CSULA Department of English | Events

The English Graduate Student Association is presenting its 16th annual research conference, Significations, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the University Student Union.  As a showcase for graduate research and writing, this conference has witnessed an increase in state-wide participation over the years.  In addition to presentations from our own CSULA students, we will be hosting a number of students from throughout the CSU system. 

We are very excited to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Joshua Clover, UC Davis Professor of English literature and critical theory who will be sharing some of his latest work. 

We invite all students as well as family members and friends to attend panels throughout the day.  All panels and the keynote speaker address are free and open to the public; however, space is limited for the keynote address.  Registered attendees, presenters, and moderators will be seated first. 

For those who wish to register as participants in the conference, the conference fee is $20.  Participants are invited to join us for continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception, and will be provided with a digital copy of the conference proceedings.  Additional copies of the conference proceedings may be purchased for $5.

Significations 2011

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Click here for the conference's registration form for CSULA students

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CSULA students who register before March 28, 2011 will receive full reimbursement of their conference fee on the day of the event.  In order to register, please pick up a registration form in the English Department or use one of the links in the box at the top of this page to download a registration form. 

For more information, please contact Cyndi Donelan, Ashley Kramer, Ken Tighe, or Chris Kennison at [email protected], or call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

About the Speaker

Berkeley, California native Joshua Clover is a graduate of Boston University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop; he received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1991. Professor of English literature and critical theory at University of California, Davis since 2003, Professor Clover also teaches in the Film Studies Program and in the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. A poet-critic, Professor Clover fluidly writes across disciplines as he simultaneously engages poetics, popular culture, politics, economics, and critical theory. He has contributed poetry and critical writing to more than twenty anthologies and journals. His poetry has been chosen three times for inclusion in the annual Best American Poetry series and anthologized in American Poets in the 21st Century, American Poetry: Next Generation, and Norton Introduction to Literature, 10th edition among others. Most recently, his critical work "Autumn of the System: Poetry and Financial Capital" has appeared in Journal of Narrative Theory (2010) and "A form adequate to history: toward a renewed Marxist-poetics" in Paideuma: Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry (2010). Additionally, Professor Clover is a published journalist and frequently contributes to the New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Nation, and Film Quarterly. He is the author of two books of poetry, as well as a book each on film and music, including 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (2009), which won the Time Out New York Book of the Year 2009, and The Totality for Kids (2006) which was a 2007 finalist in the PEN Center U.S.A. Literature Awards and won the Village Voice Book of the Year 2006. The recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Clover earned two Pushcart Prizes and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University where he is researching a book project, Capital Poetics: Poetry and Political Economy, which addresses poetry and political economy, specifically the poetics of globalization as an abstract dynamic and the poetry of the lived situation of late capital.

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