaker

Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia, came over to the United States as a
Fulbright and Wien International Scholar in 1969, and
completed her Ph.D. in British and American Literature at
Brandeis University in 1973. 

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She has published two
critical studies,
 Nationalism and Literature: Writing in English from the
Philippines and Singapore
(1993) and Writing
South East/Asia in English: Against the Grain
and has edited/co-edited many critical volumes, including Reading
the Literatures of Asian America
; Approaches
to Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior
; Transnational Asia Pacific; and Power, Race and Gender 

in Academe;
and three special issues of journals, Ariel
(2001) on microstates, Tulsa
, on transnational feminism, and Studies
in the Literary Imagination
, on contemporary Asian
American literature. Her work has appeared in journals
such as New Literary
, Feminist
, Signs,
Literatures Review
, World
, and American
Studies International
. She edited/co-edited Asian
American Literature; Tilting the Continent: An Anthology
of South-east Asian American Writing
; and The
Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology
received the 1990 American Book Award.

Among her honors, Lim has received the UCSB Faculty Research
Lecture Award (2002) and the Chair Professorship of
English at the University of Hong Kong (1999 to 2001), as
well as the University of Western Australia Distinguished
Lecturer award, Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer award,
and the J. T. Stewart Hedgebrook award. She has served as
chair of Women’s Studies and is currently professor of
English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lim is also recognized as a creative writer. Her first collection
of poems, Crossing
the Peninsula
(1980), received the Commonwealth Poetry
Prize. She has also published four volumes of poetry: No
Man's Grove
(1985); Modern
(1989); Monsoon
(1994), which is a retrospective selection of
her work; and What
the Fortune Teller Didn't Say
(1998). Bill Moyers featured Lim for a PBS special
on American poetry, "Fooling with Words" in
1999, and again on the program "Now" in February 2002.
She is also the author of three books of short stories and
a memoir, Among the
White Moon Faces
(1996), which received the 1997
American Book Award for non-fiction. Her
first novel, Joss and Gold (Feminist Press, 2001), has been welcomed by Rey Chow
as an "elegantly crafted tale [that] places Lim among
the most imaginative and dexterous storytellers writing in
the English language today." Her second novel, Sister
g, appeared in March 2006, and her children’s
novel. Princess
, will be out in March 2008.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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