15th Annual Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

Resisting and Revising
MEGAA symposium poster

Friday, March 9, 2018 — Oxford, Ohio
[O]ne of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.
-- bell hooks

On the afternoon of November 16, 2018, the House Republicans passed a tax bill that sparked immediate debate and concern among graduate students and those in higher education.  Included in this bill were provisions to eliminate the tax-free nature of graduate student tuition waivers, make interest paid on student loans no longer tax-deductible, and cut tuition benefits for children of employees.

In response to this bill, graduate students and higher education officials banded together to resist, revise, and remix the conversation.  Berkeley graduate students created an online calculator for students to estimate the extra costs associated with the House plan; university presidents across the nation came together to send letters to elected state officials to oppose these provisions; and individual students and residents held rallies, spread information, and wrote to representatives to oppose the reform.

Actions and responses like these lead to a host of questions: what does it mean to “resist?” How do we organize resistance efforts inside and outside of academia? How can we resist in our scholarship and teaching? And, how can we resist in order to build coalitions, and ultimately, a better world?

To that end, the 15th Annual MEGAA Symposium invites proposals for papers and panels by graduate students from all disciplines that investigate Resisting, Revising, and Remixing. Submissions might include traditional academic presentations, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid forms, workshops, and panels. We are open to resisting and  pushing the boundaries of the traditional academic conference.

Possible lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • Narratives of resistance

  • Resistance in literature or fiction

  • Resisting capitalism

  • Resisting neoliberalism

  • Decolonization

  • Political resistance

  • Teaching/performing  activism

  • Protest work

  • Collective resistance

  • Institutional critique

  • History of resistance

  • Implications of resistance

Submitting Proposals:

Please submit your proposal using the following form:

https://goo.gl/forms/yUcE58XbgsNGYh3x1

The deadline is February 12, 2018: 11:59 p.m. EST. All inquiries can be directed to the MEGAA Symposium Committee at MEGAAblog@gmail.com.